Beginning Eucharistic Adoration with Guests: Teresa Gooding and Marika Zimmerman

What can you do to fight the suffocating plague of indifference and immorality? Eucharist Adoration!! Guests Teresa Gooding and Marika Zimmerman share the details on how to get started. What is Eucharistic Adoration and how does one go about doing this? What if your parish doesn’t have Eucharistic Adoration? How would you go about setting it up? What do the Popes say about spending time with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament? What did some of our Carmelite Saints think about it? There are many reasons to begin Eucharistic Adoration, not the least coming from Scripture. The benefits pay off in Heavenly dividends! It’s good to start developing a love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in our young people today, to help them become spiritually strong and virtuous.

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RESOURCES:

Scripture passages:
Lk. 24:29, Mt. 28:20, Jn 6:51, Jn 6:40, Jn 15:4, Mt. 26:40, Mt. 11:28, and 1 Pt 5:7

Catechism of the Catholic Church: CCC #2096, #2628

Books:
“Bread of Heaven: A Treasury of Carmelite Prayers and Devotions on the Eucharist” Compiled by Penny Hickey, OCDS; Christian Classics.
“Eucharistic Colloquies” by Mother Maria Candida of the Eucharist, Discalced Carmelite (1884-1949); Edizioni Feeria – Edizioni OCD.
“7 Secrets of the Eucharist” by Vinny Flynn; MercySong Ignatius.
“Manual for Eucharistic Adoration” by the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration; Tan Books.
“Meditations for Eucharistic Adoration” by Elizabeth Ficocelli; Paulist Press.
“20 Holy Hours” by Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey SS.CC.; St. Paul Books and Media.

Articles:
“John Paul II and the Blessed Sacrament” by Jason Evert.
“The Spirituality of St. Teresa of Avila Applied to the Five Marks of the Norbertine Order”
“The History of Eucharistic Adoration: Development of Doctrine in the Catholic Church” by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

Encyclicals:
“Mane Nobiscum Domine” (“Stay with us Lord”) by Pope John Paul II, 2004.
“Ecclesia de Eucharistia” (“The Church from the Eucharist”) by Pope John Paul II, 2003.
“Dominicae Cenae” (“The Mystery and Worship of the Eucharist”) by Pope John Paul II, 1980.
“Mysterium Fidei” (“The Mystery of Faith”) by Pope Paul VI, 1965.
“Mirae Caritatis” (“Mirror of Charity”) by Pope Leo XIII, 1902.

Websites:
www.catholicnewsagency.com for article on “24 Reasons for Spending a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament”

benefits_of_holy_hour.pdf for article on “Over 100 Benefits of Eucharistic Adoration”

www.usccb.org “The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops.”

eucharistic-devotion on Eucharistic Devotion and Holy Hours.

perpetual-expositon-of-the-blessed-sacrament.cfm on Perpetual Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

www.therealpresence.org on the Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration

A Reflection on Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation has rightly been called by a number of names, including confession, the Sacrament of forgiveness, and the Sacrament of healing. It is less well known by what is perhaps its most important name, and its most important benefit, and that is the Sacrament of conversion. In this conversation on the Sacrament, Mark and Frances explore the historical context, benefits and means of preparation. They discuss how God not only wants to grant us His forgiveness and Mercy for our failings and our sin, but He wants to use that very weakness of our nature to bring about our conversion, purification and transformation into His Son, Jesus Christ. The most important aspect for our participation in this process is a continual and ever more challenging examination of our own behavior and even our very thoughts. Here Mark and Frances share three separate means of conducting such an examination, and they demonstrate how the process begins with looking at ourselves externally, turning to our interaction with our neighbor and then returning again to look at ourselves in a much deeper, spiritual and more interior way. This is an important topic and hopefully motivation for many of us to return to and enrich our experience of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Conversion.
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RESOURCES
Documents:
“Merciful Like the Father” for 24 Hours for the Lord from the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization:
http://www.im.va/content/dam/gdm/documenti/pdfvari/24HoursForTheLord.pdf

