Need Help With Your Prayers?

Flies on the wall have all the fun. Imagine being present in the Upper Room during the period between the Ascension and Pentecost. Nine intense days of prayer, and then an explosion of power that makes the atom bomb look like a fizzle.

According to Scripture:

They went up to the upper room where they were staying; that is, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.

I wish I could’ve been there. I imagine the apostles, one-by-one or as a group, going to the Blessed Virgin and saying something along the lines of:

“Hail, Mary, mother of Jesus Who is the Christ! We have heard the story you tell of the Annunciation, and we proclaim with the archangel Gabriel that you are indeed full of grace! The Lord is with you! There has never been another woman like you, and never shall there be! We, the apostles of Jesus Christ, recognize that our apostolate is rooted in your “fiat”! You are holy, and because of this you merited to bear the Incarnate Son of God, blessed be His Holy Name!

Mary, you whom Jesus gave to John the beloved disciple as his mother, and who therefore are by extension the mother of all of us who believe, we ask you now to pray for us – we are sinners. God will hear your prayers. Ask Him to send us the Comforter Who was promised to us. Ask Him to provide the Power to go out and make disciples of all nations. Ask Him to give us all that we need to bear witness to His resurrection.”

And she did.

And the rest, as they say, is His-Story. The Church recognizes the nine days that the apostles spent in prayer with the Blessed Virgin as the first novena. The world is still reeling from God’s answer to that prayer.

So if you feel like your prayers aren’t going any farther than the ceiling, try bringing in the big guns. EWTN has many novenas you can pray for your intentions. Entrust those intentions to the Mother of God, who always prays in perfect conformity to the will of God.

And then stand back….


On the solemnity of Pentecost

Deo omnis gloria!

  1. pantacrator said:

    Indeed the world is still “reeling” . Amen!

  2. Mrk said:

    Not sure on your word choice. First, it’s either Faith Alone or Faith + ?. Second, “separated brethren” sounds nice, but according to your catechism, we can’t be save outside your church. So what kind of brethren is that? The door swings both ways, So I’m sure I’d face the same scrutiny as your daughter does, if I attended a Catholic univeristy.

    • Welcome back, Mrk!

      As I am sure you know, it is not “Faith Alone or Faith + ?” It is justification by faith ALONE or justification by faith. The Bible teaches justification by faith. This is the Catholic teaching as well. Faith ALONE is a 16th-century invention. This is why I refer to the popular Protestant belief as “faith ALONE” – to distinguish it from the biblical “faith,” because it is a deviation from the teaching of the apostles. Martin Luther had to add a word to Scripture to make his novel doctrine clear, for he knew that the only place in Scripture where the word “faith” appears next to the word “alone” is in James 2:24 – By works a man is justified, and not by faith alone.

      “Separated brethren” not only sounds nice – it is the official teaching of the Church. Yes, we believe that “outside the Church there is no salvation,” but you believe that, too! A person HAS TO be a part of the body of Christ, the Church, in order to be saved! The Church teaches that all those who have received a Trinitarian baptism are members of the body of Christ. Since you reject the authority of the pope, you are one of our “separated” brethren, but you are my brother all the same! This is not just a pleasantry – it is a biblical fact. As the Catechism says:

      “The sole Church of Christ [is that] which our Savior, after his Resurrection, entrusted to Peter’s pastoral care, commissioning him and the other apostles to extend and rule it. . . . This Church, constituted and organized as a society in the present world, subsists in (subsistit in) the Catholic Church, which is governed by the successor of Peter and by the bishops in communion with him.”267

      The Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism explains: “For it is through Christ’s Catholic Church alone, which is the universal help toward salvation, that the fullness of the means of salvation can be obtained. It was to the apostolic college alone, of which Peter is the head, that we believe that our Lord entrusted all the blessings of the New Covenant, in order to establish on earth the one Body of Christ into which all those should be fully incorporated who belong in any way to the People of God.”268
      Wounds to unity

      817 In fact, “in this one and only Church of God from its very beginnings there arose certain rifts, which the Apostle strongly censures as damnable. But in subsequent centuries much more serious dissensions appeared and large communities became separated from full communion with the Catholic Church – for which, often enough, men of both sides were to blame.”269 The ruptures that wound the unity of Christ’s Body – here we must distinguish heresy, apostasy, and schism270 – do not occur without human sin:

      Where there are sins, there are also divisions, schisms, heresies, and disputes. Where there is virtue, however, there also are harmony and unity, from which arise the one heart and one soul of all believers.271
      818 “However, one cannot charge with the sin of the separation those who at present are born into these communities [that resulted from such separation] and in them are brought up in the faith of Christ, and the Catholic Church accepts them with respect and affection as brothers . . . . All who have been justified by faith in Baptism are incorporated into Christ; they therefore have a right to be called Christians, and with good reason are accepted as brothers in the Lord by the children of the Catholic Church.”272

      819 “Furthermore, many elements of sanctification and of truth”273 are found outside the visible confines of the Catholic Church: “the written Word of God; the life of grace; faith, hope, and charity, with the other interior gifts of the Holy Spirit, as well as visible elements.”274 Christ’s Spirit uses these Churches and ecclesial communities as means of salvation, whose power derives from the fullness of grace and truth that Christ has entrusted to the Catholic Church. All these blessings come from Christ and lead to him,275 and are in themselves calls to “Catholic unity.”276

      As paragraph 818 plainly states: All who have been justified by faith in Baptism are incorporated into Christ; they therefore have a right to be called Christians, and with good reason are accepted as brothers in the Lord by the children of the Catholic Church.

      So, if you attended a Catholic school, you could charge anyone there who accused you of not being a Christian with disobeying the teaching of the Church! Protestants truly are our brethren – the Church says so! Unfortunately, many Protestants doubt that we are Christians. I hope you are not one of them.

      Thank you for giving me the opportunity to explain that! 🙂

  3. pantacrator said:

    the other issue regarding the nuns who said they never read scriptures- Didn’t they pray the Liturgy of the Hours? If they were an obedient nun, then at least 4 times a day they would stop and pray the LOTH which is filled to the brim with Scripture. These stories are obviously false .

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