Praying the Hail Mary with Pappy! Some Things Are Truly Unforgettable…

Though the thoughts that we fill our minds with are often fleeting and fading, the love that we outpour from our hearts goes and grows onward and outward forever and ever.

I am reminded of this timeless, transcendent truth when I re-watch this video of my grandfather Guy Nicholas Perenich, aka “Pappy” or “Papster,” who was called home to the Heavenly Kingdom on May 11th, four years ago.

Towards the end of his 93-year-long life, he suffered from severe dementia that caused him to forget even the names of his own children and grandchildren. Yet there were two things that he never forgot: the Notre Dame fight song and the Hail Mary.

Indeed, those little prayers we learned as children are more than just simple words… If recited frequently and fervently, they have the power and potential to rearrange the dendrites of our synapses, refresh the depths of our spirits, and ultimately redirect the very destiny of our souls.

After all, what else could infuse consolation, inspire compassion and ignite conviction deep within one’s innermost being? How else could those sparkling eyes and earnest smiles of my amazing Pappy spring up amidst his otherwise seemingly somber circumstances, if not from another otherworldly, sublime, supernatural Source?

And so, in honor of the life and legacy of my Pappy that continues to live and live on, I cheerfully challenge you…

Pray unceasingly. And never underestimate the importance of your profound prayers:

“When you pray with love in your hearts, your prayers are eternal in value and affect souls, world conditions, and the propensity of God’s Mercy. The love in your heart when you pray lights up the world with the Spirit of Truth, making all things new.”*

Serve unreservedly. And never underestimate the influence of your selfless service:

“Each moment is your chance to store up treasures for eternity… How you loved will never be forgotten…. Love gives and doesn’t stop giving. On the day of judgment it will be found in the hearts of those you touched.”**

Love unconditionally. And never underestimate the impact of your limitless love:

“Human connections of love and affection and care are permanent. Those connections create permanent light which lives on in the next world… Create many, many connections of love and affection because those will live forever.”***

Eternal rest grant unto him, Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

And may the soul of Guy Nicholas Perenich, and the souls of all our beloved family members and friends, through the infinite Forgiveness of Christ and tender Mercy of God, rest in Peace.

Amen.

*Mary, Refuge of Holy Love on via holylove.org

**Jesus in God’s Blue Book 2 via sofc.org

***Jesus to ‘Anne, apostle of the Returning King’ in the New Locutions via DirectionForOurTimes.com

Note: The following is an edited version of the full Eulogy I wrote and had the honor of delivering for my “Pappy,” Guy Nicholas Perenich… Enjoy and please keep him in your prayers, and be assured that your smallest, slightest prayers and sacrifices for those who are still awaiting full entry into Eternal Glory can go SUCH a long way!

Pappy, you were a character…

I’ll never forget some of your classic catch-phrases like, “Oye Ve!” “Bill’s in the mail” and “Better than yesterday, not as good as tomorrow!” Whether it was warning us about the infamous “itchy scalp” or explaining to us that “Nina is as Nina does” you always knew how to make us happy, Pappy. Even up until your last few years, as your Alzheimer’s progressed, you never forgot the words “Hail Mary, full of grace” as we would pray the rosary or “Cheer Cheer for Old Notre Dame” as we would clap and sing the fight song together. And surrounded by those you deeply loved, you never lost that spark in your eyes, that glow in your face, that warmth in your smile. Though you couldn’t always remember the right words to say, you never forgot how to make us laugh.

Yes indeed, Pappy you were a character.

Pappy and Grandaddy togeher…wow! What a joy!

Pappy, you were a fighter.

From the tennis court to the courtroom, you had an intensity, a relentlessness, a fire within you, down to the your very core. Your humble, “5-foot-nothing, 100-and-nothing-pound” stature didn’t stop you from serving in the Navy for 2 years during WW2, surviving even a Torpedo attack on your ship in the Pacific. Though you were just like your strong-willed, hardworking Italian family growing up in New York during the Great Depression, you were also a Fighting Irish.

Yes, Pappy you were a fighter.

As a trial lawyer, Guy pioneered the practice of personal injury law dedicated to representing injured claimants out of his Clearwater office in his law firm alongside Frank Muscarella and then later Robert Carroll. 

Pappy, you were a giver.

I’ll never forget the “check wars” that used to ensue after a meal at Carrabba’s or Longhorn Steakhouse when you would insist that my dad to use your American Express card to pay. (Here, I should probably apologize for all the times your grandchildren used your credit card to buy snacks at Innisbrook. But somehow I know you would’ve been disappointed if we hadn’t.) Still, your generosity wasn’t limited to just your finances: you were generous most of all with your time… with your love. Truly, your 9 children, 27 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and the joy they brought you are living proof of that timeless truth, “Give and it shall be given unto you.” Even my own life, my own tennis career, my own extroverted and theatrical personality, and next week, my own graduation from the university of Notre Dame would never have been made possible without you.

Yes, Pappy, you were a giver.

A Christmas photo of Guy with Elizabeth Perenich and all 9 of their children! It’s one big, Catholic, Italian family!

Pappy, you were, like all of us, a human being.

And the story of your life is not the story of God’s perfection, but of God’s mercy, God’s forgiveness, and God’s love. Indeed, the Image of the Divine Mercy, which hung over your bed and upon your wall for the final years of your life says it all. It is an image of Christ holding up His hand not in angry punishment, but in gentle blessing. The inscription simply reads: “Jesus I trust in You.”

Yes Pappy, you were a character, a fighter, a giver, a father, and grandfather to us and a beloved son of God. We love you and we’re going to miss you but now we entrust you to God’s Infinite Love and Mercy until the day our sorrow becomes joy and we are together again in Paradise, as we pray:
Jesus, I trust in You.
Jesus, I trust in You.
Jesus, I trust in You.
Amen.

RIP Guy Nicholas Perenich
March 24th, 1925-May 11th, 2018

“Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy. When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived; but when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy that a child has been born into the world. So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.”

-John 16:20-22

Eternal rest grant unto him, Oh Lord, and perpetual light shine upon him. And may he and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

A Special Easter Message and Prayer…

“I am light. I am peace. I am happiness and joy and love. I am hope and delight. You, my beloved, fill me with hope and delight, just as you are right now. Only I have the eyes to fully recognise what is beautiful and heavenly in you. I look at you and see an infinite ability to spread peace through your trust in me. You cannot see this because you cannot see the effect of even one action of love from you to another. Only I can see the effects that blow into the world through the trust that you offer to me. Come. Let us, together, introduce many origins of love which can move then out into the world from one person to another. Today, we will spread my love, together.”

-Jesus on May 17th, 2020 via ‘Anne, Apostle of the Returning King”

Read more messages at DirectionForOurTimes.com! ^Photo taken by Nouli Samarkos

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HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE! Feel free to click on the following family photo below for a Special Easter YouTube message from yours truly! 🙂

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HAPPY EASTER! Please enjoy this photo of my dad, mom, and I!
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, make our family a little holy family like Yours! 🙂

An Easter Prayer

Dear God,
Our Gentle Father and Friend...
Thank You!

Thank You
for the absolutely beautiful and sublime gift
of this and every precious present moment,
with all its billions of blessings,
both seen and unseen!

Thank You
for the inexhaustible power
and inexpressible peace
that continuously calls out to us
from the lowly manger
of Your Joyful Birth!

Thank You
for the unconquerable hope
and uncontainable happiness
that freely flows out to us
from the bloody Cross
of Your Sorrowful Passion!

Thank You
for the endless possibilities
and ever-new potential
that boundlessly bursts out to us
from the empty tomb
of Your Glorious Resurrection!

Thank You
for the Greatest Gift of all:
Your Son, Our Savior,
Your Love, Our Lord,
Your All and Only,
Our Alpha in Omega:
Jesus Christ!
Who comes to us
as but a helpless baby, a homeless fisherman,
a restless servant, reckless lover,
a speechless victim, a spotless lamb,
and, today, a risen, resurrected, and righteous King!
“For God so loved the world...”

Dear Mary,
Our Blessed Mother and Queen,
Thank You
for Your all-embracing and all-encompassing “YES”
which was the beginning of our unending life
in the Holy Trinity!
Help us to continue to grow that divine life
-in our hearts and in each other-
through our humble “yes” answers,
today and everyday,
until that very last day
of our little lives of hidden, heartfelt
service, surrender, and sacrifice...
when the Lord Himself will finally fully take us
from the trials of earth
to the Triumph of Heaven,
where our uniquely prepared place awaits us
in perfect Paradise...
whispering those words which will be
pure bliss to our aching ears
as we draw our dying breath:
“Well done,
My precious and beloved child,
My good and faithful servant!
Since you were faithful
in small moments and simple matters,
I will give you glorious rewards and great responsibilities!
Come now and enter into your Master’s everlasting glee!”

Amen! Alleluia!

Happy Easter!
Jesus is RISEN!
Jesus is King!
He is ALIVE
...in you and in me! 🙂


May He,
Whom the whole of creation
ceaselessly celebrates and sings,
hold you and all your friends and families,
all your desires and dreams,
and yes, even all of your wounds and worries,
ever closer and closer to His beating, burning
Sacred, Eucharistic Heart
of intimate, intimate
Love and Mercy
...now and for all of eternity!

Love,
"Little Gregory"

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“Form an army of prayer within your families and amongst your friends. Never believe that this will not be enough to overcome any evil. Very often, it is the only thing that will be decisive enough to bring evil to its knees.” -God the Father on March 1st, 2022, in response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict via holylove.org

The “Littlest Way” of Love: Who Was Sister Mary Consolata Betrone?

“To the little ones I tell everything.”

I am Goodness Itself; Don’t be afraid to speak. For from the depths of this Infinite Goodness,

I am humble, I am meek. And in it, your heart will gain strength when weak… Indeed, I am your Good Father, And to and through your voice I desire to speak!

“I choose the weak and helpless in the world to accomplish My greatest missions.” Jesus tells us in the Messages of Holy and Divine Love. “It is through these most unlikely little ones that My Glory is able to shine and My Father’s Will find fulfillment.” Indeed, Pierina Lorenzina Giovanna Betrone was one of these “unlikely little ones” that Our Lord used to change the world forever. Born in Saluzzo, Italy on April 6th, 1903, Pierina seemed to live an ordinary childhood by all accounts. Yet at just 13 years old, something extraordinary happened to her. While she was hurrying to do her errands in the village, she was overcome by an unexpected spiritual fervor and an intense prayer suddenly surged forth from her heart: “My God, I love you!” This was beginning of her remarkable spiritual experiences with the Lord, and indeed a foreshadowing of her future life and vocation. For on February 28, 1930, the very day of the Ceremony of taking the Veil as a cloistered Franciscan Capuchin, Pierina heard Jesus speak to her again: “I do not call you for more than this: an act of continual love.” She had chosen the name Sister Maria Consolata, which means “Consoler,” as she was to be like Our Lady, the Consoler of the agonizing Heart of Christ, not through heroic deeds or great penances, but with an inner, silent, steady, surging stream of acceptance, of trust, of love.

In her early years of convent life, Sister Consolata often carried with her the great spiritual classic “The Story of a Soul” by Saint Therese, as she was a devoted disciple of the Little Flower. Interestingly, Jesus Himself told her on November 27th, 1935: “Little Saint Thérèse once wrote: “Why is it not given to me, O Jesus, to relate Your ineffable condescension to all little souls? I have a feeling that if the impossible were to happen and You were able to find a soul still weaker than my own, it would please You to heap upon her still greater favors, if only that soul would abandon herself with complete faith to Your infinite mercy.” Well, I have found that still weaker soul who had abandoned herself with complete faith to My infinite mercy: it is you, Consolata, and through you I will perform marvels which will far exceed your fondest desires!”

Sister Consolata’s spiritual director, Father Lorenzo Sales, (a member of the Congregation of Consolata Missionaries) played a key role in the unfolding of Jesus’ plan to gift the unceasing act of love to the world. Compiling and commenting on various experts of her spiritual diary, Fr. Lorenzo wrote Jesus Appeals to the World, a book detailing Sister Consolata’s life and spirituality. “Sister Consolata’s particular vocation was one of love,” he explains, “to round out, so to speak, the Little Flower’s doctrine of the Little Way of Love by giving it a concrete form which could be practiced and achieved by all souls who feel themselves called to it.” This new “Littlest Way of Love” which compliments and completes St. Therese’s “Little Way” consists essentially in the following:

The Three Main Points of The Littlest Way of Love
1. To offer an unceasing act of love from the heart, with the greatest possible constancy, purity, and intensity, in times of consolation and desolation alike
2. To have a smiling “yes” for everyone, seeing and serving Christ in each person He sends our way, the loving and unloving alike
3. To have a grateful “yes” for everything, accepting with love and trust all God permits in our lives, the good and bad alike, as well as complying with His requests for any and all sacrifices

These three points can be summarized into the following formula: “Never omit one act of love, one act of charity, or one sacrifice from one Communion to the next.” If this sounds intimidating or even impossible to you, fear not! For Our Lord assures us that it is precisely in loving Him through the unceasing act of love that our souls are fortified with the strength, grace, and disposition necessary to make the other two points easy. After all, in His own words, “Consolata, establish within yourself a continuous ‘Jesus, Mary, I love You. Save souls!’ Consider that it’s the only resolution that will allow you to say ‘YES’ to all of my requests for sacrifices.” Sister Consolata herself testifies to this truth when she writes, “The ceaseless act of love is more powerful than any suffering: so, to place myself above suffering, I must not cease to love.”

