Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Q&A: On the Brown Scapular, the Rosary, Priestly blessings etc. -- With some profitable advices for Spiritual Advancement and Perfection

Question: “if i cant find a [non-heretical] priest, can i wear the brown scapular anyway?”

Answer: Yes you should wear the Brown Scapular, and preferably also a Miraculous Medal, a Saint Benedict Medal (often incorporated in the Brown Scapular as a small medal) and the other most popular scapulars, such as green and blue and red. One can buy five peace scapulars, or whatever they are called.

Wearing the Brown Scapular is part of the Fatima message, along with praying the Rosary every day.

The Fatima Message:

Please listen to this important audiobook that has an outstanding section on how to pray and meditate on the Rosary:

The Rosary and Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is the weapon given us in the last days to save ourselves, according to Sister Lucia. Never give up the Rosary! The Hail Mary prayer and meditations in the Rosary gives tremendous graces.

Note: You don't have to pray the Rosary in order to say the Hail Mary prayer. Say the Hail Mary (and Our Father etc.) frequently during the day with the intention of pleasing Our Lady and honoring Her.

The more you protect yourself, the better. And if we have no Catholic priest to bless our sacramentals (rosaries, scapulars etc.) (or any priest we in good conscience can approach for such things even if we don't agree on everything), we can have faith that God gives us the same protection anyway. Remember, God is served by faith, and if we believe, we will receive. Often kiss the Brown Scapular with Devotion, since it is indulgenced 500 days to do so. Also kiss the Rosary and Crucifixes and show devotion to Our Lord and Our Lady. If you desire them and seek them constantly during the day, you will find them and find them quicker; whereas on the other hand, if you desire the world, you will loose your soul – unless a miracle of conversion happens before death.

Follow up question

Question: “okay. should I be doing the 15 decades everyday? I've been doing two full Rosary prayers daily and three on Sunday”

Answer: Yes you should give as much of your time, prayer, desire, love and good will as possible to God and the Blessed Virgin. If you do so, you will experience a greater intimacy with them than before, since if you approach them with all you have and give it to them, they will give themselves to you.

Similarly, if you divide yourself, wasting yourself on watching media and doing other worldly things and distracting yourself, giving yourself more to others, then will the fervor and love you feel be less towards them, and consequently, they will reveal their presence in a lesser degree to you.

The more you desire and search for them, the more will there be a connection between you in prayer and meditation. For this reason, look with fervor and devotion at all religious objects, such as their images and honor them!
Just make a test: deny yourself all distractions for one day -- or at least, all voluntary ones -- and go to them in prayer with the desire to find them and be more intimate with them, and you will notice that your fervor and union with God will be much stronger.
Even if you just deny yourself something small for love of them, and then think of them, saying: “For love of you, O Jesus (God, Blessed Virgin etc.) I deny myself this consolation”, you may experience a greater happiness and fervor; and a greater intimacy in prayer afterwards.

As a Catholic, one should not care too much about “feelings” or determine one’s spiritual life after them, but being weak humans as we are, we do need to feel consolations from somewhere. Therefore, prefer to search for consolations, pleasures and delights from God: and it will be granted to you; as Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows explained happened to him after he had entered religion (and denying himself) for the love of God and Our Lady:


Say often during the day: “All that I shall do today, or tonight, I shall do for the love of God, so that all my actions may be actions of love. I unite myself today, or tonight, with all the acts of love made to God, both in heaven and on earth.”

Say quite often during the day, when you commence to do something, were it only moving a chair, opening or shutting a door, or any other action, “For love of Thee, Jesus and Mary.” When you have to suffer anything say, “I want to suffer it for the love of Jesus and Mary, just as Jesus and Mary has suffered all for love of me.”

Related article:

Fr.Paul of Moll advices us to say these short but fervent prayers everyday:

“Unite yourself often with God through love, at your morning and evening prayer, and say, ‘I shall do everything for the love of God that all my actions may be acts of love.’ Ask for that love through the intercession of Mary. Suffer and endure everything for the love of Jesus, as Jesus has suffered everything for love of us.
“I wish you an ardent love for God, it is the richest and most beautiful treasure you can wish or desire. All other treasures will disappear like smoke; but the treasure of love shall remain forever in heaven.
“Ask God for this beautiful treasure, for it must come from Him; men cannot procure it for you. For this reason often ask God for a heart of love that you may love Him ever more and more, and like a child of love. Add to your morning and evening prayers, “All that I shall do today, or tonight, I shall do for the love of God, so that all my actions may be actions of love. I unite myself today, or tonight, with all the acts of love made to God, both in heaven and on earth.”
“Say quite often during the day, when you commence to do something, were it only moving a chair, opening or shutting a door, or any other action, “For love of Thee, Jesus.”
When you have to suffer anything say, “I want to suffer it for the love of Jesus, just as Jesus has suffered all for love of me.” (Fr. Paul of Moll, Letters of Fr. Paul of Moll (Part 3): https://archive.org/details/TheVeryRevFatherPaulOfMoll)

He also said: “A good means of avoiding a long stay in purgatory is to die entirely resigned to the holy will of God. … A lady had met her death in a terrible railway collision near Ghent. Father Paul said that her soul has gone straight to heaven because, at the last moment, the lady cried out, “Lord, may Thy will be done.”

