This podcast episode focuses on how should we respond to the current crisis in the church. We must keep focused on Jesus and our mission.
There are some practical things we should all be doing and also discussed are some ways that are maybe not effective in achieving the desired results.
The featured saint of this episode is the Blessed Mother, under the title “Our Lady of Good Success.”
Quotes from the apparitions of Mary in Quito, Ecuador:
- “The Sacred Sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed, oppressed and despised. …The demon will try to persecute the Ministers of the Lord in every possible way and he will labor with cruel and subtle astuteness to deviate them from the spirit of their vocation, corrupting many of them. These corrupted priests, who will scandalize the Christian people, will incite the hatred of the bad Christians and the enemies of the Roman, Catholic and Apostolic Church to fall upon all priests. This apparent triumph of Satan will bring enormous sufferings to the good Pastors of the Church….”
- “But know, beloved daughter, that when your name is made known in the 20th century, there will be many who will not believe, claiming that this devotion is not pleasing to God…A simple humble faith in the truth of My apparitions to you, My child, will be reserved for humble and fervent souls docile to the inspirations of grace, for Our Heavenly Father communicates His secrets to the simple of heart, and not to those whose hearts are inflated with pride, pretending to know what they do not, or self-satisfied with empty knowledge.”
I don’t have a solution, but I hope these tips for dealing with the crisis on a personal level are helpful to you.
A poem from Mother Mariana to whom the Blessed Mother Appeared:
O delight of my love, Jesus of my soul!
Why leavest me Thou in such bitter pain?
Like a lonely dove do I weep
In the midst of a night so laden of grief.
There in the depths of my vibrant love
I find no peace nor the least repose.
Oh! Do return and stay with me,
O heavenly Spouse of my soul!
If it is Thy justice that my guilt thus claims,
I, already humbled, thy pardon implore,
And, becoming one with the earth’s dust, I thee adore,
O fine Lover of this heart that reveres thee!
Thou hast placed in my soul this emptiness.
My life is but a cemetery vast,
Where Thou my love has buried deeply,
Thy memory, Thy beauty and Thy goodness past.
And though by the light of my ardent faith,
Thy goodness immense I thus ascertain,
My soul is parched like a withered flower,
Lacking, as it does, Thy life-giving rain.
Just then a beautiful hope is felt,
Like a messenger of that divine love,
Hastenly comes toward me,
To give me heart in my bitter sorrow.
O Fire of Charity, my hidden God!
My soul is ablaze in thy ardor divine.
Neither my sorrows nor Thine apparent forgetfulness,
Can estrange me from Thou Who art mine.
In a bed of sorrows prostrate I live,
Waiting for the charity of my daughters,
O Thou who sharest the same roof,
Bless all whom thou so much lovest.
And when free from this burdensome body,
My happy soul to Thee will take flight,
Open then for me, my beloved,
The doors of Thy mansion of heavenly delight.
So then, Mother of Fair Love!
O my beautiful and heavenly Mary!
Thine own self my soul present,
To my beloved and heavenly Spouse.
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