Yet what does living out the unceasing act of love actually look like? An act of love of God can express itself with different words for different souls at different times. “My God, I love Thee!” for example, were St. Therese’s last words. Sometimes, no words are necessary. St. Fasutina describes certain moments in her Diary, for examples, where she was utterly entranced in the silent, loving gaze of Jesus: “…I have long talks with him without saying a word.” (411). Yet, in Sister Consolata’s case, Jesus actually simplified her exact means for loving Him, by explicitly giving her a short and simple formula to do so. This formula began as “Jesus, I love You!” then later on Jesus added, “Jesus, Mary, I love You!” before finally completing it with “Jesus, Mary, I love You! Save souls!” These seven simple words contain within them the full fulfilment of the Commandments of Holy Love by encompassing love of God, love of the Blessed Virgin, and love of all souls, all in the same breath and heartbeat. “Tell Me,” Jesus once asked Sr. Consolata, “what prayer can anyone say that is more beautiful? ‘Jesus, Mary, I love You! Save souls!’” “This ‘Act of Love’ includes all souls;” He explained to her on another occasion, “the souls in purgatory, the innocent, the suffering, the sinful, the dying, and even your own poor soul.”

Like any good religious, Sister Consolata prayed a variety of prayers every day, from the Way of the Cross, novenas to Our Lady, and of course, intimate and free-form conversation with Our Lord. Yet she was instructed to pray this most fruitful act of love prayer as fervently and frequently as possible from morning until evening, except when she couldn’t be actively focused on praying the act of love as laid out by the formula. During all those times, such as when she was engaged in writing or speaking or praying in other ways, Jesus promised to continue the unceasing act of love for her Himself: “…when you are conversing with Me or when you are writing or meditating, the act of love continues. I credit you with it just the same even though the heart is obliged to keep silent at those times!”

Truly, for Sister Consolata the bar was set very high. Jesus wanted everything from His little Consolata, every action, every word, and even every thought, so that His Spouse might become perfect and attain the glorious triple-fold virginity of the greatest of saints, that of the heart, the body, and the spirit. Yes, Jesus wanted her love for Him to be of the highest degree of purity, so as to purge her of any other affection, of continuity, so as to protect her from any waste of time, and of intensity, so as to prevent her from holding anything back from Him. And it was precisely by the practice of the unceasing act of love that her love would be gradually perfected. As Servant of God, Father Adolph Petit, SJ, once explained, “Just as one learns to read by reading, and to write by writing, so does one learn to love Our Lord by multiplying one’s acts of love for Him. Each one of these acts is as it were an armful of kindling, to be thrown on the fire; it renders the flame of love more ardent.”  

Of course, Sister Consolata experienced many falls and failures within the first few years of her practice of the unceasing act of love. Over time, however, through the constant struggle against her natural inclinations and consistent practice of her childlike reliance upon Jesus and His ever-abundant grace, her love eventually reached a truly heroic level of purity, continuity, and intensity! According to her spiritual director, Sister Consolata managed, with more or less success, to persevere in her unceasing act for about 17 hours a day, every day, for over 10 years! He also tells us that during the entirely of her life as a religious, Sister Consolata never deliberately answered “no” any of the Lord’s requests…not even once!

 “To offer an unceasing act of virginal love in fact requires of the soul an extreme vigilance over herself,” Father Lorenzo writes, “…and the act is really impossible without controlling and renewing one’s fervor as often as possible.” These words seem to perfectly align with those Our Blessed Mother has spoken in the Messages of Holy and Divine Love: “You must constantly assess the reservoir of Holy Love in your hearts and always strive to strengthen it. By your efforts in measuring this virtue, you can increase in holiness and increase your happiness in Heaven.” In order to do this, Jesus actually taught Sister Consolata to renew her resolution of the unceasing virginal act of love every hour, in addition to making a quick particular examen of how well she had loved during that hour, marking any infidelities in her notebook. At the end of each day, she would humbly ask pardon for any of these voluntary lapses, before taking up again her song of love, without voluntarily wasting any more thoughts, moments, or efforts on her past mistakes. In order to continue onward in her fidelity to the unceasing act of love, even when she no longer heard the voice of the Lord later in her life, Sister Consolata most likely would of had to remind herself of Jesus’ encouraging words to her and divine requirements of her:

Jesus’ Words to Sister Consolata Betrone Regarding the Unceasing Act of Love
“Forget everything and everybody, and think only of loving Me more! Concentrate your every thought, every heartbeat, every silence upon this one thing: to love! Do not think of anything, anything, anything else but to love Me and to suffer with all possible love; that is sufficient.”
“Say goodbye forever to all that is created and to this world, and escape into a ceaseless act of love. You see, each has his own tastes. Here are Mine: smallness, nothingness, annihilation, but love.”
“Live, annihilated and enclosed in a single perpetual ‘Jesus, Mary, I love You. Save souls!’ Nothing, no one, must exist for you except the act of love.”
“Remain fixed in this one resolve, not to interrupt the act of love! This suffices for Me. Remain faithful to it, renew it hour by hour, and I will grant you everything, Consolata, truly everything.”
“Follow Me in a ceaseless act of love, day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute; I Myself will take care of all the rest. I Myself will provide.”
“As a little fish will die outside of water, so also will you, outside the act of love!”
“Saint John the Baptist called himself ‘a voice crying in the wilderness.’ You are to be ‘an unceasing act of love.’”
“The ceaseless act of love is your standard; defend it before the enemy (even at the cost of your life).”
“One must love one’s flag; one must defend it at all costs, love under it, and die clutching it to one’s heart, so that it may never fall into enemy hands. Do the same with your act of love! Even if it costs you an effort, give it to Me without ceasing!”
“Raise your effort to the highest pitch and, firmly determined not to lose one single act of love, take up the struggle again without wasting a backward glance at the interruption.”
“If you have fallen, raise yourself up again; if you have forgotten, then start anew; an act of love is useful for everything, at any time, and under every condition!”
“All that tempts you to turn away from the ceaseless act of love would not come from Me, but from the enemy.”
“Consolata, it matters little that the devil and your passions unleash in your soul every possible attack; do not mind thunder, storm, and lightning. Say to yourself: ‘I want to continue undismayed my act of love from one Communion to the next, that is my duty, my sole duty!’ And so, forward! Nothing else!”
“Do you think I could not grant you this continuity of love? It pleases Me to see you struggle, fall, and rise again, in short, making an effort. I like to see what you can do. And do you know what delights Me most? It is when you rise above everything unperturbed and continue your act of love!”
“Remember, Consolata, that I have not given you Nicholas [her brother], nor will I give you your uncle Felix, in reward for you penances and sacrifices, but solely because of your unceasing act of love. Remember that, for it is love that I desire from My creatures.”
“Consolata, place at one side all the acts of virtue which you could perform today, and on the other side a single day passed in a continuous act of love- I will prefer the day passed in continual love to anything else you might do or offer Me!”
“Not only is your cell for you a sanctuary where you can always find Jesus, the Sacred Heart or the Crucified, but you yourself should be a tabernacle wherever you may be. And just as you do not wish anything but the continual act of love to enter into your cell, so you too must not permit anything but the continual act of love to occupy you, no matter where you may be or in what work you may be engaged.”
“Be extremely vigilant not to permit one though to enter, not to utter a single sentence except in reply; but do not lose yourself in this effort. No! Lose yourself rather in the unceasing act of love!”
“Consolata, I have consecrated all the time which remain to you in this life into one single act of love. Now, if you were to stop loving in order to follow some other thought or utter some sentence which is not strictly necessary, you would be committing a theft of love!”
“Love Me always, through the battle and the inevitable falls; train yourself to be unimpressed by failure, but to continue, impervious, your act of love.”
“Remember that an act of love on your part can decide the salvation of a soul, its eternal salvation. So see that you don’t waste a single ‘Jesus, Mary, I love You. Save souls!’”
“Don’t lose time: every act of love is a soul! Of all the gifts, the best gift you can offer me is a day full of love.”
“You must do your utmost to offer Me the unceasing act of love, but when you fail, I will make it good. No, have no fear, I am always kind!”

WOW! Pretty amazing right? Now, it is true that Sister Consolata despised compromise, complacency, and carelessness, and was vigilant, vigorous, and valiant in her everyday interior life and ongoing response to grace. Indeed, she desired more than anything not only to love God more than He had ever been loved before, but to save souls in equal measure, no matter how much suffering it may have required (her nickname was actually “Thunder and Lightning”!). Yet it is important to keep in mind that Sister Consolata was a cloistered religious nun, specifically chosen for and raised up to the special role of victim soul, that is, a victim of divine love. Jesus expressed this when He told her, “I know that the continual act of love costs you something, particularly at certain times. But it is more meritorious so, Consolata! And then you must never forget that I have chosen you to be a victim of love!” Furthermore, Sister Consolata was called to serve as the model for all the Littlest Ones who would follow her throughout the centuries, as Jesus thus explained to her: “I want a wave of love to surge from the earth to heaven. You yourself must blaze the trail of the Littlest Way. One day you will serve a model: as the world has its eyes fixed on St. Theresa today, so will the millions of Littlest Souls turn to you.”

While all souls must truly love the Lord God above all else, with all the heart, mind, soul, and strength, not every soul is called to the carry out this Commandment with the same spirituality, vocation, or even degree of perfection. Think for a moment of St. Therese’s beautiful metaphor of each soul being a unique flower, with a specific color and special fragrance unlike any other in the garden of the Lord. “Aren’t you struck by the diversity in human creation?” Christ once questioned Bl. Gabrielle Bossis. “In heaven too, each saint differs from the other and if you are enchanted by the colors of your garden, you may be sure that paradise flashes with a myriad, many-splendored things, all for My glory.”

Therefore, let us not fall prey to the what Our Lord told St. Faustina were the “greatest obstacles of holiness,” namely “discouragement and exaggerated anxiety” when comparing ourselves to Sister Consolata. Rather, even if we too desire to become great “Littlest Ones,” following her spiritual way of loving Jesus unceasingly, perhaps we should start by to becoming humble “Little Angelets” who simply strive to make the act of love a more and more frequent practice in their everyday lives. Let us ask ourselves where we can love the Lord a little more in the duties of our day, in the faces of our neighbor, in the mysteries of the Eucharist, and of course, in the depths of our own hearts. And let us simply refuse to let the enemy’s tool of fear or worry disturb our inner peace, by believing wholeheartedly Our Lord’s powerful divine promise: “I will think of everything, even the smallest details. You think only of loving Me.”*This is precisely what Sister Consolata did. Like a child in the arms of her father, she wholeheartedly trusted that the all-seeing, all-knowing, all-loving God of all would provide everything she would possibly need in every present moment, physically, emotionally, and spiritually to bring her to the very heights of sanctity and depths of suffering, so as to win as much merit and as many souls for Heaven as possible. Her continual love for Jesus lead to an ever-deepening trust in Him, which in turn strengthened her love for Him and thus her charity for others all the more, since love is the both the root and fruit, the foundation and fullness, the principle and perfection of all the other virtues. After all, the great doctor of the Church and gentle pastor of souls St. Francis de Sales once replied to someone who told him he desired to be very humble, so as to be able to love the Lord deeply: “I however, wish to love the Lord a great deal in order to be very humble.”

Over time, Sister Consolata came to depend entirely on the act of love, not only to satisfy the Lord’s wishes of her, but to assuage the burning longing in her heart for Him. On one occasion before the tabernacle, she relates being consumed by the uncontainable desires and outbursts of love: “I felt myself pervaded by an infinite urge to love Jesus, who loves me ardently, with a love of equal ardor: and as I repeated to Jesus the infinite desire to love Him, I felt within my heart another heart: the Sacred Heart! that was able to launch Itself into the Infinite without destroying nature.”

Even towards the end of her life, Sister Consolata was well aware of her great mission to be “an apostle of apostles” and the very first of “not just thousands, but millions and millions” of Littlest Ones of both men and women alike. After all, Our Lord had expressly told her, “When your last ‘Jesus, Mary, I love You!’ will have been pronounced, I will gather it up, and through the writings about your life, I will transmit it to thousands of sinful souls who will receive and follow it in the simplicity of this way of confidence and love, and they will thus love Me.” Sister Consolata died on July 18th, 1946, but she continues her unceasing act of love with the choirs of all angels and saints, for all eternity! From her glorious throne beside the Lord Himself, she remains a powerful intercessor for us, her spiritual little brothers and sisters until the day she can welcome each one with her into Heaven, where the littlest and least shall be first and foremost. The following is the ending of a letter that she personally addressed to those future souls who would try to love Jesus during their time on earth as purely, continuously, and intensely as possible through the “Littlest Way” of Love:

“Among the obstacles which prevent you from offering Jesus the unceasing virginal act of love, Our Lord teaches us to combat three: useless thoughts, useless talk, and outside interests. As for thoughts and preoccupations, everything becomes useless from the moment that Jesus promises His Littlest One that He Himself will think of everything, even to smallest details. As for useless talk, if you speak when you not obliged to do so out of necessity, charity, or propriety, then it is a waste of time; you steal time from Love. As for extraneous interests, curiosity, etc., all these detach your spirit from one thing to which you have vowed yourself: to love Jesus unceasingly with a virginal love.

It is necessary, however, for you to realize that, to carry out the divine wishes, never to lose one act of love or one act of charity from one Communion to another, will require arduous work from your soul (sustained by grace), no small amount of time, and a generous, constant effort; above all, never let yourself become discouraged.

At every more or less voluntary infidelity, renew your determination of virginal love, and start afresh. If your fault causes you suffering, you should offer it to Jesus… as an act of love! You will see and will be able to experience with what tenderness Jesus raises you up again after each fall or infidelity, how He hastens to put you on your feet again, so that you may continue your canticle of love…

Have no fear! Jesus will aid you. He has said: I ask only one thing of you: an unceasing act of love…. Love Me, for I thirst for your love…. Love Me, and you will be happy; the more you will love Me, the happier you will be!…. Jesus keeps His word!

So, have courage! Jesus and Mary will aid you! Never have any fear, but trust and believe in the love which He has for you!

Affectionately, Sister Consolata, R.C.”

“Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:4).

A Word of Caution about the New COVID-19 Vaccines and “Booster Shots” (Updated)

“…you must quietly discern all that moves around you. Ask yourself this question. Is the remedy being offered to people helping humanity or hurting humanity? If it is helping, then you know I am active. If it is hurting humanity, then you know that it is not what I desire for people. Because you cannot possibly judge any person, you leave all judgement to me. The truth is that sometimes people believe they serve to help others when really they spread harm. I do not want this. I want all of God’s children on Earth to be loved and assisted. At the very least, I ask that God’s children not be deliberately harmed. If I am speaking to you, then you should heed my words, which you have now been given. If I am speaking to others, then you should simply discern prayerfully which part of these words are for you. Ponder my words. Ask for light from the Holy Spirit. Ask for protection from the Creator who desires what is good for you.