“A Brief Examination of Conscience” Based on the Ten Commandments:
http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/upload/Examination-of-Conscience.pdf

Examination of Conscience According to the Seven Vices
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/98280351/CSMP%20-%20Toolbox%20for%20Website/TBW_Examination%20of%20Conscience.pdf

Examination of Conscience Recalling Relationships with God and Others
http://www.loyolapress.com/an-examination-of-conscience.htm

Examination of Conscience According to the Three Theological Virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity
http://www.ewtn.com/library/SPIRIT/EXAMCONS.TXT

Examination of Conscience According to the Precepts of the Church
http://www.beginningcatholic.com/precepts-of-the-catholic-church.html

Examination of Conscience Using the Nine Ways of Being an Accessory to Another’s Sin

The 9 Ways of Being an Accessory to Another’s Sin

Examination of Conscience for Priests and Religious
http://www.thelightisonforyou.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/TheLightIsOnForYou_ExaminationForReligiousAndPriests.pdf

Examination of Conscience and Catholic Doctrine
https://www.newmanconnection.com/ccwatershed/Examination.pdf

Examination of Conscience Based on the Beatitudes
http://www.johnpaul2center.org/JohnPaulIICenter/LayFormation/AdultFormation/SeasonofMercyFaithFormationRes/Beatitudes_EC.pdf

Comprehensive Examination of Conscience Based on the Twelve Virtues
http://www.catholicapologetics.info/thechurch/sacraments/adults.htm

Book:
“Frequent Confession: Its Place in the Spiritual Life” by (Dom) Benedict Baur, O.S.B.

Scripture passages cited from the New American Bible, printed 1970:
Lamentations 3:40
John 20:22-23
1 Peter 5:8
Matthew 5:28

Spiritual Warfare 4: Engaging the Battle in our time

In this last of a series of programs on Spiritual Warfare, Mark and Frances present what they characterize as the Advanced School of Tactics and Strategy in Spiritual Warfare. Mark and Frances offer great insights from the Saints of Carmel, specifically St. John of the Cross, St. Therese of Lisieux and especially St. Teresa of Avila. One of the most important safeguards is to not reveal your weakness to your enemy. We must work to enter into silence, most especially when we are in our moments of darkness. In addition, and perhaps ironically, when we feel that assault of the enemy pressing us hard, that is actually the time to perhaps take on more penance rather than seeking consolation. It is also the time to increase our devotion to the very basic practice of our faith, the use of Holy Water, intensity in attending the Mass, recitation of the Rosary and so many other forms of worship and devotion. Again, the natural tendency here is to seek rest and consolation, but that is exactly what the enemy is hoping we will do. Finally, Frances and Mark go on to correlate the verse in Ephesians which tells us to “Put on the full armor of God,” to how we must respond to the attacks of our ancient enemy – Satan. This begins by first acknowledging the existence of our enemy, and then using the strategy and tactics outlined in this program.
RESOURCES
Common Stategies of the Devil

Books:
“The Devil You Don’t Know: Recognizing and Resisting Evil in Everyday Life” by Louis J. Cameli, Ave Maria Press.
 
“Spiritual Warfare for Catholics” by Fr. Jeffrey J. Steffon, Servant Publications.
 
“The Spiritual Combat and a Treatise on Peace of Soul” by Dom Lorenzo Scupoli, Tan Books.
 
“Spiritual Combat Revisited” by Jonathan Robinson of the Oratory; based on “The Spiritual Combat” by Lorenzo Scupoli, Ignatius Press.
 
“Onward Catholic Soldier: Spiritual Warfare According to Scripture, the Church & the Saints” by John La Briola, Luke 1:38 Publishing.
 
“The Catholic Warrior” by Robert Abel, Valentine Publishing House.
 
“Spiritual Dangers of the 21st Century” by Rev. Joseph M. Esper, Queenship Publishing Company.
 
“Demons, Deliverance, and Discernment: Separating Fact from Fiction about the Spirit World” by Fr. Mike Driscoll, Catholic Answers Press.
 