St. Alphonsus Liguori (c. 1760): “Say also, every day, three ‘Our Fathers’ and three ‘Hail Marys’ in honor of the Most Holy Trinity, for the graces bestowed upon Mary. The Blessed Virgin once revealed that this devotion is very pleasing to her.”

“A young girl from Scheepsdaele complained to Father Paul that she had very little time for her devotions, and even the few prayers she did say were said with many distractions. “Oh! in that case,” Father Paul replied, “you can remedy the matter by saying, in the evening, ‘May all my imperfections of this day be changed into perfections!’”

Affectionate Salutations to Mary By Fr. Paul of Moll

I greet thee, Mary, Daughter of God the Father.
I greet thee, Mary, Mother of the Son of God.
I greet thee, Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit.
I greet thee, Mary, Temple of the Blessed Trinity.
I greet thee, Mary, white Lily of the resplendent Trinity.
I greet thee, Mary, fragrant Rose of the heavenly court.
I greet thee, Mary, Virgin full of meekness and humility, of whom the King of heaven willed to be born and nourished by thy milk.
I greet thee, Mary, Virgin of virgins.
I greet thee, Mary, Queen of martyrs, whose soul was pierced by the sword of sorrows.
I greet thee, Mary, Lady and Mistress, to whom all power has been given in heaven and on earth.
I greet thee, Mary, Queen of my heart, my sweetness, my life and all my hope.
I greet thee, Mary, Mother most amiable.
I greet thee, Mary, Mother most admirable.
I greet thee, Mary, Mother of beautiful love.
I greet thee, Mary, conceived without sin.
I greet thee, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women, and blessed be the fruit of thy womb.
Blessed be thy spouse Saint Joseph.
Blessed be thy father Saint Joachim.
Blessed be thy mother Saint Ann.
Blessed be thy angel Saint Gabriel.
Blessed be the Eternal Father who hath chosen thee.
Blessed be thy Son who hath loved thee.
Blessed be the Holy Ghost who hath espoused thee.
May all those who love thee bless thee.
O Blessed Virgin, bless us all in the name of thy dear Son. Amen.

The venerable Father Paul assured one of his friends, that those who devoutly venerate Mary with these affectionate salutations may rely on her powerful protection and blessing.

Once, whilst giving a copy of these Salutations to a girl from Eecloo, Father Paul said to her, "These Salutations are so beautiful! Say them every morning. From on high, in heaven, the Blessed Virgin will then give you her blessing. "Yes, yes, would to God that you could see her! The Blessed Virgin blesses you then; I know it quite well." He said further that it is impossible not to be heard favorably when we recite these Salutations to Mary for the conversion of sinners. 

Prayer for All Things Necessary for Salvation

O My God, I believe in Thee; Do Thou strengthen my faith. All my hopes are in Thee; Do Thou secure them. I love Thee with my whole heart; teach me to love Thee daily more and more. I am sorry that I have offended Thee, do Thou increase my sorrow.
I adore Thee as my first beginning, I aspire after Thee as my last end. I give Thee thanks as my constant benefactor; I call upon Thee as my sovereign protector.
Vouchsafe, O my God, to conduct me by Thy wisdom, to restrain me by Thy justice, to comfort me by Thy mercy, to defend me by Thy power.
To Thee, I desire to consecrate all my thoughts, words, actions and sufferings; that henceforward I may think only of Thee, speak of Thee, refer all my actions to Thy greater glory, and suffer willingly, whatever Thou shall appoint.
Lord, I desire that in all things, Thy will may be done, because it is Thy will, and the manner that Thou willest.
I beg of Thee, to enlighten my understanding, To inflame my heart, to purify my body, and to sanctify my soul.
Give me strength, O my God, to expiate my offenses, to overcome my temptations, to subdue my passions, and to acquire the virtues proper in my state of life.
Fill my heart, with tender affection, for Thy goodness, hatred of my faults, love of my neighbour, and contempt of the world.
Let me always, remember to be submissive to my superiors, condescending to my inferiors, faithful to my friends and charitable to my enemies.
Assist me to overcome sensuality by mortification, avarice by alms deeds, anger by meekness, and tepidity by devotion.
O my God, make me prudent in my undertakings, courageous in dangers, patient in affliction, and humble in prosperity.
Grant that I may be ever attentive at my prayers, temperate at my meals, diligent at my employments, and constant in my resolutions.
Let my conscience be ever upright, and pure, my exterior modest, my conversation edifying and my comportment regular.
Assist me, that I may continually labour to overcome nature, to correspond with Thy grace, to keep Thy commandments, and to work out my salvation.
Discover to me, O my God, the nothingness of this world, the greatness of heaven, the shortness of time, and the length of eternity.
Grant that I may prepare for death, that I may fear Thy judgment, escape hell and in the end obtain Heaven, through Jesus Christ, my Lord.


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