-Words of Our Lord on May 21st, 2020 to Anne, ‘Apostle of the Returning King.’ Visit DirectionForOurTimes.com to read more Church approved locutions from Jesus, Mary, God the Father, and multiple saints on various topics including addiction, suicide, depression, divorce, atheism, everyday lay spirituality and more.

Summary:

To my dear family and friends,

I write this blog post not to criticize anyone’s personal decisions or motivations in any way (I have multiple close family members and friends who have already been vaccinated who have experienced negative side-effects, especially following the second dose) but rather to honestly and lovingly warn anyone contemplating receiving the COVID-19 vaccine or its current or future “booster shots.” Before forming any opinions or making any decisions about this vaccine based off what you may hear repeated through mainstream or social media, please take a few moments to give the research a look for yourself, for the sake of your physical health and spiritual wellbeing and that of your loved ones. Thank you so much and may God bless you in His infinite kindness, forgiveness, gentleness, and love!

As of October 22nd, 2021, in the United States alone there have already tragically been a total of 17,619 deaths, following COVID-19 vaccinations, as reported to VAERS system managed by the CDC and FDA. This is alarmingly more than seventeen times the number of deaths reported in the US for all vaccines during the previous six years (941).

Additionally, there have been 27,277 permanent disabilities, and 967,544 adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccines, which are not FDA approved but have been released under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Yet because as few as 1% of people actually report to VAERS, these numbers are likely much higher. According to a CDC whistleblower, who signed a sworn affidavit, “the deaths occurring within 3 days of vaccination are higher than those reported in VAERS by a factor of at least five.”

This, of course, is only the US data… For the full compilation and explanation of these global statistics, visit: https://www.countdowntothekingdom.com/the-tolls/

https://www.countdowntothekingdom.com/the-tolls/

At this point you may be wondering why this vaccine has yet to be recalled from the use of the general public. After all, the attempt to vaccine 55 million in the U.S. during the swine flu pandemic was terminated after just 25 deaths, and Dr. Peter McCullough, MD, MPH — one of the most highly cited doctors in the National Library of Medicine who has chaired numerous drug data safety boards — stated that, “A typical new drug at about five deaths, unexplained deaths, we get a black-box warning, saying it may cause death. And then at about 50 deaths it’s pulled off the market.

Though California was forced to recall a batch of 330,000 Moderna vaccines after a cascade of reported injuries, but afterwards the state began resuming their administration of the vaccines, the Defender reported. Surprisingly, because the pharmaceutical companies cannot be sued, even in the case of death, Moderna, Pfizer, Astrazenica, unlike any other company, has complete immunity from liability. Indeed, there is a multi-million dollar, mainstream media campaign of “inoculation indoctrination,” attempting to convince us, over and over again, that not only are these vaccines safe and effective, but that until as many are vaccinated as possible, herd immunity won’t be achieved and life won’t return to “normal,” which simply isn’t true…as Dr. Marty Makary, a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine professor explained.

As you will see in the full article below, there are many doctors around the world who are speaking out, even risking their careers to warn people about the potential long-term (and sometimes not so long-term) ill-effects that this new mRNA vaccine will have. A recent 2021 study in the Journal or Microbiology and Infectious Disease even shows that the spike protein, created by the translation of the vaccine RNA could eventually lead to neurological degenerative diseases like ALS, front temporal lobar degeneration, and Alzheimer’s disease, among others. Even though neither mRNA nor the lipid nanoparticles have been tested in humans, the 2015 mRNA vaccine animal studies which showed that mRNA molecules injected in muscle tissue were found in the brain, heart, bone marrow, and other organs of mice soon after vaccination.

Finally, and perhaps saddest of all, dozens of babies over 3 months gestation were aborted so that their organs could be harvested in the research for the vaccines, as Dr. Stanley PIotkin (considered the “Godfather of Vaccines”) admitted in a 9-hour deposition. I totally understand why someone would want to take this vaccine to protect themselves or others, but even if there was a high probability of safely doing so (not considering all the variants the vaccine doesn’t account for, those who have still contracted COVID-19 even after taking the vaccine, and the need for additional and potentially even annual booster shots), how could the ends ever justify the means, even if it was just one innocent life? What if that one innocent human being was your child? What if that “one” was you?

Thus, it’s no surprise that many Church leaders around the world have spoken out against abortion-tainted vaccines, including Cardinal Janis Pujats, Bishop Joseph Strickland, Archbishops Tomash Peta and Jan Pawel Lenga, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, and other bishops and priests around the world expressed their strong conviction that any use of a vaccine tainted by the use of aborted fetal cells. American Cardinal Burke stated that “it must be clear that it is never morally justified to develop a vaccine through the use of the cell lines of aborted fetuses.” Many other competent and trustworthy social, legal, and religious leaders, including President Ronald Regan, Attorney Matthew Staver, and Doctor Alveda King (MLK’s niece), have voiced this similar concern through the Personhood Alliance, a US organization which defends the right to life of all human beings, at every stage of their biological development and in every circumstance.

Additionally, there are many prophetic voices, chosen messengers, and visionaries that are warning us from Heaven’s perspective about the dangers of this vaccine, including the following message from Our Lord on August 21st, 2021, via Children of the Renewal Messages:

I remind you to reject the temptation to fear. Out of fear, many accept the injection that changes your genetic code, sending incorrect and unnatural messages to your DNA. This is what you have done out of fear, My children. I am telling you yet again to have no fear. What is needed is trust in Me. Trust in Me, My children. Do not trust in wicked men who make false promises to you they have no intention of keeping. Mankind longs to live forever in this world, so much so that one is willing to do almost anything. My poor children I came that you would have eternal life, not physical life in this world. This is not Heaven, My poor children. This is the earthly world where you live so you will learn about Me, love Me, follow Me, assist your neighbor, your family, your friends in knowing Me and then one day when this earthly pilgrimage is over, you will die so that your soul can depart for the heavenly Kingdom. One day at the end of time your bodies will be reunited with your souls. Then, you will be as I, your Jesus is and as My Holy Mother Mary is, body and soul in Heaven. You will still be fully alive in Heaven, I assure you when your soul is there with Me. I will see you as you and you will see others and recognize your family and friends.”

In His message on September 30th, 2021 to prophet John Leary, Jesus stated, “My people, you will be seeing lock downs coming to America as most of your sick and dying people are the vaccinated people. The more shots and boosters people take, the quicker they could develop symptoms and die. Refuse to take any Covid shot, boosters, or flu shots. They will all destroy your immune system, and you could die from the next corona virus if you take the shots. As the evil ones try to restrict your travel and freedoms, I will soon call you to My refuges of protection.”

For those who may be experiencing regret over taking the new COVID-19 vaccine or are worried about adverse side effects, there is complete healing available in mind, body, and spirit! Jesus made the following promise, through the messenger Enoch of Colombia from the Blessed Sacrament on July 28th, 2021:

“All those who for lack of knowledge, faith, or fear, have been vaccinated and are sheep of my flock, I tell you, do not fear; for there is a hope for you; if you make my Rosary of the Precious Blood and Wounds together with my Litanies of my Blood with faith, as a novena and you ask Me that my Blood destroy the harmful effect of the vaccine in your body; I will free you by my Mercy from its adverse effects and I will seal you with my Blood.

Beloved children, the power of my Glorious Blood and Wounds, is the best antidote against any virus, plague or pandemic; pray the prayer of my Blood morning and night, (make it) covering your children and relatives; I assure you that if you pray it with faith, no virus, plague or pandemic can harm you.”

If, after reading through this post, you are still unconvinced or unsure, I would simply say pray, discern, research, and at the very least, wait until we know more. Be sure to take a blood test to see whether or not you have the antibodies for natural immunity, since you may have contracted the virus without knowing it, and been asymptomatic. And remember that there are many other means of both prevention and treatment to COVID-19. In his “Open Letter to the Catholic Bishops”, Mark Mallett reports:

The Nobel Prize nominee Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, MD, an advisor to several governments and published in top peer-reviewed journals, reports a “99% survival of high-risk Covid-19 patients” by placing them on similar protocols utilizing the “Nobel prize-honoured” Ivermectin or Quercetin to deliver zinc to cells to combat the viral proteins. In his address to the UK government, Dr. Sucharit declares:

The truth is there are excellent medicines: safe, efficacious, cheap — that, as Dr. Peter McCullough has been saying for months now, will save the lives of 75% of the elderly with pre-existing disease, and that reduces the lethality of this virus to below the flu.

Note: If you are seeking means to obtain proper dosages Ivermectin for yourself or your loved ones, or simply seeking to learn more, please reach out to me via my email gpstar100@gmail.com

I am fully confident that God will speak in the silence to all those willing to slow down and listen. After all, when it is a question of the health, wellbeing, and even life of just one of His precious, beloved children, He will not hide the Truth…and neither should we. May He, May He Who holds every galaxy and star of our universe, and indeed every breath and heartbeat of our bodies, protect and guide us in every moment of our short stay here in this life, before our entrance into the eternal Kingdom of endless laughter, light, and love!

For those who have already taken the first shot and are unsure about taking the second, it turns out that the second, or optional booster dose, is not necessary and even, additionally more harmful to take. In the words of the Frontline Doctors of America:

We primarily don’t advocate any receive the shot because all things considered, this is an investigational vaccine in use under the EUA (emergency use authorization). This technology (mRNA) has never been used, has limited safety data, and we just don’t know what we don’t know.

We believe there are effective medicines to treat COVID-19, and when treated early, patients don’t advance to the hospital with severe disease. When pressed for more information by those who have taken the first dose, and now, having learned more about the investigational vaccines, our physicians advise: Most of the benefit comes from the first shot. Most of the side effects come from the second.

If you would like to discuss this further with our physicians, or want to get access to preventative or early medical treatment, please sign up for a telemedicine visit by following this link:

https://www.americasfrontlinedoctors.org/covid-19/how-do-i-get-covid-19-medication

Thank you for taking the time to read through this blog post summary (see an extended version of this post below)! Feel free to reach out to me for any questions as you continue to pray about, research, and discern this very important and personal matter. Truly, I am fully confident that God will speak in the silence to all those willing to slow down and listen. After all, when it is a question of the health, wellbeing, and even life of just one of His precious, beloved children, He will not hide the Truth…and neither should we. May He, May He Who holds every galaxy and star of our universe, and indeed every breath and heartbeat of our bodies, protect and guide us in every moment of our short stay here in this life, before our entrance into the eternal Kingdom of endless laughter, light, and love!

Yours in Him and Our Beautiful Blessed Mother Mary,

Greg O. Perenich

Notre Dame Class of 2018

BS in Neuroscience and Behavior

Full Letter:

To my dear friends and family,

Greetings!

There is certainly no doubt that these past several months have been very trying times for many of us who have lost or been separated or isolated from friends or family members, due to the spread and contraction of the coronavirus. I myself just recently had to quarantine since all three of my family members tested positive for COVID… Fortunately, all are currently better and more or less symptom-free, thank God! It was such a blessing to have so many of those around us reach out to offer our family food, flowers, favors, and, above all, their heartfelt thoughts and prayers.

In light of the recent release of COVID-19 vaccines, I wanted to write a brief commentary of the research I’ve compiled. Of course, I am not a doctor, medical researcher, or bio-ethicist (although I do have a BS degree in Neuroscience and Behavior from the University of Notre Dame), but simply a young and discerning Catholic Christian who is concerned for both the physical and spiritual wellbeing of those I love. Thus, please feel free to share this information with anyone you know who may be contemplating taking the vaccine (or who may have already received the first dose), especially health care workers, medical school students, long-term care facility residents, those over the age of 65, or anyone who has underlying medical conditions, to whom the first waves of vaccines are already being administered to around the nation and world daily.

I want to start by saying that I am usually not someone to be “anti-vaccine” by any means, especially for standard vaccines, which take around 5-10 years to develop. For example, I have received the necessary vaccinations for my international travel in Peru, such as the vaccines for Typhoid and Rabies, for example). However, after looking into the matter from both a moral and medical lens, I would humbly advice you or any of your loved ones who are considering taking this COVID-19 vaccine, or who have already taken the first dose and are planning on receiving the second, not to do so.

Yet before you dismiss this letter as another out-of-touch, unscientific, or even hyper-politized* opinion, I invite you to look at the following evidence (with the respective links) for yourself.

Since its release in December of 2020, nearly half of healthcare workers were resisting/waiting on taking the new COVID-19 vaccine. More than one third of health care workers in the US (36%) said they were doubtful about the safety and efficacy of the fast-tracked, experimental COVID-19 vaccines. To be clear, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are not FDA approved but have been released under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). In the rush to release these vaccines to the general public in a matter of months, the industry-standard animal trials for the vaccine manufacturers were suspended and human clinical trials that were supposed to continue for 2 years ended prematurely (See: The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons article: “COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Ended Prematurely”).

As of October 22nd, 2021, in the United States alone there have already tragically been a total of 17,619 deaths, following COVID-19 vaccinations, as reported to VAERS system managed by the CDC and FDA. This is alarmingly more than seventeen times the number of deaths reported in the US for all vaccines during the previous six years (941).

Additionally, there have been 27,277 permanent disabilities, and 967,544 adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccines, which are not FDA approved but have been released under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Yet because as few as 1% of people actually report to VAERS, these numbers are likely much higher. According to a CDC whistleblower, who signed a sworn affidavit, “the deaths occurring within 3 days of vaccination are higher than those reported in VAERS by a factor of at least five.”