“Church Militant Field Manual: Special Forces Training for the Life in Christ” by Father Richard M. Heilman, Deus Vult Press.
 
“Manual for Spiritual Warfare” by Paul Thigpen, Tan Books.
 
“The Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living” by Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV; Crossroad Publishing Company.
 
“Deliverance from Evil Spirits: A Practical Manual” by Francis MacNutt; Chosen Books.

“Spiritual Warfare: Common Strategies of the Devil—the Demonic D’s” With Guest, Marika Zimmerman (part 3 of a series)

It is under the banner of the sign of the Cross of Jesus Christ Crucified that we shall be victorious in spiritual warfare. It was through the Cross, a kind of summary of the Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ that He destroyed the power of the devil over souls. We must be attentive to the devil’s strategic tactics in order to recognize his presence and know how best to fight the battles, battles which occur in our everyday, ordinary moments of life. We do our part, knowing in the end, Christ conquers all. In this conversation, we talk about several key “D” words which can help us detect ways Satan may be trying to defeat us. Wouldn’t you like to be better prepared for the spiritual battles all around you?
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RESOURCES
Common Stategies of the Devil

Books:
“The Devil You Don’t Know: Recognizing and Resisting Evil in Everyday Life” by Louis J. Cameli, Ave Maria Press.
 
“Spiritual Warfare for Catholics” by Fr. Jeffrey J. Steffon, Servant Publications.
 
“The Spiritual Combat and a Treatise on Peace of Soul” by Dom Lorenzo Scupoli, Tan Books.
 
“Spiritual Combat Revisited” by Jonathan Robinson of the Oratory; based on “The Spiritual Combat” by Lorenzo Scupoli, Ignatius Press.
 
“Onward Catholic Soldier: Spiritual Warfare According to Scripture, the Church & the Saints” by John La Briola, Luke 1:38 Publishing.
 
“The Catholic Warrior” by Robert Abel, Valentine Publishing House.
 
“Spiritual Dangers of the 21st Century” by Rev. Joseph M. Esper, Queenship Publishing Company.
 
“Demons, Deliverance, and Discernment: Separating Fact from Fiction about the Spirit World” by Fr. Mike Driscoll, Catholic Answers Press.
 
“Church Militant Field Manual: Special Forces Training for the Life in Christ” by Father Richard M. Heilman, Deus Vult Press.
 
“Manual for Spiritual Warfare” by Paul Thigpen, Tan Books.
 
“The Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living” by Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV; Crossroad Publishing Company.
 
“Deliverance from Evil Spirits: A Practical Manual” by Francis MacNutt; Chosen Books.

Into the Thick of the Battle–Physically and Spiritually in the Life of God’s Little General, 3rd Order Carmelite Army General Louis-Gaston de Sonis” with Guest, Colleen Sollinger, OCDS

What is it like to live out your Christian faith in the thick of the battle? General de Sonis gives us a clear example of the prayer, devotion, faith, perseverance and courage it takes to live a life with the eyes of faith on God alone! Thru actual military battles, life-threatening wounds, and challenges from inside and out, General de Sonis fulfills the duty of the moment with heroic virtue. How was he viewed by others? What was his personal piety like? How did his structured life and personal self-discipline, self-sacrificial nature and mortification chisel him into battle readiness at all levels? How did his integrity hold up in the midst of the flames? How did he evangelize others? Here is a “manly man of God” who rightly earns the title of “God’s Little General.” This is program number 2 of a 2-part series. Part 1 was broadcast on July 20, 2015. May it inspire you to set out into the deep and trust in God in reaching for the heights of Heaven.
RESOURCES
“The Life of General de Sonis, From His Papers and Correspondence” by Mgr. Baunard, Forgotten Books
“Le General de Sonis” (in French) by Gerard Bedel, Via Romana
“De Sonis Love of Carmelites” Google Translate Article
OPENING PRAYER 
“A Prayer of General Louis-Gaston de Sonis, OCDS”“A Prayer of General Louis-Gaston de Sonis, OCDS”
(from Letters of St Therese of Lisieux: General Correspondence; Volume II; ICS Publications, pg. 1280
 
My God,
Here I am before You, poor, little, destitute of everything.
I am nothing. I have nothing. I can do nothing,
I am here at Your feet plunged into my nothingness.
I would like to have something to offer You, but I am only misery.
You, You are my All. You are my riches.
 
