The Little House Of Prayer
Apostolate of Prayer and Healing
Through the Two Hearts:
Jesus and Mary
"If you cannot understand my silence,
you will not understand my words."
Bulletin: March - April 2021
Our Lord is calling for intercessors in this world, because this is a very critical time.
To answer the call of Our Lord to intercessory prayer is very simple. There is nothing spectacular about it. You should first be willing to live a real life of self denial. It will be very rewarding once you discipline your lives to do it. Set a special time of day aside and choose a special place to pray. Once your certain time has been set aside, you should not allow visitors to interfere with this time you have set aside for God. Give yor intercessory time a number one priority.
Intercession is ministry in itself. We are living in critical times and the Holy Spirit needs you. It is so easy for Satan to divert us from following the way of God, the way that will lead us to eternal life. So many Brothers and Sisters would be brought back to our God if we prayed for the conversion of the world. In fact, the work of the Holy Spirit can only be fulfilled if we join in intercession. God calls us to be intercessors for others. Who can be an intercessor? All of us can. It takes time, practice, patience and perseverance. To pray with the Spirit, one must keep his soul always clean in order to be close to our God. For every soul is the temple of God. Use Jesus as your model to pray in the Spirit. To pray in the Spirit means that our praying is Spirit moved, controlled and motivated by the intense energy of the Divine Spirit. Jesus prayed with the Spirit, but there is no proof that He prayed in tongues. However, He did leave the disciples the gift of tongues so that the
Spirit can take over when the disciples ran out of prayer. At such a time the Spirit takes over in tongues and only the Father knows the meaning of the pleading and praising uttered by the Holy Spirit.
The disciples became men of prayer because they lived in the presence of a Man of Prayer, Jesus. Therefore, live in His presence and you will also become people of prayer. Then you can bring the presence of God to your family, your friends and your prayer group. Go along with a prepared heart and pray in the Holy Spirit. The influence will be felt for praying in the Holy Spirit is infectious. God will use you to stir others, then very soon these others will begin to reach out their hands toward God.
Jesus is our instructor. Yes, do not be afraid. Use Jesus as your model because He indeed lived a life of prayer. Talk to God, Our Father, as you would talk to your earthly father. Have a daily conversation with Him. This is the reason that Jesus' prayers were so direct. Simply because He was talking to His Father.
We too can talk very directly and simply to Our Father, who is in Heaven. For His part, Our Father will hear each child who talks to Him and answers him. In daily talks to the Father, our love for Him will grow and grow and we will be able to express ourselves better and better. In time. a free and easy exchange will be established. God is Our Father, and He knows our needs. When we turn to God the Father in prayer, we should always keep it simple. He is our Father, Our Redeemer, Our Sanctifier, Our Friend.
We must be very childlike with Our Lord if He is to do great things with us. You see, He loves the lowliness of His handmaid. We must also remember to be silent, and listen to Our God. Silence is necessary. It is a way of resting our minds with our God, and also resting in Him. We must make sure to give Him a chance to speak to our heart. We must avoid a one way conversation. In silence, we give Our God His turn to talk to our soul.
Peace Be With You
Bernadette G. Cyr
Prayer is needed for the purification if our Church and the world we live in. That is a daily duty, also to pray and ask forgiveness for insults and injuries committed against the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We should practice penance and sacrifices every day. The Christ crucified brings me to tears, to think that He died for us. I could live a million years or more and I would not understand the Love of our Beloved Jesus crucified, and none of us would.
To examine our soul as we look at Christ crucified, as we look upon the Cross and see Him hanging there, we look at the crown of thorns, we think of how many times we have offended His Sacred Head, the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, the Seat of Wisdom. How many times? We entertain thoughts that are not so good about others, or even try by our thoughts to figure others out.
When we look upon the Cross and we look into His hands we must think of the sins that can be committed by the hands; receiving stolen goods, or even taking the goods of others; touching things we should not, out of the Sacrament of Matrimony, that does not truly belong to us.
When we look upon the Cross and think of the shoulder wounds, did we refuse to be the shoulder to help others shoulder the cross? Were we a good shoulder for them to lean on? Or were we too much on the go for our own things?
When we look upon the Cross and see His pierced side, pierced to the Heart - How many times did we harden our hearts against a Brother and Sister in Christ? Also, how many times did we think to forgive, but our heart is keeping the hurt and really will not let go? Therefore, we pierce the Heart of Jesus Crucified. By this attitude, we also pierce the hearrt of others with a sharp word.