This, of course, is only the US data… For the full compilation and explanation of these global statistics, visit: https://www.countdowntothekingdom.com/the-tolls/

In addition to those hospitalized, thousands of people reported being unable to work or perform daily activities, or required care from a healthcare professional, after getting the new COVID-19 vaccine, (via V-safe, an app that allows users to quickly tell the CDC if they’re experiencing side effects) according to new data from the CDC.

The FDA website states the most commonly reported side effects include tiredness, headache, muscle pain, and chills, which tend to go away after a few days. However, there have also been more acute adverse side effects associate with the new vaccine, including, heart attack, stroke, blood disorders, and even death.

Sadly, the Norwegian Medicines Agency (NMA) reported that as of January 14, 2021 twenty-three people have died within days of receiving the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The New York post explained that 13 of the 23 who passed away were nursing home patients over 80 years old, and that, in response, medical officials, without apparently indicating significant concern, have already stated that, “they are adjusting their guidance on who should receive the vaccine.” The NMA stated that the “large studies” on the Pfizer/BioNTec vaccine “did not include patients with unstable or acute illness – and included few participants over 85 years of age.”

Additionally, there have been other tragic deaths associated with the new COVID-19 vaccines, including Dr. Gregory Michael, a 56-year-old obstetrician from Miami, Florida (in his case, a Johns Hopkins University expert in blood disorders later asserted that it was “a medical certainly that the vaccine was related” with his death), a 41-year-old mother and health care worker in Porto, Portugal, as well as 24 nursing home residents in Auburn, New York, all within a period of less than two weeks after being vaccinated.

In her article which investigates the bioethics of vaccines, Dr. Kristine Severyn, explains that, “If an adult or child is killed or injured by a vaccine, federal law—the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986—prohibits the person from suing the drug company that made the vaccine. Despite the government’s narrowing criteria for injured parties to collect on vaccine death or injury, the taxpayer fund has paid out more than $4 billion to vaccine victims and their families.”

Of course, it should be noted that the thousands of reported unfavorable outcomes are only a small percentage of the total number of millions who were vaccinated.  Yet on December 16th, 2020, research scientist Dr. Lyons-Weiler, PhD, warned that “21% of people are having serious adverse events from this vaccine.” Lyons-Weiler, who is the President and current CEO of The Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge (IPAK), points out that because of the rush to release a vaccine to the general public, normal protocols (such as industry-standard animal trials) for COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers were suspended: “The FDA, absolutely ignoring [the] safety margin, in a stunning decision, decided to allow Moderna and other vaccine manufacturers to skip the most important step in vaccine safety for coronavirus which is the animal trials…. they [the FDA] even said well we don’t have to do phase one human trials and phase two human trials separately; we’re going to combine them together because this is such a horrible epidemic, we need to get the science done fast.”

The Moderna vaccine safety report also showed that “68.5% of vaccine recipients” reported fatigue; 63% reported headaches; 59.6% reported myalgia (muscle pain); 44.8% reported arthralgia (joint pain); and 43.4% reported having chills. Additionally, as many as 13 people in Israel have suffered from facial paralysis after being administered the COVID-19 vaccine. The following is the list of potential side effects that the FDA has listed:

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/fda-death-heart-attacks-stroke-blood-disorders-all-possible-side-effects-of-covid-vaccine

The new COVID-19 vaccines have caused widespread enthusiasm and have even been advocated as necessary to “return to normal,” as prominent figures like Bill Gates and Dr. Anthony Fauci have suggested. However, it is clear that they are not full-proof measures in protecting against the contraction and spread of the virus. 240 people in Israel, for example, were found with COVID after vaccination, and in fact Dr. Fauci recently stated, “…if you get vaccinated, you can’t throw away the masks, because you could be infected and conceivably infect others” and that we have to prepare for the possibility that COVID is here to stay.

Under recently released federal guidelines, a COVID-19 vaccine can be authorized for use if it is safe and proves effective in as few as 50% of those who receive it. Yet “effective” doesn’t necessarily mean stopping people from contracting COVID-19, but rather that the its most serious symptoms are minimized, experts say. Dr. Paul Offit, for example, a vaccine expert at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, expressed his concerns about a vaccine with limited efficacy delivered prematurely might give people “a false sense of being protected” and “lead to serious outbreaks of the disease.”

Additionally, because of the new and evolving strains of the virus which are emerging from various parts of the world, scientists and medical experts are uncertain about whether the current vaccines will protect against them. Stephane Bancel himself, the CEO of Moderna, stated on January 13th, 2021 that, “health officials will have to continuously watch for new variants of the virus, so scientists can produce vaccines to fight them,” and that, “we are going to live with this virus, we think, forever,” according to CNBC.

After being repeatedly asked about the new COVID-19 vaccines, Dr. Shallenberger, MD, who has been practicing medicine since 1973 and has been a Pioneer in Integrative Medicine since 1978, gave the following reasons why he warns against taking them. Below are only the first 5 of 14 reasons he gave, the rest of which can be read here:

“People need to have fully informed consent when it comes to injecting foreign genetic material into their bodies.

1. The COVID vaccines are mRNA vaccines. mRNA vaccines are a completely new type of vaccine. No mRNA vaccine has ever been licensed for human use before. In essence, we have absolutely no idea what to expect from this vaccine. We have no idea if it will be effective or safe.**

2. Traditional vaccines simply introduce pieces of a virus to stimulate an immune reaction. The new mRNA vaccine is completely different. It actually injects (transfects) molecules of synthetic genetic material from non-humans sources into our cells. Once in the cells, the genetic material interacts with our transfer RNA (tRNA) to make a foreign protein that supposedly teaches the body to destroy the virus being coded for. Note that these newly created proteins are not regulated by our own DNA, and are thus completely foreign to our cells. What they are fully capable of doing is unknown.

3. The mRNA molecule is vulnerable to destruction. So, in order to protect the fragile mRNA strands while they are being inserted into our DNA they are coated with PEGylated lipid nanoparticles. This coating hides the mRNA from our immune system which ordinarily would kill any foreign material injected into the body. PEGylated lipid nanoparticles have been used in several different drugs for years. Because of their effect on immune system balance, several studies have shown them to induce allergies and autoimmune diseases. Additionally, PEGylated lipid nanoparticles have been shown to trigger their own immune reactions, and to cause damage to the liver.

4. These new vaccines are additionally contaminated with aluminum, mercury, and possibly formaldehyde. The manufacturers have not yet disclosed what other toxins they contain.

5. Since viruses mutate frequently, the chance of any vaccine working for more than a year is unlikely. That is why the flu vaccine changes every year. Last year’s vaccine is no more valuable than last year’s newspaper.”

Indeed, this entirely new type of vaccine, has “no long term safety studies will have been done to ensure that any of these vaccines don’t cause cancer, seizures, heart disease, allergies, and autoimmune diseases seen with other vaccines.” This is why “many experts question whether the mRNA technology is ready for prime time” and why many doctors and medical professionals in the United States and around the world, are advising us not to take the current vaccine. For example, “Dr. Peter Jay Hotez, Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is also Director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, said of the new mRNA vaccines, ‘I worry about innovation at the expense of practicality because they [the mRNA vaccines] are weighted toward technology platforms that have never made it to licensure before.’” And Michal Linial, Ph.D., who is a Professor of Biochemistry, aligns herself with approximately 50 percent of Americans (around 25 percent are unsure), when she states, “I won’t be taking it [the mRNA vaccine] immediately – probably not for at least the coming year. We have to wait and see whether it really works. We will have a safety profile for only a certain number of months, so if there is a long-term effect after two years, we cannot know.” Furthermore, “in November 2020, The Washington Post reported on hesitancy among healthcare professionals in the United States to the mRNA vaccines, citing surveys which reported that: ‘some did not want to be in the first round, so they could wait and see if there are potential side effects’, and that ‘doctors and nurses want more data before championing vaccines to end the pandemic.’”

More examples of medical professional weighing in about the vaccine include the acclaimed French anesthetist and resuscitation specialist in one of the four major hospitals in Marseille, Dr. Louis Fouche, who is urging people to “refuse the vaccine,” the doctors who petitioned the EU to stop all COVID vaccine studies due to grave risks, and Prof. Dr. Paul Cullen of Germany, who explains the risk of a half-finished and ineffective product causing massive damage to health, an extremely rushed COVID-19 vaccine, “could prove to be the biggest mistake” of the whole COVID episode.

In addition to the very real medical uncertainties and potential health risks that this entirely new form of vaccine presents, there are serious moral concerns being raised. According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, “both the Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc vaccines have some connection to cell lines that originated with tissue from abortions…that took place in the 1960’s and 1970’s and that have often been replicated since.”

Indeed, both Pfizer Inc and Moderna used the HEK-293 cell line in developing their respective COVID-19 vaccines. “HEK” stands for Human Embryonic Kidney and the “293” refers to the number of experiments that a researcher did to develop that cell line. And as biologist Pamala Acker, who spent time in a vaccine research lab for nine months before encountering the ethic and moral issue of the HEK-293 cell line, explains, “It doesn’t mean there were two hundred and ninety-three abortions [for the HEK-293 cell line], but for two hundred and ninety-three experiments, you would certainly need far more than one abortion. We’re talking probably hundreds of abortions.”

Acker goes on to explain that because the cells have to be gathered within 5 minutes of an abortion, “They will actually deliver these babies via cesarean section. The babies are still alive when the researchers start extracting the tissue; to the point where their heart is still beating, and they’re generally not given any anesthetic, because that would disrupt the cells that the researchers are trying to extract. So, they’re removing this tissue, all the while the baby is alive and in extreme amounts of pain…” (You can watch the full interview between Pamala Acker, author of “Vaccination: A Catholic Perspective” and John-Henry Westen here.)

Indeed, dozens of babies over 3 months gestation were aborted so that their organs could be harvested in the research for the vaccines, as Dr. Stanley PIotkin (considered the “Godfather of Vaccines”) admitted in a 9-hour deposition. I totally understand why someone would want to take this vaccine to protect themselves or others, but even if there was a high probability of safely doing so (not considering all the variants the vaccine doesn’t account for, those who have still contracted COVID-19 even after taking the vaccine, and the need for additional and potentially even annual booster shots), how could the ends ever justify the means, even if it was just one innocent life? What if that one innocent human being was your child? What if that “one” was you?

In a paper released on December 12, 2020, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, along with co-signers Cardinal Janis Pujats, Bishop Joseph Strickland, Archbishops Tomash Peta and Jan Pawel Lenga, and other bishops and priests around the world expressed their strong conviction that any use of a vaccine tainted by the use of aborted fetal cells, “cannot be acceptable for Catholics.” Additionally, many individual Church leaders have strongly spoken out against any vaccine derived from aborted fetal cell tissue, including American Cardinal Burke, who stated that such vaccines violate “integrity of citizens” and “it must be clear that it is never morally justified to develop a vaccine through the use of the cell lines of aborted fetuses,” Bishop Strickland of Texas, who stated that we must “reject any vaccine that is developed using aborted children,” and Bishop Joseph Brennan of Fresno, California, who stated, “If it’s using objectionable material, we can’t use it, we can’t avail ourselves of it.”

Now, I am fully aware that there are many people of faith, Christians, and even prominent Church leaders who assert that the vaccines are not only permissible, but morally commendable, and should even be obligatory, due to the potential lives they could protect and save. However, the Personhood Alliance, a US organization which includes many competent and trustworthy social, legal, and religious leaders, including President Ronald Regan, Bishop Kagan, and Dr. Alveda King (MLK’s niece), declares that these arguments are in error, since the means, however good and ideal, simply cannot justify the ends: “The production and testing of vaccines using the remains of aborted human beings, regardless of manner of conception and without their consent, is morally unacceptable and must be opposed. The Personhood Alliance strongly urges the rejection of such vaccines.” This official stance was guided by the principles of “the rights of born persons not to be forced to violate their own bodily integrity and/or moral conscience and the rights of pre-born persons not to be trafficked, commodified, and/or experimented upon without their consent.”

There are moral theologians who, despite their belief that abortion is a morality of abortion, assert that the currently available vaccines are morally licit since their connections to the abortions were many years removed and thus, “remote.” Yet to this objection, Catholic nun and podcast speaker, Mother Mirium responds, “If stem cells were used from babies who died, stillbirths, or babies who died shortly after birth, I don’t see any problem with that, as I don’t see a difficulty with an adult donating organs and stem cells. But to use the stem cells from a child that was murdered, I do believe we are participating in the abortion, even though we weren’t even alive at the time.”

These voices aren’t just the consensus the conscience of faithful and trusted Catholic Christians… There are many prophetic voices, chosen messengers, and visionaries that are warning us from Heaven’s perspective about the dangers of this vaccine, including priest, exorcist, founder and superior General of the Apostolic Fraternity of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre.***

Another example is Anne, ‘apostle of the Returning King’ whose Apostolate of the Returning King (ARK) has received from the Irish Bishop O’Reilly a decree granting it the canonical status of a Private Association of the Faithful with Juridical Personality. Anne has received many locutions from Jesus, Mary, God the Father, and multiple saints on various topics including addiction, suicide, depression, divorce, atheism, everyday lay spirituality and more since the early 2000’s, many of which have undergone the careful review and approval by the Church, with the Imprimatur, which states that the messages are free of all moral or doctrinal error. The following is an excerpt of a beautiful and vert relevant message she received from Our Lord on May 17th, 2020, and it with this I would like to end:

“A created being does not create what is good without God, regardless of one’s beliefs about God. A created being does not create and use that which is bad for people with God, regardless of one’s beliefs about God. Therefore, let it be said that when a person creates something which is used to hurt humanity, they do so without God and they are acting separately from God.

Why do I speak with you this way today? Because you must quietly discern all that moves around you. Ask yourself this question. Is the remedy being offered to people helping humanity or hurting humanity? If it is helping, then you know I am active. If it is hurting humanity, then you know that it is not what I desire for people. Because you cannot possibly judge any person, you leave all judgement to me. The truth is that sometimes people believe they serve to help others when really they spread harm. I do not want this. I want all of God’s children on Earth to be loved and assisted. At the very least, I ask that God’s children not be deliberately harmed. If I am speaking to you, then you should heed my words, which you have now been given. If I am speaking to others, then you should simply discern prayerfully which part of these words are for you. Ponder my words. Ask for light from the Holy Spirit. Ask for protection from the Creator who desires what is good for you.”

