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Eleison Comments - A Convert Today Part II (no. 608)
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  • Number DCVIII (608)
    March 9, 2019
    Convert Today – II
    ”Where there’s a will to Heaven, there’s a way.”
    And Benedict says to Christians, “Work and pray.”

    Dear young friend,
    Congratulations on having received from God important graces of conversion which give you a fighting chance of saving your soul for eternity! For you may fall by the wayside like any of the rest of us (I Cor. X, 12) on the narrow path leading to Heaven (Mt. VII, 14), but if you want to get to Heaven, then with the grace of God you will do so, despite anything that the world, the flesh and the Devil can throw at you. For make no mistake, you and I are alive and Catholics in order to save our souls by loving God and by loving our neighbour as ourselves. On these two Commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets, yesterday, today and tomorrow, down to world’s end. Not even the modern world changes such basics.
    Therefore today’s situation of Church and world may appear more frightening than ever, but you need not let yourself be frightened. “For I am sure,” cries out St Paul “that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus Our Lord.” (Rom. VIII, conclusion). However, there is one thing that can separate us from God, and which fills Hell with the damned souls of the majority of human beings that ever lived or will live (Mt. VII, 13), and that is – sin. Therefore whatever else you do, “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil. II, 12), because the prospect of eternal damnation is too horrible to think of, and keep constantly in front of your mind the Four Last Things: Death, Judgement, Hell and Heaven. And stay close, wherever reasonably possible, to the Sacraments, especially Confession and Mass, so as to be living regularly in the state of grace.
    In this connection, to save our souls Our Lady knows that modern times do make Catholic life difficult, so she has given us a special remedy – the Five First Saturdays. Find out all about them, in all their detail, especially by means of this flyer, and then do them as soon and as faithfully as possible, because any Catholic who knows about them and does not pick up on Our Lady’s offer of this easiest possible means of salvation, needs to have his head examined. Her offer is too generous to be true? No, She knows exactly what you yourself have learned the hard way, namely that today’s atheistic materialism, lies and corruption, excessive comfort and freedom, do all act as obstacles between her human children and her divine Son, so here is Her answer. By doing exactly what She asks, you will also be doing the most you can to obtain for the Pope the grace to consecrate Russia to Her Heart, which is the God-given key to unlocking today’s universal troubles.
    Meantime on the supernatural level, use the time presently available to you to pray and study. Pray as many as you can each day of the 15 Mysteries of the Rosary, the next greatest prayer to Mass, and study everything that you can lay your hands on said and written by Archbishop Lefebvre, God’s own guide through this unprecedented Church crisis. Read also any other Catholic books (from before the 1960’s) which catch your interest. Dutiful but uninteresting books will not give you as much. Likewise exploit, but beware of, the Internet, where treasures are surrounded by traps. By all means meet a variety of Catholic priests and learn from each of them, but not to the point where you would get confused. Visit communities, and stay as long as you are welcome in any surroundings where you find God.
    And lastly, on the natural level, by all means look for honest work if you find that as a man you are getting out of balance without it, but avoid committing yourself long-term until you are sure that you have found God’s will for you. By the same token, treat the girls chivalrously and avoid choosing a wife until you have found your life’s work. A wise girl hangs back from a man who has not yet found his work.
    And may God bless you, and His Mother protect you. Vaya con Dios!
    Kyrie eleison.
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    Re: Eleison Comments - A Convert Today Part II (no. 608)
    « Reply #1 on: March 09, 2019, 10:49:31 AM »
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  • But what about advice for the majority of the Resistance who do not have access to a Resistance priest on a regular basis, let alone Five First Saturdays?