When we look upon the Cross and look at His torn knees, we must think of how many times we fall and delay to pick ourselves up again.
When we look upon the Cross and look at His pierced side, how many times we didn't want to take that extra step to help anyone in need of food, or anything else. How many times did we let out feet bring us in places where we know we will sin if we go there, but nevertheless we let our feet bring us.
The Crucified Christ brings us to the laundry room. It is called the Sacrament of Penance.
Peace Be With You
Bernadette G. Cyr
A Man Suffering With The Love Of Jesus
When Charles was 40 years old, he got hurt in an accident. He hurt his back badly at the Navy Yard. It also affected his legs. He had surgery, but to no end his pain never left him. He had physical therapy to ease the pain in both his back and his legs and to prevent further injury. But the pain would not leave. Charlie had surgery, but to no end his pain never left him.
Also at the age of 40, Charlie had open heart surgery. He found out that his heart was on the wrong side ... it was on the right side of his body. He was one of the first 12 people to go through this surgery. It was something new. Charlie lived 38½ years after this surgery. While still very much in pain, Charlie learned something else from the Maine Medical Center. The medical team of doctors told him he was also born with defective lungs. He was always in pain.
I learned a lot from Charlie. One night when he could not sleep due to pain, he said to me, "Bernadette, you know I learned something with my heart, lung and back conditions. I'm getting much closer to Jesus Christ." I said, "You are?" Charlie said, "When the pain is too severe, I turn to Jesus Christ on the Cross.
How about His pain? There were no pain pills for Jesus." Charlie said this often. "You know it's true. I talk to Jesus and it is the only way I can put up with this pain. And to think that Jesus Christ did this for all of us." Then he paused and said, "Every one of us! When it gets real bad, I offer it for the souls in purgatory and those who have left the faith for them to come back. I offered all my pain as a prayer." Charlie would say his rosary and it was the only way he could go to sleep; with the peace of Mother Mary and her son, Jesus. When people ask, "How do you feel, Charlie?" He would answer, "I'm in good shape for the shape I'm in." Charlie also had cancer on the top of his kidney, melanoma and then he had prostate cancer twice. Our doctor said, "I don't know how he does it. He should have left long ago with his condition.
I just wanted to share this with you. This may help other people who are in pain to turn to Jesus Crucified. On Charlie's death bed, he was still offering his pain. He did not complain. Daily, I ask Charlie to intercede for us all, as he always did, with Jesus and Mary. God loved you, Charlie and so do we!
St. Joseph was Charlie's Patron saint. Charlie's funeral was held on the Feast of St. Joseph. The Holy Family welcomed him home!
Peace Be With You
Bernadette G. Cyr, T.O.P.
March 15th marked the 9th anniversary of Charlie's journey home to Heaven. We know that he is watching over us and intercedes for us. One day we will all see Charlie again as he welcomes us at the door of Heaven. But, in the meantime, we must continue to spread the Good News of the Lord.
Charlie, we love and miss you!
Trust In God
"Have I not told you that I will walk by your side until the end of time? Have I not told you to bring all your problems to My Father, big or small, and leave them there? If you worry about them, then you are talking with a false tongue. To leave your problem with the Father is not to worry about them.
Have I not told you that where you shall go, I shall be? Have I not told you only one thing is needed in this world, to love the Mystical Body of Christ in your Brothers and Sisters? Yes, only one thing ... to Love, Love, Love. Have I not told you to come to Me when you are tired and weary and I will give you rest? Have I not told you that this world will soon pass you by, but I will remain for always? Have I not told you that you are but a vessel of clay, pliable, bending to the Will of God? Have I not told you to strive hard to be Holy and set a good example always? Have I not asked you to set your will aside?
Food For Thought
"Be with Me, praise and serve Me. Offer to Me your little sacrifices. Do not be afraid. Draw your strength from My Love".
Let Us Pray For Our Priests
O my Jesus, I beg you on behalf of the whole Church; Grant it love and the light of Your Spirit, and give power to the words of priests so that hardened hearts might be brought to repentance and return to You, O Lord. Lord, give us holy priests; You yourself maintain them in holiness. O Divine and Great High Priest, may the power of Your mercy accompany them everywhere and protect them from the devil's traps and snares which are continually being set for the souls of priests. May the power of Your mercy, O Lord, shatter and bring to naught all that might tarnish the sanctity of priests, for You can do all things. Amen
From the Diary of Sister Faustina (Page 1042)
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