Thank you so much for taking the time to heed this letter. I hope you understand that my aim is not to incite fear, division, or discouragement, despite the dangers, both physical and spiritual, of these difficult times. Rather, I exhort you to continue to stay positive, peaceful, and prayerful through everything, so as to be a beacon of the power of love and trust in God’s attentive love, complete care, and ever-present grace.

May He and His beautiful, blessed Mother Mary, bless you and your families and friends and keep you safe and healthy in mind, body, and soul, now and always! Yours in Christ’s infinite Mercy, Kindness, and Forgiveness,

Greg O. Perenich

University of Notre Dame Class of 2018

Bachelors of Science

Neuroscience and Behavior

Website/blog: LiveAndLiveOn.com

*Though I have made my support for Donald Trump public when I posted the YouTube video, “Why, As A Young Catholic Millennial, I’m Voting for Life,” I believe there are serious ethical concerns with the “Operation Warp Speed” fast track vaccine development effort combining the US government, military, and pharmaceutical industry, to release the COVID-vaccines by January of 2021, even before meeting the standard regulatory approvals.

**Final Article/Video: Dr. Dolores Cahill, PhD, is a Molecular Biologist/Immunologist and Professor at the University College of Dublin in Ireland. She is an inventor, founder and shareholder of companies, and has been granted & licensed patents in Europe, the USA & worldwide with applications in improving the early accurate diagnosis of disease (autoimmune diseases & cancer). She has more than 20 years of expertise in high-throughput protein & antibody array, proteomics technology development, automation & biomedical applications in biomarker discovery, diagnostics & personalized medicine. Dr. Cahill recently did an interview explaining how previous peer-reviewed studies on SARS Coronavirus mRNA vaccines conducted on animals have had very negative results, which is why one has never been approved for humans. She states: “When you inject it, this mRNA, why it’s so deadly, is that it now goes into your genes, and starts expressing. And it starts stimulating the immune response from inside your body, and you can’t get rid it because of the source of the viral protein. You now have become like a genetically modified organism.”

*** At this time, the vaccines that don’t involve tests using aborted fetal cells have not yet been made available to the general public, which is why some Catholics may be advocating waiting longer until there are more ethical alternatives to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. However, the following blog post gives a spiritual and moral warning against taking the vaccine, even suggesting that doing so in full knowledge and consent could be a grave matter, due to the harm it could cause:

Important Commentary – (Covid) Vaccinations and the Mark of the Beast – By a soul – MaryRefugeOfSouls

The following is the full message from God the Father to Father Michel Rodrigue on December 31st, 2020, concerning the new vaccines: https://maryrefugeofsouls.com/2021/01/06/december-31-2020-god-the-father-to-fr-michel-rodrigue-satan-is-going-to-attack-the-physical-body-of-my-children-that-i-created-in-my-image-and-in-my-likeness-satan-through-his-puppets-who-ru/

The following is a comprehensive review of the vaccines that are and aren’t connected to abortion: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/which-covid-19-vaccines-are-connected-to-abortion

“Behold Your Mother”

Toppling evil temptations, experiencing heavenly sensations, and storing up eternal elations …One “Hail Mary” at time!

“From my first Rosary prayer, I felt a peace, a happiness, an excitement within. I couldn’t stop laughing, and I couldn’t stop crying. No drugs or alcohol could have given me what I was feeling at that moment. The more I prayed, the stronger this feeling became, until suddenly, I had finished fifteen decades. I wanted to continue…” -Alan Ames in “The Warning: Testimonies and Prophesies of the Illumination of Conscience”

A CRAZY CHALLENGE:

The next time you feel stressed, depressed, or anything less than blessed, simply stop what you’re doing and start to say few, slow and sincere Hail Marys. Don’t worry don’t even know the words… Just say, “Mary, help me” quietly and from your heart. That is enough for your Mother to immediately swoop in and begin to fill you with her sweetness and strength! Try this experiment and I guarantee you, the Blessed Virgin Mary will make her consoling presence known to you; she will hold you by the hand and lead you deep into Her Immaculate Heart.

“Your Rosaries, dear children, are a lifetime to Heaven” she tells us in the Messages of Holy and Divine Love (via holylove.org). “Through the Rosary, I your Mother, can feed you with the nutrients of My Grace. I can nourish your souls with strong virtues and help you to determine God’s Will in the present moment. The Rosary deters evil inclinations and encourages deeper personal holiness.Cling to the Rosaries. It is a sign to satan that you belong to Me.”

Mary, as the St. Padre Pio confirms, is truly the “shortcut to God,” the quickest, easiest, shortest, and sweetest way to holiness, to happiness, to Heaven. She is the Woman “clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” (Revelation 12:1), Who crushes the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:15), is “full of grace” (Luke 1:28) and thus free from sin, and is utterly overshadowed by the power of the Most High (Luke 1:35) to conceive of Her Divine Son Jesus, as the very Mother of God (Luke 1:43). Yet She is also the Mother of all “those who keep God’s commandments and bear witness to Jesus” (Revelation 12:17), as Jesus Himself gave Her to all of us, his beloved disciples, in His final words on the Cross (John 19:26). Throughout His entire Passion and Death, it was Mary Who gave Jesus the necessary consolation and strength to lay His life down for our salvation, every step of the way. Thus, She has rightly received the titles of Co-Redemptrix, Advocate, and Mediatrix of All Graces.

And yet, I believe that Our Lady’s favorite title is simply that of Mother. As the most merciful, kind, and gentle of all mothers, all she really wants for all of us, her children, is to know, love, and serve Her Son. Her last words in Scripture really say it all: “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2:5). When contemplate the mysteries of Holy Rosary, we embark upon a timeless journey into the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, through the pure eyes and pondering heart of She Who knew and loved him most intimately! In fact, Our Blessed Mother has revealed that after the Holy Mass, the Holy Rosary is the most powerful, pleasing, and precious prayer for her, and indeed, for all of Heaven to hear! She even told St. Michtilde, “‘Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee!’ No creature has ever said anything that was more pleasing to me, nor will anyone ever be able to find or say to me anything that pleases me more.” No wonder Fr. Paul Moll once stated that, “If it were permitted to one of the elect [a soul currently enjoying Heaven] to live again in this world, he would submit with joy to all the sufferings that men have ever endured here below, in order to add to his merits that which he would acquire by the recital of one Ave Maria.”

Jesus Himself once revealed to the Stigmatist and visionary Catalina Rivas that “Each decade of the Holy Rosary you repeat, the angels gather and place as an offering at the feet of My Mother.” WOW! Imagine all the eternal treasures you will storing up for yourself in Heaven and the all graces and blessing you will giving to others with on earth if you began by just a few more prayers here and there! Try squeezing Hail Marys between bites, before classes/work, while washing your hands, and most of all in the most golden and glorious moments after receiving Our Lord Himself Holy Communion at Mass, just like Our Blessed Mother received Him at the moment of the Incarnation, when God became Man and the Word became Flesh in her Womb! And in addition to passing many mystical graces to others through these fervent, frequent Hail Marys, eventually you may just find yourself giving out brighter smiles, warmer words, and cheerier acts of kindness toward all of those around you, who you formerly may have been failing to notice, to reach out to, to forgive, and to truly love! Even if you’re distracted while praying (by the whirlwind of activities occurring around and within you), YOU WILL STILL BE SAVING SOULS through your smallest prayers! For the Blessed Mother has promised that She sends Her angels to collect the fragments of such prayers, in order to make them wholesome and even beautiful in the Eyes of God! Are you starting to see how, with Momma Mary, you really can’t lose!

“…do not let the Rosary out of your hands.” Our Blessed Mother told Catalina Rivas. “Pray even when you think you can no longer do so.” “…say [the Rosary] very slowly, so that it will reach My ears like a soft whisper of love. Make Me feel your child-like love with each word you recite…”

And if you’re really feeling daring, perhaps you will even take up the incredible practice of the DAILY ROSARY! It only takes 15-20 minutes (About 1% of your day), but it will go on doing good for you and for others for all of ETERNITY! St. Padre Pio called the Rosary “The Weapon” and promised to pray at least 5 (but often upwards of 18 Rosaries a day!) and Alan Ames attempts around 60 Rosary decades every day! Truly, a Rosary a day keeps the devil away!

A PERSONAL STORY:

Though I was the kid in elementary school who would wear a wooden Medjugorje rosary around my uniform belt loop and even lead rosary prayer groups at Recess (the Blessed Mother and the Holy Spirit were apparently my special “favorites” of my Catholic faith!), my devotion to this prayer, and prayer in general, dwindled and nearly altogether diminished by the time I was in high school. Still, my mom never gave up on praying for me, especially during my years of being bullied, feeling excluded, and seeming “lost,” and would often bind me and my little brother to the Immaculate Heart of Mary when she prayed her Rosary on the way to work. This proved to be very fruitful in the end, for during my first year in college at Our Lady’s University, the University of Notre Dame, I was invited to attend a lifechanging weeklong pilgrimage to Rome through the Office of Vocations of the Congregation of Holy Cross. From seeing the jaw-droppingly massive sculptures of the St. Peter’s Basilica and mind-bogglingly gorgeous paintings of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, to tasting the sweet and savory flavors of fresh Italian pizza and gelato, the trip had so many amazing moments. Yet perhaps the most meaningful and enduring of all was a certain Confession that I had with a Bishop during a public penance service, just after the announcement of the coming Year of Mercy. After listing off all of my sins to him, he seemed to ask me, in a strong foreign accent, “You pray rosary every day?”

“Well…umm…I try…but I don’t always have time…” was something of my timid response.

“No…No…” he declared, “You pray rosary every day.

“Ohhh!” I thought to myself just then, “That must be my penance!” Though a rosary every day for the rest of my life certainly sounded daunting at the time, I accepted the challenge. And after the daily rosary, eventually came daily mass, and even a daily hour of “Tabernacle Time” with Jesus. On several occasions, I started to actually sensibly feel Christ’s overwhelming and overflowing tenderness and peace in the Eucharist, and found it was becoming nearly impossible for me to leave the Church or chapel after receiving Him at Mass, without lingering in His Presence and losing myself in His Love. Other changes began to take place in me as well. I started caring more and more for the spiritual wellbeing of the souls around me, from family to friends to even the “background people” of my life, such as the dorm janitors and dining hall workers, all the while caring less and less of what others thought and said of me. My joy became more exuberant. My peace became more constant. My prayers became more ardent. And my thoughts became more transcendent. Though I still struggled (and still struggle) with certain attachments, such as those to food and comfort, my desire for and capacity for sacrifice was steadily increasing, with little victories after falls and signs of growth over time.

“Never will anyone who says his rosary be led astray. This is a statement I would gladly sign with my blood.” These were the words a later discovered from St. Louis De Montfort, and I can attest to them through and through. Truly, from the day I decided to pray the daily rosary, it was though Our Lady had taken me under Her Mantle and guided me by the hand, slowly infusing me with Her virtues and silently teaching me how to live as a child of the Divine Will, in both the big life decisions and little everyday moments. Day by day, She eventually lead me to my vocation with the Salesians, where I have never been happier. This is why would recommend this most pleasing and priceless, treasured and timeless devotion to anyone and everyone!

After all, in the words of Our Lord to Catalina Rivas, “Spread devotion to [the Rosary]. My Mother promised that if just one member of the family prays it every day, She will save that family. And this promise is signed and sealed by the Divine Trinity.”

Thus, if you feel so called, why not start sharing these Marian prayer cards (in English and Spanish!) on the Power of the Rosary anywhere and everywhere?! After all, in the Unpublished Manuscipt on Purgatory (with the Church Imprimatur) we read, “Those who promote the recitation of the Rosary everywhere deserve praise. It is this prayer that is the most efficacious in the present time of need.”

Thank you so, so much for (hopefully) taking the time to read these words and give them a chance! May you soon know of the indescribable, unfathomable love that Our Blessed Mother has for YOU personally! And may each Hail Mary for you be another joy on earth and treasure in Heaven that awaits you now and for all eternity! Amen!

PS- The following are some more amazingly powerful prayers beseeching Mother Mary’s matchless intercession that have proven to be very profitable in my own prayer life! Feel free to copy/paste and text/email to family/friends! May God bless you, Mary keep you, the angels guide you, and the saints surround you today and always! Ave Maria! Amen!

NOTE: The greatest way to love Jesus with everything you have, body, mind, and soul, is to let Mary do it through you! To consecrate yourself entirely to the Blessed Virgin Mary, (and thus swap all your prayers, virtues, and merits with HERS) through the 33 Days to Morning Glory personal retreat book, very simply yet beautifully written by Father Michael Gaitley, click here:

“Confession” (A Poem)

For many of Catholics, the going to confession regularly might seem like a chore to be checked off at best and an awkward or even intimating event to be avoided at worst. For me, however, this sacrament has become one of the most beautiful, encouraging and liberated experiences of my life…so much so that I desire to receive this special “soul-cleansing” after a careful examination of conscience at least every month or so! Our Blessed Mother, in her many messages to the visionaries of Medjugorje has encouraged the faithful to partake in the immense graces which monthly confession brings us! And as Mother Angelica used to say (paraphrasing), “If you don’t polish yourself often, you get dim and dull!” Thus, the following poem delves a little deeper into the mystery of this gift…with a glimpse of my thoughts beforehand and afterward! After all, there is nothing that can quite compare to the feeling of shedding all that holds us back from holiness and happiness and being made into a new creation in Christ, through the person of His priestly representative. May He, Who loved you into existence, show you personally how very far the depths of Infinite Mercy will go to swallow up every last one of your faults and failures and hold you ever closer to His yearning and burning Eucharistic Heart! Amen! Enjoy!