My God, I thank You for having willed that I be nothing in Your presence. I love my humiliation, my nothingness. I thank You for having withdrawn from me certain satisfactions of self-love, certain spiritual consolations. I thank You for disappointments, worries, humiliations. I know that I needed them, and that these goods could have held me back from You.
 
I love to be broken, consumed, destroyed by You.
 
Reduce me to nothing more and more.
 
May I be in the building, not like the stone worked and polished by the laborer’s hand, but like the grain of obscure sand hidden by the dust of the road.
 
MY GOD, I thank You for having allowed me to glimpse the sweetness of Your consolations. I thank You for having deprived me of them. All that You do is just and good. I bless You in my poverty. I regret nothing, except for not having love You enough. I desire nothing except that Your will may be done.
 
You are my Master, I am Your possession. Turn me and turn me over again. Destroy me and work me. I want to be reduced to nothing for love of You.
 
O Jesus! How gentle is Your hand even at the height of the trial! May I be crucified, but crucified by You! Amen.
 
CLOSING PRAYER
Excerpts from pg. 226-227 in the book, “The Life of General de Sonis, from His Papers and Correspondence” by Mgr. Baunard; on the occasion of the regiment’s consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Spiritual Warfare 2

In this second in the series of programs on the topic of Spiritual Warfare, Mark and Frances look more specifically at how this on going spiritual combat is really a battle for the interior of our souls. They emphasize how this battle is not only not a bad thing, but is actually the means by which the Lord allows us to be transformed more and more into His image. They also examine the means by which the demons use to engage us in this battle, the vices which they most often try to exploit. Mark and Frances also explain the importance of humility in defending ourselves against these assaults. Finally, they help us to understand what other protections, or spiritual armor, we have at our disposal to protect us.

Spiritual Warfare

There is little doubt, for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, that we are experiencing an increase in spiritual warfare in our modern society. The real questions are, what is the nature of this spiritual battle? and what can we do about it? In this two part series on Spiritual Warfare, Mark and Frances begin by exploring the ways in which this great conflict between good and evil can be seen in our modern culture and society. They go on to describe some of the tactics of our ancient enemy, the devil and his demons. It is important for all Christians to gain an understanding of the methods of our enemy. Perhaps more importantly, however, Mark and Frances go on to offer very practical advice on how we must respond in the face of this battle. We know our number one defense is prayer, but what is it exactly that make our prayer so powerful and how can we improve its potency and effectiveness. If you currently find yourself on the battlefield in the midst of spiritual warfare, this program will be particularly useful.
RESOURCES
Books:
“30 Days with Teredsa of Avila” with an Introduction and Reflections by Daniel Burke and Anthony Lilles” from Emmaus Road Publishing.

“Manual for Spiritual Warfare” by Paul Thigpen, Tan Books

“God’s Little General: the Faith of General Louis-Gaston de Sonis, OCDS” with Guest, Colleen Sollinger, OCDS

“Onward Christian Soldiers!” This is the clarion call of God’s little General, General Louis-Gaston de Sonis. Born Aug. 25, 1825 on the feast of King Louis of France, patron of Tertiaries, this man rose in the ranks of the military due to his fidelity and character. Who was this man? How did he practice his Catholic faith in the midst of battle and other adversities? How did his Carmelite spirituality (as a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites) develop and sustain him? What was his role in erecting the famous Basilica to the Sacred Heart of Jesus? What made his life noteworthy? What is his connection to St. Therese of Lisieux? In the midst of a social climate hostile to his beliefs, he stands his ground. How might his example inspire us today?
RESOURCES
The Life of General de Sonis, from His Papers and Correspondence” (Classic Reprint) Paperback – August 2, 2012; by Mgr Baunard (Author)
 
 
“Le Général de Sonis” by Gerard Bedel; via Romana; in French.
 
