Friar’s Corner: Fight the darkness with spiritual weapons

FbHilzphotoRev 7:2-4, 9-14; Ps 24:1bc-6  1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5: 1-12a

 Holy Spirit, guide our minds and prayers for your victory.

November is a special month at the end of our church year. We begin the month with the Solemn Feast of All Saints. We have many saints in heaven over the last 2,000 years in the church plus all of the Old Testament. Many of those saints have officially been canonized by the church over time. Now it is a long process. On the Feast of All Saints I think of all those people who have made it to heaven who will never be officially canonized. I think of my parents and others in my own family. You can do the same. Amen.

As I watch the news and read some newspapers and emails, I see we all have grave concerns of what is happening to our country and the world. The attacks are growing stronger on our church, the clergy, our families, young adults and our children. We can get angry, confused and frightened. What can we do about it? Especially, I am concerned about the Muslim terrorists. When I awoke a few days ago, my mind was lead to ask a favor of all of you.

Our God has been sending various messengers to our planet asking us to do certain things. We can think of Fatima, 98 years ago during World War 1. Then there was World War II. Now we seem to be in World War III in the Middle East and Europe. Has God given us an answer to this crisis? I believe he has. No reasoning will work with this latest satanic attack. But Jesus appeared to St. Faustina in Poland in the early 1930s with wonderful messages for us.

Jesus reminded us that his love for us all was most important. St. Paul told us in Ephesians 1:3: "Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has bestowed on us in Christ, every spiritual blessing in the heavens." The Mass makes Jesus present every day all over the world as Jesus multiplies himself to feed us. He is the true bread that comes down from heaven to feed us, John 6. It is our most important and most powerful prayer.

I don’t want to go over all that Jesus directed St. Faustina to tell us. You can get that from the Marian Press website at: www.marian.org. We can sing it at 3 p.m. with EWTN if we are not at work. After the Mass, Jesus said the most important time to pray is at 3 p.m., the hour Jesus died on the cross. "I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those would who trust in my mercy (St. Faustina’s diary, #687.)

Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My Will, (1731). Jesus gave us this "new rosary," the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. It only takes five minutes to say on ordinary rosary beads. The prayers are directed directly to Jesus begging him to pour out his mercy on those for whom we are praying. YouTube shows some of the conversion stories that have already happened. Jesus is converting Moslems all over the world. Yet Jesus is converting Moslems all over the world. Yet we need those terrorists stopped now.

When you pray this for this intention, do not verbalize it externally so that the demons would know what you are praying the Chaplet for. Do it mentally protected with the Blood of Jesus. There are a few introductory prayers. On the Our Father bead you pray: "Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and the conversion of all Moslem terrorists.“ On each decade with the small beads pray: "For the sake of his sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on those terrorists.” After the 5 decades, conclude with: "Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world." So with this chaplet Jesus is giving us direct access to himself. We don’t have to ask the intercession of various saints. We go right to Jesus. Amen!

I beg all of you to pray the chaplet every day and get as many of your family and friends to do the same. We can also pray for the conversion of our own country. Prayer is our most powerful weapon. Mary has told us that prayer can stop wars. So we pray with her for these intentions.

Amen!
+ Fr. Bob Hilz
(© 2015 Fr. Bob Hilz)

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About Nancy Ward

Nancy HC Ward is a journalist, author, and speaker who blogs about Catholicism, her conversion, and Christian community at JoyAlive.net,
 7 websites and 7 magazines. She loves to share her faith story and help others share theirs through her Sharing Your Faith Stories seminars, also available on DVD. She contributed four chapters to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion. She facilitates the Dallas/Fort Worth Catholic Writers and a critique group for the Catholic Writers Guild, where she serves as a board member.
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