JMJ

“Confession”

I step in
Sullied and steeped in sin

I step out
Fully and freely forgiven

I step in
Lips quivering
Limbs shivering
Head shaking
Hands quaking
Heart pumping, pulsating, palpitating

I step out
An old smile showing
Once glazed over eyes now glowing
A cold and restless heart slowing and warming
And a golden horizon of infinite possibilities flowing;
Hope is regrowing and reforming

I step in
Downcast and distant, heavy and hardened by guilt and grief

I step out
Uplifted and undaunted, dazzled and dizzied by resilience and relief

I step in
Convicted, but lacking conviction
Am I really about to finally pour out my deepest and darkest secrets and addictions?
My biggest and baddest regrets and mistakes?

I step out
It is finished! It is complete!
Yet how could receiving something so sublime and surreal be so simple and sweet?
I guess a little good will and a lot of grace is truly all it takes!

I step in
Scared and scarcely able to speak
For my many seemingly “insignificant” and “inconsequential” sins have snuffed out all the life in me until I’ve become bitter, burdened, broken, and bleak…
Yet the festering wounds that they’ve caused can no longer remain stealthily concealed; in order for them to be thoroughly healed, it is past time for the whole Truth to be bravely revealed, and so here, in this quiet Confessional, I have nervously kneeled
Indeed, the spirit is willing, but flesh is weak
Though I cannot change the past, with the greatest of God’s gifts, my free will in this present moment, it is redemption and reconciliation with Him I now seek

I step out
Humbled and humming a hallelujah song
For Jesus has entirely incinerated my every wrong
In the passionate flames of His Sacred Heart, which burn so bright and so strong
Though my future will be forever transfigured and transformed, it wasn’t my own dreams and designs, but His all along
Indeed, I have placed all my faith, all my hope, and all my love in nothing and no one but God, for I am once again His beautiful and beloved prodigal son, and to Him alone do I belong

I step in
Worrying over how many people I have hurt by my unkindness, unforgiveness, and unwillingness to let go of my pleasures, my plans, my pride
I have cheated, I have stolen, I have gossiped, I have lied
And it has cost me too much precious time and peace of mind to continue to try to justify, deny, criticize, and hide

I step out
Wondering how many people I can help by my everyday efforts in prayer, positivity, service, and sacrifice too
Yes, there has been so much good left undone and yet, how much good there is still left to do!
For every waking moment is a unique opportunity to let Christ’s love, laughter, and light shine through!

I step in
Still frantically trying to prepare
Tempted and tormented by the demons I’ve let in to enslave and ensnare
Yet surrounded and sustained by the Lord’s vigilant protection and tender care
For in my lowest and loneliest of moments, when I wasn’t even awake or aware
He was holding my hand, drying my tears, caressing my hair
Yes, He was always there

I step out
As though from a gentle “soul shower”
Rinsed and released of from the grip of the evil enemy, who has been chained back to hell and detained from all power
While this new, pure, childlike heart beating from within has become a haven for all of Heaven and a throne for the King of the Universe once again! And from now on, He will silently direct me and slowly perfect me therein, day after day and hour by hour

I step in
Feeling dirty, dark, and desperate
Longing and languishing for a clear conscience, a fresh start, a blank slate
For if I were to die unrepentant in this state
Everlasting death, despair, and darkness may very well be my fate…
But thank God Almighty, it’s not too late!

I step out
Feeling filled, freed, and floored
For my soul’s original baptismal innocence has been altogether restored!
And all of the angels and saints are rejoicing all the more
Since if this were my last breath, I would instantly and effortlessly soar
Toward the boundless bliss and beauty of celestial palaces and planets, villages and vineyards, ships and shores
Awaiting me in an eternity of exhilarating adventures and intoxicating intimacy with my vast, heavenly family, with my Blessed Mother Mary, and above all, with my Bridegroom, my Beloved, my Lord

I step in
And with one last prayer and deep breath of courage from within
I make my confession
Leaving no stone left unturned, no sin left hidden
Even the ones I have selfishly and stubbornly committed over and over again…
Finally, when I have reached the very end
I fall to my knees and recite a heartfelt “Act of Contrition”
Professing my deep desire to do all I can to make amends
And my sincere sorrow for the pain I have inflicted upon myself, upon others, and upon My Crucified Savior, Who has been brutally beaten, bloodied, and bruised, outside and in
And then
Comes the Voice, not of a mean judge but of a merciful Friend:
“I absolve you from your sins
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

I step out
And I am alive! I am made new! I am washed clean! I am set free!
Because now, it is no longer I who live, but Christ Who lives in me

Poem written by “Little Gregory” on 12/8/2020, Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Verse: “If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing” (1 John 1:9).

Quote: “I tell you, dear child, that the truth cannot be denied. I am the Truth. And I love you beyond anything you can imagine. My only wish is to you back to Me, where I might protect you. Do not be afraid. You will not be punished for your misdeeds. Come back to Me now and I will pardon your sins. We will proceed together as though these sins had never been committed. Sins leave a certain residue on a soul. Come to Me now, My beloved child, and with a heavenly breath, I will blow away the residue of sin so your soul proceeds in joy and newness. I am your God. I love you. That will never change.” -Jesus on August 21st, 2003 via ‘Anne, apostle of the Returning King’ in Volume 2: Conversations with the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

Song: “Clean” by Natalie Grant:

Heaven Speaks to YOU: Words of Comfort and Hope for Anyone Who May Be Struggling Emotionally or Spiritually

Since reading and rereading the heavenly messages given by Our Lord, Our Lady, and multiple saints as given to ‘Anne, apostle of the Returning King’ in DirectionForOurTimes.com, my life has been forever changed. These words truly provide Heaven’s answers and remedies to the questions and challenges we are all faced with in these times of so much uncertainty and unrest.

In August of 2020, I received formal permission from Father Darragh Connolly, the Chaplain of the Apostolate of the Returning King (which now enjoys Canonical approval of and status in the Church), to transcribe these words from Heaven into YouTube videos! With the help of some amazing friends and a lot of grace, I have been able to make several already on a variety of relevant subject matters!

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I ask you: Do you know of any family, friends, and loved ones who may be struggling mentally, emotionally, or spiritually during this time? If so, please consider sharing the following words/videos of grace and consolation, so that they may know that, no matter what they’re going through, they are not alone, but are entirely surrounded and aided and endlessly accepted and cherished, by their vast and beautiful heavenly family who eagerly awaits them in an eternity of joy, love, peace and adventure, beyond their wildest imagination.

After all, Jesus Himself has promised in Volume 8: Resting in the Heart of the Savior: “You must heed My words and you must spread them. The merit gained in the spread of these words will astound you because I am asking this of you and souls who do this work are saying “yes” to Me. I am grateful more than you realize, faithful ones. Now be brave and assist your brothers and sisters by giving them these words. You will be well rewarded in heaven.”

Heaven Speaks to Those Who Have Experienced Tragedy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gswzHs8xL9c&t=3s
“If you pray for others in a time of such great pain, Heaven will flood others with graces, because Heaven views this prayer, made in sorrow, as the most beautiful act of trust. The angels delight in this and bring this prayer before the Father as evidence of man’s respect for His dominion. God the Father, in turn, unleashes a torrent of conversion, healing, and calming graces for all involved in the tragedy. Truly, the Father orders the angels and saints to benefit thousands from such a situation. Talk to Heaven and you and all those around you will be blessed powerfully.” -St. Ambrose. Read on

Heaven Speaks to Those Who Fear Death
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsctmbCrAqg
“My little child, how joyful I am to be with you. My heart rests with you as you contemplate God’s mercy. There will be no difficulty with Jesus accepting you. If you feel the smallest desire to be with Jesus, to rest in His merciful gaze, you will do so. You belong to heaven, little child. Be very humble about your entrance into eternity. A good child, a faithful servant, comes to the door in humility. This is what you must do. God is great, very great. God is all goodness, all power. Comparatively, what are you? I will tell you. You are God’s beloved and immeasurably cherished child. You are like a small infant in my arms, in need of comfort and nourishment. Allow yourself to be a small and helpless infant and I, your heavenly mother, will give you all that you need to appear before God.” -Our Blessed Mother Mary. Read on

Heaven Speaks to Those Who Struggle with Depression
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oplmDEis9o4&t=1s
“Offer [Jesus] each day in the spirit of love and patience. He will get you through another day, yes, which is another one of your fears, is it not? That you cannot get through a day? He will get you through that day and preserve each moment for eternity. He will use each moment for the salvation of others, who may be suffering even more than you. This is the truth. This is how you are needed at this moment perhaps. Will you make the most use of it?” -St. Dympha. Read on

Heaven Speaks to Those Considering Suicide
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF0k1Jn10y4&t=5
“My dear little child, how heavy is your heart. I see that you are suffering and feeling alone. Dear beloved one, you are not alone now and you will never be alone. Even as you read these words, heaven surrounds you. The angels pray constantly for your recovery, for a return to joy for you. You must believe that I tell you the truth today. I am Mary, your mother, and I can only seek what is good for you. I will seek what is good for you right now, before the throne of God, and ask the Father to send you heavenly gifts of courage and calm. You will move through this day that is already passing into the past and tomorrow will be better. Each day will move you closer to recovery. Do not think for a moment that God will leave you with pain that is unmanageable. God will not do this. Ask for help and you will receive it. I am here, with you now, and I will make sure that you receive all that you need to move past this period of anguish. Heaven does not will this for you. Heaven wills hope for you. Heavenly graces filled with hope flow into your soul now. Rest in God’s grace and I will secure all that is necessary for you. I am your mother. I love you completely. I will help you.” -Mother Mary. Read on

Heaven Speaks on Abortion

“My children, you are all so precious to Me. There is a temptation for people to believe that if they have made a grave mistake, they are not welcome in heaven or that they are not suitable companionship for Me. This is not true. And this temptation must be fought against. Sin is forgivable. All sin…” -Jesus. Read on

To read more of the uplifting and compassionate words from Our Lord, Our Lady, and multiple saints on a variety of topics, such as “Heaven Speaks About Addictions“, “Heaven Speaks to Those Who Have Rejected God” “Heaven Speaks About Divorce” and “Heaven Speaks to Those Who Struggle to Forgive” click here:
https://directionforourtimes.com/library/heaven-speaks-booklets/

Thank you for taking the time to read (and hopefully share!) these heavenly messages, which have greatly aided my spiritual journey and have truly changed my life! I hope that after deeply pondering and praying with them, you too can say the same! May God bless you and your loved ones in His infinite, intimate love and mercy, which can forgive any sin and right any wrong, now and always! Amen! 🙂 JMJ

5 Powerful Ways to Pray “As Never Before” for Our President, Our Nation, and Our World

“Let all your reactions to any result of this election be prayer, prayer and more prayer.” -God the Father on November 4th, 2020 via https://www.holylove.org/messages/#latest-message

“The election results are illicit and do not reflect the heart of this nation. Nefarious efforts worked in the background to undermine the Truth.  Exert your prayer efforts that your President is successful in exposing Satan’s plans.  The soul of your nation needs to unite in this prayer.  Much is at stake nationally and internationally.” -Blessed Virgin Mary on November 7th, 2020 via https://www.holylove.org/messages/#latest-message

In the heat of the current uncertainty we are facing after this divisive and deceptive political election, we are faced with a choice… We can either fall into the enemy’s emotional traps of discouragement or exaggerated anxiety (the “greatest obstacles to holiness,” as Jesus once told St. Faustina) OR we can “put on the armor of God” (Ephesians 6:11) by becoming steadfast and courageous prayer warriors for Our Lord, Our Lady, and indeed all of Heaven and earth!

Think about it: every sin and unkindness negatively impacts the whole world, but every last little heartfelt prayer and act of kindness affects the whole world for good, spreading love, joy, and grace from one soul to the next. “When you pray with love in your hearts,” Our Blessed Mother assures us, “your prayers affect souls, world conditions, and the propensity of God’s Mercy.”1 Now more than ever, our nation and our world are in dire, desperate need of those who constantly and humbly surrender and immerse their hearts in faith-filled prayer: “Dear little children,” Our Lady again exhorts us, “Jesus has sent Me to ask of you extra prayers, as many prayers as you can offer, for such is the need of our Hearts. Every prayer you offer is already used up by My Son, whose Heart is greatly offended. Therefore, My little children, pray, pray, pray.”2

In particular, Our Lord is calling us to pray for a favorable and fair outcome for the 2020 Elections, for on November 2nd, 2020, He gave the following message: “You are also praying for a pro-life candidate as Trump to win re-election for President. You may have some judgments from the Supreme Court to keep the election fair. Lawyers may be examining the absentee ballots to see if they are legal. With enough prayer, your President could win re-election. Trust in Me to protect your President’s life.”3

Truly, we are so close! For if there are enough prayers offered and sacrifices made and President Trump is re-elected, then by God’s grace, Roe vs. Wade will finally be overturned after 47 years and so, so many unborn lives will be saved! Whereas if Biden gets into office, he promised to make Roe the “law of the land” no matter what the Supreme Court decides… (See post: “Why, As A Young Catholic Millennial, I’m Voting for Life!“). Therefore, from November 8th-December 8th, 2020 (when all the contested election results need to be finalized), there will be a month of intense prayer and fasting for the Truth to prevail! The following are 5 simple yet powerful ways to pray for a positive and peaceful outcome to the 2020 elections in our nation, as well as the salvation of our the whole world:

#1 “Continuous Rosaries”

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In his recent letter to President Trump, Cardinal Vigano has recently exhorted as many as possible, children, the elderly, families, and everyone in between to take up the “Weapon” (as St. Padre Pio called it) of the Most Holy Rosary:

“I ask that all of you pray the Holy Rosary, if possible in your families or with your dear ones, your friends, your brothers and sisters, your colleagues, your fellow soldiers. Pray with the abandonment of children who know how to have recourse to their Most Holy Mother to ask her to intercede before the throne of the Divine Majesty. Pray with a sincere soul, with a pure heart, in the certainty of being heard and answered. Ask her – she who is the Help of Christians, Auxilium Christianorum – to defeat the forces of the Enemy; ask her – she who is terrible as an army set in battle array (Song 6:10) – to grant the victory to the forces of Good and to inflict a humiliating defeat on the forces of Evil.”