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    Re: Eleison Comments - A Convert Today Part II (no. 608)
    « Reply #2 on: March 09, 2019, 11:05:26 AM »
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  • Nice EC. This is why I like Bishop Williamson. Good, solid, practical helpful advice, in both natural matters and the supernatural realm. Our Lady promised perseverance to those who will pray the Rosary daily and faithfully, especially 15 decades. And the First Five Saturdays is a wonderful gift from Our Lady, and among the simplest and easiest way to save our souls and that of all our loved ones! We can complete it once for ourself, then do so indefinitely many times, for all our family, friends and neighbors. In 5 years, we can do so for 12 people. And so on. Imagine if we all did so as a family of 5 to 10 people. Then as parishes of 100+ people. A simple effective way in which all of us - simply by praying the Rosary, meditating on its mysteries, going to Mass after Confession and receiving Holy Communion - help contribute to the salvation of 1000s of souls, and our own! The advice on job and marriage also is very good.

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    But what about advice for the majority of the Resistance who do not have access to a Resistance priest on a regular basis, let alone Five First Saturdays?

    Well, if one has access to the SSPX, maybe one should consider going there, at least for the Saturdays. If one wants to listen to several sermons from Resistance Priests to compensate for simply attending Mass in an SSPX chapel/parish, one can listen to dozens on youtube or such after coming back home. But Mass is irreplaceable and staying home when a TLM is available is a mistake, imho.
    Do make Acts of Consecration to the Twin Hearts, Spiritual Offerings of the Precious Blood of Jesus in Union with the Holy Mass, like in St. Gertrude's Chaplet, along with Spiritual Communions at least every hour. The Saints say Spiritual Communions are a way to quickly advance to Union with God.

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    Re: Eleison Comments - A Convert Today Part II (no. 608)
    « Reply #3 on: March 09, 2019, 12:15:45 PM »
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  • XavierSem,
    You can’t do the 5 first Saturdays for someone else.  Not sure where you heard that but you could only do it out of charity, not in fact.  Our Lady would surely give them graces but not to the same degree as if they had done the reparation themselves.  

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    Re: Eleison Comments - A Convert Today Part II (no. 608)
    « Reply #4 on: March 09, 2019, 03:39:34 PM »
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  • XavierSem,
    You can’t do the 5 first Saturdays for someone else.  Not sure where you heard that but you could only do it out of charity, not in fact.  Our Lady would surely give them graces but not to the same degree as if they had done the reparation themselves.  

    I'm sure the answer can be found in one of the dozens of pseudo-revelations to which Xavier gives credence.


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    Re: Eleison Comments - A Convert Today Part II (no. 608)
    « Reply #5 on: March 09, 2019, 11:29:01 PM »
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  • Encouraging children right from their youth to make reparation to Jesus and Mary, out of love for God, and to offer up acts of reparation on behalf of their friends, out of love for neighbor, is among the best and most profitable things that cane be done for their soul imho. What St. Montfort says about total consecration may be helpful to understand how what we offer for others can be beneficial for them; if we offer Our Lord or Our Lady all the fruits of our works, or some particular work, that they may be applied to others, Our Lady will take the satisfactory value of those prayers and sacrifices and apply it to gaining graces for them. The more devotion and love with which we complete the task prescribed, the more efficacious grace we will draw down on them. It's up to us if we want to do so or not. This is the great double Novena, of 9 First Fridays and 9 First Saturdays together, approved by the Church, where the Lord Himself explained the principle that Parents especially can help ensure the salvation of their children, by making this 9 month novena for them: "If parents or other members of a family make this novena, no member of that family will be condemned to Hell." The same principle applies to offering it for one's other family members and friends, "The sinners will be converted without difficulty, even though somebody else makes this novena for them." Please see: http://lapieta.tripod.com/dnov_ena.html This revelation is judged worthy of credence by the Church and you'll find it in old prayer books. Also found on this site: https://sites.google.com/site/doublegreatnovena/the-33-promises

    Do make Acts of Consecration to the Twin Hearts, Spiritual Offerings of the Precious Blood of Jesus in Union with the Holy Mass, like in St. Gertrude's Chaplet, along with Spiritual Communions at least every hour. The Saints say Spiritual Communions are a way to quickly advance to Union with God.

     

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