“Therese and Lisieux,” Text by Pierre Descovemont, Photos by Helmuth Nils Loose; Novalis; pg. 8-11
 
“Letters of St. Therese of Lisieux, Volume II 1890-1897, General Correspondence;” Translated by John Clarke, OCD; ICS Publications; pg. 1280-1281
 
“Story of a Soul: the Autobiography of Saint Therese of Lisieux” translated by John Clark, OCD; ICS Publications
 
“God Alone and I: Carmelite Meditations,” Compiled and adapted by the Carmel of Flemington
 
 
Book: “A Call to a Deeper Love: The Family Correspondence of the Parents of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, 1863-1885″
 
 
A Prayer of General Louis-Gaston de Sonis, OCDS
(from Letters of St Therese of Lisieux: General Correspondence; Volume II; ICS Publications, pg. 1280
 
My God,
Here I am before You, poor, little, destitute of everything.
I am nothing. I have nothing. I can do nothing,
 
I am here at Your feet plunged into my nothingness.
 
I would like to have something to offer You, but I am only misery.
You, You are my All. You are my riches.
 
  My God, I thank You for having willed that I be nothing in Your presence. I love my humiliation, my nothingness. I thank You for having withdrawn from me certain satisfactions of self-love, certain spiritual consolations. I thank You for disappointments, worries, humiliations. I know that I needed them, and that these goods could have held me back from You.
 
  I love to be broken, consumed, destroyed by You.
 
  Reduce me to nothing more and more.
 
  May I be in the building, not like the stone worked and polished by the laborer’s hand, but like the grain of obscure sand hidden by the dust of the road.
 
  MY GOD, I thank You for having allowed me to glimpse the sweetness of Your consolations. I thank You for having deprived me of them. All that You do is just and good. I bless You in my poverty. I regret nothing, except for not having love You enough. I desire nothing except that Your will may be done.
 
  You are my Master, I am Your possession. Turn me and turn me over again. Destroy me and work me. I want to be reduced to nothing for love of You.
 
  O Jesus! How gentle is Your hand even at the height of the trial! May I be crucified, but crucified by You! Amen.

“The Triumph of the Flame of Love” with guest, Anthony Mullen, National Director of the “Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Movement”

Discover the compelling urgency of the messages and related promises regarding the “Flame of Love” as given to Third Order Carmelite member, Elizabeth Kindelmann. A gigantic storm is brewing just ahead and we must be ready to fight Satan, now more than ever. Victory is assured: the Flame of Love is the instrument of spiritual warfare put at our disposal for that purpose. How is it connected to the Fatima message? How does this lead to the “Triumph of Mary” which causes the New Pentecost? How can we cooperate? What is the role of the Holy Spirit in this?
RESOURCES
Book: The Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary: The Spiritual Diary by Elizabeth Kindelmann (full version)
 
www.flameoflove.us (national)
www.theflameoflove.org (international)
 
www.myconsecration.org  (Spiritual Gems) Consecration to Jesus thru Mary
 
 
Videos:

Elizabeth Kindelmann and the Flame of Love (#2 in the series)

Want to blind Satan? Fight fire with fire! Put out the fire of hatred with the fire of love. The Blessed Mother told Elizabeth Kindelmann: “My Flame of Love will be lit first in Carmel.” She also said that the flames which spring from her love (Flame of Love) will quench the fire of hell and blind Satan. Listen in to find out how. Guest Marika Zimmerman returns to the program to discuss with host, Frances Harry, the newly published English translation of Elizabeth Kindelmann’s “Spiritual Diary” on the “Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” What is in the diary? What inspires you in this diary? We talk about the many ways and means of participating in this devotion which has come about thru the Blessed Virgin Mary’s intercession and desire to blind Satan for the salvation of souls. Through this devotion, our Blessed Mother said, “Evil will diminish gradually, the burning flame of hatred will be put out, and the splendor of my Flame of Love will fill all regions of the earth.” Many special graces are promised.