Truly, all of hell trembles when even one soul decides to devoutly pray this ancient yet timeless prayer, second in power only to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass! For in Jesus’ own words: “My brothers and sisters, if you knew the power of the Rosary that you hold in your hands and that you pray with your hearts, you would never put it down. It would always be with you and the prayers would always be on your lips.”4

“Satan knows that the Rosary is the weapon which will bring about his defeat. This is why he is desperate to discourage its use. Every time you recite a Hail Mary from the heart, the devil is weakened forever in some area and in some soul. You must never be discouraged, then, in praying the Rosary. When your heart is most filled with distraction, understand the adversary is frightened of your prayers.”5

“Think of the joy in all of Heaven when a breath is drawn and the tongue given over to prayer–the prayer of the Holy Rosary. All of Heaven sighs with joy when free will surrenders to the Divine in this way. When the ‘Hail Mary’ is being prayed from the heart, time stands suspended between Heaven and earth. Angels carry the light of grace back and forth between Heaven and earth, creating a bridge of light between the soul and his Creator. Such a soul is never alone, but has in his company all the Heavenly court.”6

Therefore, let us persevere in our heartfelt prayer efforts, for many souls, many lives, and indeed, the fate of our nation and world depend on them! Rosary after Rosary, the Truth will be exposed, God’s Will will be done, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary will Triumph! “My dear children,” Our Blessed Mother warned on October 8th, 2020, “I and all of the angels and saints are encouraging all of My prayer warriors to storm heaven with all of your rosaries to help elect your President and pray for the confirmation of Judge Barrett…. Your country’s freedom is at stake with this election. So pray as many rosaries as you can to save you country from the communist left.”7

#2 Sacrifices/Fasting

“When sacrifice is added to prayers,” Our Blessed Mother tells us, “it is twice as strong.”8 These sacrifices need not be heroic; they must only given over with the utmost love. For in God’s Eyes a mere trifle, such as a simple smile when one feels annoyed or joyless or an extra few Hail Marys when one feels bored or restless, may be worth more than many much larger offerings given over reluctantly or proudly.

Fasting in particular, when done prayerfully and prudently, has sublime spiritual benefits. In the words of Sister Emmanuel Maillard in “Freed and Healed Through Fasting”: “Our heart is already big enough to hold God Himself, but fasting allows God to extend the boundaries of our heart and encompass all of the heavenly dimensions… This is why those who fast have a special spiritual sensitivity and sharpness.” “Only in heaven shall you know that, thanks to your fasting, thanks to your ‘yes’ to Our Lady, hundreds of thousands of young people have been protected from suicide, many young couples have been protected from divorce, many little babies in the womb have been protected from abortion.” (To learn more about the power of Fasting on Bread and Water 1-2 Days a Week as is the practice in Medjugorje, read Jesus’ Love Letter entitled “Fast for Me” from God’s Blue Book 3.)

The following are some more ideas for little physical, social, and mental sacrifices to give to Jesus throughout the day to help deepen our intimacy with Him and brings more and more souls to Him: https://liveandliveon.files.wordpress.com/2020/11/little-physical-social-and-mental-sacrifice-ideas.pdf

“The future is not carved in stone,” Jesus reminds us, “but is dependent upon the effort of prayer and sacrifice emanating from the heart of the world. No one knows the hour of the Apocalypse except My Father in Heaven. The present moment is the opportunity God gives you to win souls for the Remnant and to change the hearts of influential leaders. In this effort, you must never be discouraged.”9

This urgent call to accept our everyday sufferings and offer little, loving sacrifices echoes the message Our Lady of Fatima gave on August 19th, 1917: “Pray, pray much, and sacrifice for sinners, for many souls go to hell because there is no one to sacrifice and pray for them.”

# 3 Litanies of the Angels/Saints

In this age of darkness and disobedience, the angels, saints, and souls in purgatory of the mystical Body of Christ stand by ready to fight the good fight alongside us! Therefore, we should have recourse to as many of our heavenly protectors and guides as possible, who can defend us from any and all evil influences like an invisible yet invincible force fields surrounding us!

In particular, let us invoke the names of the following angels in the battle to save America from the clutches of evil:

Zechariah, the Angel of the United States, of the Choir of Powers (5th Choir);

Constant, the ruling and guiding Angel of the United States Congress; and

Micah, the ruling and guiding Angel of the United States Supreme Court.

(See: https://maryrefugeofsouls.com/2019/01/10/names-of-the-holy-angels-assigned-to-protect-and-guide-the-united-states-of-america/ )

Also, let us not forget the saints, whose intercessory powers have also been greatly enhanced during these final days in the Advent of the Warning and the Second Coming of Christ:

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#4 Holy Hours (In Person or Online)

“When we get in front of the sun, we get sun tans…” Blessed Carlo Acutis once said, “But when we get in front of Jesus in the Eucharist, we become Saints.” For many of us, this Sun of infinite beauty, wisdom, and power, this Source inexhaustible love, joy, and peace, Who holds the remedy for all our hurts, the reprieve from all our anxieties, the refuge against all our temptations, the response to our questions, the redirection in all our present moments, and, of course, the remission of all our sins… this most handsome and heartfelt Lover of our very souls awaits us with a few miles radius, in the nearest Catholic Church! What, therefore, is holding us back spend as much “one-on-one” time as possible with He Who has been burning and begging, longing and languishing, calling and crying out for our very presence in all the tabernacles of the world from the beginning of time? In His own words in God’s Blue Book 3:

“When you come to Me in the Eucharist and in front of the tabernacle, I give you special graces to help you love. I shower you with My love. I fill you with such gifts you cannot receive anywhere on the face of this earth… Do you, My beloved ones, want to love your brothers? Do you want to know My ways and live in harmony with Me? Come to Me in My Blessed Sacrament and let Me minister to you. The time you spend after Communion is your dearest treasure. Do not run from My altar to get to your world. Stay and let Me bathe you in My beautiful love! I bathe you. You leave with such beautiful love to share with your beloved ones.”

Read/share more Eucharistic excerpts from God’s Blue Books here:

Note: Jesus has revealed through various mystics that He remains sacramentally present for 20 minutes after we receive Him (until His Body and Blood has completely dissolved in all the particles the Host). He has referred to this time as the moments when He is closest to us, and when He is want to grant every request we make of Him in faith! So then, let us remain with Him after Communion and beseech His Sacred Heart burning and beating inside us for an immense outpouring of grace for ourselves, for our friends and families, and indeed, for the salvation of the whole world! 🙂 Read more quotes from Our Lord Himself about the golden and glorious moments after Communion here.

Truly, nothing could possibly be more important than starting our day by receiving the King and kings and Lord of lords into our hearts to become entirely consumed, saturated, and enflamed with the warmth, light, and energy of His burning Love to infuse into all we do and radiate toward all we meet during the day. Nothing will keep us more at peace and yet attentive and attuned to the promptings of the Lord within in. And nothing will allow us to topple satan’s empire of darkness and build Christ’s Kingdom of Light more than uniting our hearts with His Sacred, Eucharistic Heart in Holy Communion! For, in the words of St. Martin de Porres, “Please know and understand the great consolation Jesus feels in His Divine Heart whenever you pray before His Real Presence. As He is consoled, the stranglehold that satan has upon the throat of the world is loosened, and souls are given knowledge as to their sinful ways…. Believe that one holy hour can save a soul and change the course of human history forever. Live as though you believe this profound truth.”10

This time of pandemic has sadly stopped many Catholics from attending daily mass and visiting Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. However, where human sin and helplessness abounds, God’s grace and aid abound all the more! As St. Thomas Aquinas assures us in Volume 7: Greetings from Heaven:

“My brothers and sisters, you understand that we come to advise you, but also to prepare you, and indeed to advise you on how to prepare. There will come a time when you may be deprived of the Sacrament of the Eucharist altogether. This will occur in some areas of the world. This will be a grave and heavy cross but I assure you that heaven will compensate. You will make constant spiritual communions and remain united to Christ. You will have angels and saints all around you, willing to console and direct you. You will be very brave and very fixated on your Jesus and on your mission to serve Him. So even in removing the Eucharist, the enemy can do you no real harm. Do you understand?”

If you are unable to attend daily Mass or adore Our Lord in the Eucharist, remember to make frequent spiritual communions and utilize the online daily mass videos and Eucharistic adoration Livestream via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I23aEVCtzHs

#5 Acts of Love

“Nothing opens hearts like love.” Our Lord tells us in Meditations: Living the Divine Will. “It cracks hearts like a hammer to a stone.” Truly, our love for God and neighbor is the most powerful weapon we possess in the battle of good over evil, for “[satan] fears the power emanating from a loving heart.”11 Let us endeavor then, to ever-increase the number and fervor of our acts of love for God and kindness towards others, and always pray to be guided and prompted by the Holy Spirit to see and seize the many opportunities to do so during a single day! After all, if “every act of love counteracts an act of evil,”12 imagine the infinite value and endless ripple effects of an act of love of ours taken and multiplied by the Lord Himself, a thousand fold!

Finally, as we begin to employ these 5 means of prayer, it is important to understand that each is only as efficacious as the love and trust in our hearts. “The degree of faith in the heart when a prayer is offered is like the heat in an oven.” Jesus explains, “The warmer the oven the more quickly and completely the bread is baked. The higher the degree of faith, the more quickly and completely a prayer is answered.”13 Truly, I am certain that if enough brave and bold men and women of all ages and even faiths come together spiritually in prayerful love and trust, the victory for our President will be assured! Yet regardless of the outcome, we cannot forget that every prayer, even the smallest and slightest, is saved and sealed by the Holy Angels, purified and perfected by the Holy Mother, and taken and treasured by the Holy Trinity, to be used for the glory of God, the salvation of souls, and our own holiness on earth and happiness in Heaven, forever. In the words of Our Lord in Volume 4: Jesus the King: “Every breath of praise, every sentence of praise, every song of praise you utter will surround you with an oxygen-like substance in heaven. You will breathe in all of your prayers and you will exult in every earthly acceptance of suffering or hardship. Your prayers and obedience give God glory, this is true. But your earthly prayers and obedience also give you glory in eternity. These acts of submission to your God add to the light that will surround you in heaven.”

Yes, at the end of the day, no matter who wins this current US election, God is still in charge. In His own Words in Mediations: Living the Divine Will: “…I love you so much that I AM not going to let anything happen to you that will not be the best for you, and I mean anything: nothing in the physical sense, spiritual sense, or by any other creature’s desire, will happen unless it is My Will…” 

Now that’s a promise the people can believe in! Have a beautiful, blessed day, and never stop praying…and smiling! Because no matter who you are and what you’ve done, Jesus loves you!

Yours in His Infinite Mercy and Forgiveness, and in the Three Sacred Hearts of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,

Greg! Aka “Little Gregory”

PS- The following are some more short but POWERFUL prayers to copy/paste and text/email to share with family and friends! Feel free to spread them like wildfire, because the more prayers prayed=the more souls saved! 🙂

Sources:

  1. Message from the Blessed Virgin “Mary, Refuge of Holy Love” on November 19th, 2014 via holylove.org
  2. Message from the Blessed Virgin Mary on September 9th, 1993 via holylove.org
  3. Message from Jesus to Prophet John Leary on November 2nd, 2020
  4. Message concerning the sublimely powerful Rosary of the Unborn from Jesus on October 7th, 2004 via holylove.org
  5. Message from Jesus on September 18th, 1999 via holylove.org
  6. Message from Jesus on October 7th, 2004 via holylove.org
  7. Message from the Blessed Mother to Prophet John Leary on October 8th, 2020
  8. Message from the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Fatima, on June 8th, 1998 via holylove.org
  9. Message from Jesus on April 20th, 2015 via holylove.org
  10. Message from St. Martin de Porres on November 25th, 2006 via holylove.org
  11. Message from God the Father on June 16th, 2018 via holylove.org
  12. Message from Jesus on Novmber 5th, 2003 via holylove.org
  13. Message from Jesus on July 24th, 1999 via holylove.org

Why, As A Young Catholic Millennial, I’m Voting for Life!

To my dear friends and family, brothers and sisters in Christ,

With the landmark 2020 election right around the corner, I like to focus on a few helpful resources and information I have compiled to help anyone that may not have voted yet or may still be undecided. Now I know what you might be thinking: oh, boy, more politics… Yet I would like to start by reassuring you that I am not interested in long-winded discourses or divisive debates (we have enough of those already, don’t you think?). After all, even Our Lord has even advised us thus: “Do not spend a great deal of time discussing events in the world. Long discussions do not benefit the situation. Spend instead a great deal of time praying for the situation in the world. This will benefit the situation, along with those around you, and your own little priceless soul, which becomes more and more beautiful through prayer and silence” (see Monthly Messages: August 1st, 2006).

Rather, I would simply like to share my own perspective, given the research and discernment I’ve done over the last few months. And so, without further adieu, please enjoy my YouTube video entitled, “Why, As I Young Catholic Millennial, I’m Voting for Life!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qddJ47AFocc

In it, I draw reference to first and foremost the infinite love and mercy, untold healing and hope, and endless freedom and forgiveness available to any woman that has ever chosen abortion. Truly, God loves us all passionately and completely, no matter who we are or what we’ve done. There is no sin that He cannot forgive, no mistake that He won’t immediately incinerate in the fires of His Sacred Heart if we simply have the courage and humility to say, “Lord…I’m sorry.”

“Dear woman, if you think you have committed a graver sin than I, you are wrong. Jesus loves me tenderly and I am a close friend to the Savior. And yet, I would repel you if you knew how I had lived a part of my life. We are all the same in that we are all sinners. Nobody in heaven looks at anyone else with anything but love and understanding. This is because we all understand that given the right set of earthly circumstances, we could make grave mistakes such as you did. Your circumstances contributed to your decision. I know this. Jesus knows this. All of heaven knows this. You must accept this, too. If you were in different circumstances, it is likely you would have made a different decision. But it is over and Jesus makes all things new. Let Him make your soul new and you will give Him far greater joy than you gave Him sorrow. I would not tell you something if it were not true. If you return to Jesus with your heart and ask Him for forgiveness, you will have forgiveness and He will forget your sins. He has certainly forgotten mine.” -St. Mary Magdalene in Heaven Speaks About Abortion. Video: “Hope and Heaving For Women Who Have Had Abortions” available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TPMsLgZxu8

I go on explain the startling and staggering statistics of the abortion industry in America, such as the fact that since 1973 there have been over 60,000,000 abortions, that every day there are about 3,000 abortions, that every year, around 11,500 babies are killed in third trimester abortions, and that sadly, of the babies born with Down syndrome, 67% are aborted. Truly, our world has been deprived of so many beautiful blessings from those who are missing because they had no vote, no voice, no chance, and no choice.

Of course, while the lives of the least and littlest among us, the unborn, are the most vulnerable and unprotected, abortion is not the only social justice issue. Authentic Christians and good citizens have and must continue to go out of their way to serve the elderly and the infirm, the poor and the marginalized, and the imprisoned and immigrant, just to name a few. Yet as is clear to see from the graph below, among all tragic human injustices, abortion is by far the greatest killer of innocent life in our nation. In the words of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, it is also “the greatest destroyer of peace today.” The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops affirms this in their statement from their official U.S. Bishops Voter’s guide for 2020: “The threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself.”

Every heartfelt prayer or act of kindness affects the whole world for good, spreading love, joy, and grace from one soul to the next. When you pray with love in your hearts,” Our Blessed Mother Mary reassures us, “your prayers are eternal in value and affect souls, world conditions and the propensity of God’s Mercy.” Conversely, however, every sin- even those hidden from others- affects the whole world in a negative chain-reaction. And while all sin damages our relationship with God and one another, there are certain “non-negotiables” that the Catechism of the Catholic Church defines as morally grave matters, and thus should be avoided at all costs. Cardinal Raymond Burke, Archbishop Emeritus of St. Louis alludes to this in his words of warning to voters: “There is no element of the common good that could justify voting for a candidate who also endorses, without restriction or limitation, the deliberate killing of the innocent, abortion, embryonic stem, cell research, euthanasia or human cloning…These elements are so fundamental to the common good that they cannot be subordinated to any other cause, no matter how good….” In fact, many reputable Catholic leaders who faithfully uphold the teachings of the 2,000 year-old Magisterium of the Church have publicly made statements concerning this pivotal upcoming 2020 election, which you can read here: https://anticatholicticket.com/clergy-statements

The following are just a few of the many major pro-life accomplishments of Trump-Pence administration, such as the reallocation of millions of our taxpayer dollars from the massive abortion industry to mostly locally funded community health centers, which provide other options for pregnant women in unplanned or crisis pregnancies, including living arrangements, parenting classes, baby food, day care, and adoption agency referrals. Over the last 4 years, our President has also placed over 200 judges who are most likely make pro-life, pro-family, pro-religious freedom decisions, and he has appointed 3 conservative Justices to the Supreme Court (including the amazing Amy Barret of Notre Dame…Go Irish!).
With all of these and more, it’s no wonder Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life, has stated, “[Trump] has done more for the pro-life moment than any president when it comes to enacting policy.”

Amazingly, 28 state legislatures have introduced a variety of abortion bans in the first quarter of 2019 alone, in preparation for the overturning of Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion for all 9 months in all 50 states. However, Democratic-Presidential candidate Joe Biden has publicly stated that if elected, he would instruct the justice department to block all restrictions on abortion, that one of his first acts as president would be to restore taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood, and that, if the Supreme Court overturns Roe vs. Wade, he would pass legislation to reestablish it as the “law of the land.”Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn7hGkMJObs&feature=emb_title

On the other hand, if President Trump is reelected, he will continue to faithfully uphold his campaign promise: “I will veto any legislation that weakens current pro-life federal policies and laws, or that encourages the destruction of innocent human life at any stage.”
Additionally, the list of our President’s overall accomplishments on other fronts since 2016 are quite commendable, including the creation of 7 million jobs, record low poverty and unemployment rates (before the pandemic), the all-time high in US oil production (and thus decreased dependency on foreign oil), and the passing of the largest conversation bill in a decade, to protect over 375,000 acres of wilderness land, among many others:

Now, I fully understand that Donald Trump is not the agreeable, placating, politically correct politician we are used to (he is, after all, not a politician at all but a businessman). I will personally admit that I sometimes have to cringe a little when I hear him make some of his humorously “off the cuff” comments.* Yet I also recognize that he has an incredible, intelligent staff surrounding him and many supporters from all different faiths and walks of life praying for him every day, despite all the disrespectful and downright demeaning treatment he’s received. Indeed, there is actually so much misinformation from often liberal-leaning mainstream media outlets about our President, which is why I recommend having a look at the following article by Father Frank Pavone, founder of Priests for Life, entitled, “Blowing Apart A Dozen Myths About President Trump” https://www.priestsforlife.org/elections/trump-myths.aspx

In it, Fr. Frank debunks 12 widespread but false claims about President Trump, such as the Charlottesville Lie (see video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=587Nw4sOA44&t=126s), the alleged “Muslim ban,” and the outright lie that President said the corona virus was a hoax, which has been debunked by the media at least eight times, including by outlets that are no friends of the president, such as The Washington Post and CNN  (see article: https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/kamala-harriss-debate-performance-was-shot-through-with-falsehoods). This is why I feel it is so important for people to do their personal research before forming their opinions and to ultimately vote for policies over personalities. For a voter’s guide to help anyone in understanding where the candidates actually stand on all the issues, click here: https://mfv.sfo2.digitaloceanspaces.com/PDF/2020-Presidential-VoterGuide.pdf

Finally, there are multiple Catholic prophesies regarding President Trump, predicting/confirming that God would use/is using this very far-from-perfect man to lead his people, stand up for the most innocent among us, and protect our religious liberty against progressive ideologies and globalist agendas that deny His Existence and Dominion and stand in direct opposition to His Commandments of Love. I describe a few of them in the following YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rvTQLtmb6c

Thank you for taking the time to read through these words and (hopefully) check out these resources! Please keep up all your loving prayers and hidden sacrifices, which are so precious and pleasing to God, and make such a difference in so many hearts and lives! (Truly their fruits and His gratitude, will only be seen and felt in eternity!) Also, feel 100% free to share this email or blog post with family and friends/pastors and priests before the Election, or to reach out to me with any comments, questions, or prayer requests/ways I can pray for you here from Los Angeles!

Above all, even amidst the craziness of these times and divineness of this election season, I exhort you to never lose your inner peace and beautiful smile, by resting in the childlike confidence that no matter who is in office, God is in charge. For in Our Lord’s own words in Meditations: Learning the Divine Will: “…I love you so much that I AM not going to let anything happen to you that will not be the best for you, and I mean anything: nothing in the physical sense, spiritual sense, or by any other creature’s desire, will happen unless it is My Will…” Wow…Now that’s a promise the people can believe in! 🙂

Yours in the Infinite, Intimate, Intense Love, Joy, and Peace of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,

Greg aka “Little Gregory”

Note: You can read the full blog post of the “An Open Letter to My Left-Leaning Catholic Family and Friends”, which was the the basis for the video here:https://liveandliveon.com/2020/05/08/why-im-voting-for-life-an-honest-open-letter-to-my-liberal-catholic-friends/

*Interestingly, you might be surprised to discover that in the first Presidential debate, which was called, Biden actually insulted Trump 24 times and Trump only insulted Biden 7 times. (See video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mgg4KcubODY)

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A Brief Reflection on Religious Life and A Poem of Thanks and Praise

Dear Jesus,

I am so moved with gratitude, even to tears. For You have done it. You have answered my prayer, and fulfilled the desire of my heart, which has been within me for the last year of my life…it is the desire to enter the religious life, indeed, the life of Paradise. And wow…what a life of true peace it is! Yes, all of the free time for silent reflection, spiritual reading, and heartfelt prayer makes it entirely possible, even easy, to consecrate every present moment to You! And Your physical Presence in the Eucharist of the chapel in our house means that I get to quite literally, live with You under Your roof! Though I am miles far from my family, I feel as though the life of Nazareth has truly only begun…and I will take up my place, my song of love, in the company of and constant contact with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! For now that I have closed out all the noise and nonsense of this world, I am safely enclosed in the confines of Your Sacred Heart, and together with You, I can finally and freely focus more fully on my mission for the Church, that is, to pump blood to all its members and indeed to all souls of earth through the graces granted by a life of prayer and sacrifice! Yes, there are still possible distractions, diversions, and dissipations, within and around me, but even the struggle comes with so many graces of confidence in, consolation with, and courage from You, Who are uniting Yourself ever closer and closer to my endlessly enraptured heart! And thus, no matter the temptation or trial, it seems as though that the victory seems always assured! Yes, there are still crosses, but it is as though You are carrying them all with cans even for me, in this blessed intimacy, this oneness we share! And so they are all consumed in the enlivening fires of divine love and so light and sweet they all seem! Yes, even despite the current chaotic state of this world, which will soon pass away, and the wounded state of religious life, which will soon be rectified, my life here has become a perpetual Paradise, an inner love affair, indeed an Unceasing Act of Love! Thank You, Good Lord, for the Grace of my vocation! Thank You, Sweet Lord, for having allowed me to find the pearl of great price, and sell all the passing pleasures and temporal treasures on earth for it! Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the unfathomably beautiful and endlessly blissful gift of the consecrated life, by which even here and now, I begin to live the fullness of eternal life, of Paradise, through, with, and in You!

I love You Jesus! I love You Papa God! I love You Mother Mary! I love You Saint Joseph! Love, Your servant, sinner, soldier, and son…

“Little Gregory” Your Beloved One

Verse: Psalm 37:4: “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will grant you your hearts desire.”

Poem: Thank You Lord!

For every special and sacred space, every foreign and familiar and face, for every perfect and plentiful present-moment grace…

I say, “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Lord!”

For every restful night, every morning delight, for every hour in between, of promising daylight…

For every unutterable goodbye and lighthearted greeting, every long-awaited reunion and unanticipated meeting, for every interaction and encounter, no matter how simple or fleeting…

I say, “Thank You, Thank You, thank You, Thank You, Lord!”

For every family member and friend of old, every inside joke and outdoor adventure yet to unfold, for every human companion and connection, more permanent and precious than pure gold…

I say, “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Lord

For every elementary school student with whom I free ran wild, every nursing home resident to whom I lovingly smiled, for every human being on this earth, man, woman, or child…

I say, “Thank You, Thank You, thank You, Thank You, Lord!”

For every inspiration to prayer, every blessing to share, for every opportunity show forgiveness and forbearance, kindness and care…

For every sacrament and priest, every thorough Confession and cathartic release, for every last bit of inner healing and harmony, forgiveness and freedom, pardon and peace…

I say, “Thank you, thank you, thank You Lord!”

For every heartfelt aspiration, every heavenly inspiration, for every Holy Communion in which our innermost Union brings me to deepest relief and highest elation…

I say, “Thank you, thank you, thank You Lord!”

For every deep wooded forest and soft little flower, every loud thunderstorm and light rain-shower, for every aspect of Creation which manifests Your gentleness and power…

I say, “Thank You, thank You, thank You Lord!”

For every mammal, reptile, insect, and bird, every pack, flock, colony, and herd, for every living creature which comes forth from Your life-giving Word…

I say, “Thank You, thank You, thank You Lord”

For every scenic landscape and luminous star, every nebula, planet, and galaxy, near and far, for every beauty and wonder in the universe that gives a glimpse of all You are…

I say “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Lord!”

For every passing year, every bittersweet tear, for every memory I’ve ever held dear…

I say,  “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Lord!”

Every valley and hill, every boredom and thrill, for every last detail of your Most Holy Will…

I say, “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Lord!

Yes…even for every suffering, sickness, struggle and sorrow, every cross you carry before, beside, and within me and Crucifixion we both undergo, in every moment of yesterday, today, and tomorrow…

For every trial, tribulation, temptation, and test, every doubt, disappointment, discomfort or distress, for every passing pain I embrace by which my soul and countless others will be eternally blessed

For every battle I face, whether victory or defeat, every soul I embrace, whether bitter or sweet, for every chance to overcome myself and love You and others with my every breath and heartbeat

I say, “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Lord!

Because now I see…that experience, from the good and the bad, both celebrations and lamentations, every emotion, from happy and the sad, both consolations and desolations, yes, everything You’ve ever given me was for my sanctification and salvation, my holiness and happiness, my greatest good and Your greater glory!

And even though all eternity will be too short to sing all of your praises, with all those who will glorify You throughout all lands and gases, on this very day, in this humble yet wholehearted way…

Still I say…

“Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Lord!

Quote: from the Diary of St. Faustina, Paragraphs 15-17: “This is how I was accepted. However, for many reasons I still had to remain in the world for more than a year with that pious woman [Aldona Lipszycowa], but I did not go back to my own home. At that time I had to struggle with many difficulties, but God was lavish with His graces. An ever greater longing for God began to take hold of me. The lady, pious as she was, did not understand the happiness of religious life and, in her kindheartedness began to make other plans for my future life. And yet, I sensed that I had a heart so big that nothing would be capable of filling it. And so I turned with all the longing of my soul to God. 16 It was during the octave of Corpus Christi [June 25, 1925]. God filled my soul with the interior light of a deeper knowledge of Him as Supreme Goodness and Supreme Beauty. I came to know how very much God loves me. Eternal is His love for me. It was at vespers — in simple words, which flowed from the heart, I made to God (6) a vow of perpetual chastity. From that moment I felt a greater intimacy with God, my Spouse. From that moment I set up a little cell in my heart where I always kept company with Jesus. 17 At last the time came when the door of the convent was opened for me — it was the first of August [1925], in the evening, the vigil [of the feast] of Our Lady of the Angels. I felt immensely happy; it seemed to me that I had stepped into the life of Paradise. A single prayer was bursting forth from my heart, one of thanksgiving.”

Note: This diary excerpt belongs to the Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the BLV