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From the Hub to the Heart - Book Review

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“Heart” is what From the Hub to the Heart: My Journey is all about. In this autobiography, Andrew Lavallee, along with the assistance of Leticia Velasquez, tells a heart-warming story of how to move from sin to virtue. “Andy” as he calls himself, was not so saintly growing up on the tough streets of Charlestown, MA. He hung around with a tough crowd. He drank and gambled quite a bit. God was far from his mind as he navigated through his youthful years.

In From the Hub to the Heart: My Journey, we learn... Read more...

"Not My Son Lord"

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One of the greatest mysteries in scripture is the hidden Mother.  One of the greatest of these is...TO READ MORE CLICK HERE. 

St. Michael and the Scales

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There is no excel spreadsheet in heaven of all the prayers or good works that you must do to be granted access to heaven.  

We can do no action that benefits God in any way, because He is God, He is eternal, already complete and if we could do an action that benefited Him, then in some way He would be found to be lacking in something. 

 This is why the gift of the sacrifice of God's son, Jesus is completely, free and unmerited, because if all the human beings that have ever lived prayed constantly from their conception to their death could still not open the gates of Heaven and save us from the eternal suffering of hell they way that the blood of Jesus did.  

Yet, God gives us an 'action' plan of salvation.  We are not to just stay in our...TO READ MORE CLICK HERE!

Stabat Mater Dolorosa—Weep Over Sin

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Just recently, I read Ali Baba and the Forty thieves for my children. In this story, the wife of Ali Baba’s (unfortunate) brother and her servant girls lament and cry by his corpse, retrieved by Ali Baba from the thieves’ cave. Their lament announces to everyone the death of Ali Baba’s brother. This is just one of many examples of weeping done not only because of a spontaneous desire but with a specific and sometimes direct ritual meaning. And whenever there is a ritual, behind it lies the desire to express a deeper human reality. The ritual, the task, vocation or place, is there to encompass the entire human being when she (the soul) comes in contact with a reality beyond ordinary expression. Or in the words of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Gandalf, “not all tears are an evil…” The task of lamenting is one forgotten in the Western world, along with most meaningful rituals. ....

In sharp contrast to this “liberated human” stands the Mother, weeping beneath the Cross...

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The Mark

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Every Catholic Priest that walks the Earth had a mark placed on him at his conception for the Priesthood.   This is a gift by God as a reflection for what God did for Mary in her womb, because every Priest is her son.  The Priest is not immaculate, but only marked as one chosen for the Priesthood.  This is not a guarantee that he will become a Priest, it is up to God whether or not he is called later. 

I am sure that there are a few Priests walking the earth that were not called, although they are very few.  But the Priest, whether called or not will always carry this mark as being chosen to the Priesthood from conception.....

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Announcing the "Praying with Children" Video Series!

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The Apostleship of Prayer is happy to share our new video series: "Praying with Children." Check in here each week for a new prayer tip!

I've had conversations with countless parents and educators over the past few months. These gracious people have helped me enormously as I finalize the manuscript for my upcoming book, cleverly named Praying with Children. And while we look forward to the fall 2015 release of the book from Ave Maria Press, many parents and educators requested that the Apostleship of Prayer also make brief videos of the most practical, succinct prayer tips from the book. Ta Da!

Read on at Praying with Grace!

"They Will Never Repent."

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I have never met them, but I know of them.  I don't know their names.  But I know what they did, and what they continue to do.   They abuse children which is a great evil before the Lord.  

I don't want anyone to go to hell, so I prayed and asked God that if it was possible, if they could know a little of what they would suffer for all eternity HERE so that they would repent of their evil and turn back to God.  Basically, put the fear of Hell in them.  

The answer made my heart drop....TO READ MORE CLICK HERE. 

"You Would Never Cease..."

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One day while driving home, I was sitting at a red light and I saw a young woman in the lane next to me in an older car smoking a cigarette and listening to music.  It was summer so I could see and hear her clearly. My heart went out for her and I prayed to God, "Lord, please be merciful to her for her sins."

The answer was,"They are many." 

My heart broke at that moment and I didn't want this woman to be lost.  I asked God, "Father, let me know peoples sins so that I can pray better for them."

The answer was, "You would never cease praying."

My heart sank at the realization of state of souls in the world.

All About the Heart

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A phrase pierced my heart and brought tears to my eyes today. It is not originally from a Catholic, or even a Christian.However, this quote is similar to biblical and Catholic sayings from the saints. Perhaps it was the modern wording but it pierced my heart right to the quick, where my secret longing, my true heart’s desire lies. The words were,”we are all just walking each other home” ram dass


Yet heaven is also within us. We can learn to live in our true home while we are on earth. A obscure little book on spirituality reminds me of this fact . “When we carry God in our hearts, we are at home anywhere.” 
(from The Living Pyx of Jesus, by a Religious, Pelligrini and Co., Australia, 1941)


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Even better, when we live in the heart of God, we are at home no matter where we are.continue reading>

United in Heart and Soul to Our Beloved

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Aimed at greater intimacy than the one-flesh union, married love "leads to forming one heart and soul,” states the Catechism. (Section 1643). How do married couples become one in heart and soul, especially when the demands of daily life keep getting in the way?

Becoming One Heart

Talk to your beloved about what's in your heart. Sometimes men don't talk enough and women talk too much. What do you think about all day? Do you share those thoughts with your spouse? If not, why not? Take your concerns and preoccupations to prayer and ask God to help you share them with your spouse in a productive and positive way.

Becoming unified with your spouse is a foretaste of becoming one with God, the Bridegroom of our soul. But union entails sorrow as well as solace. St. Catherine of Siena experienced a mystical marriage with Jesus, which both increased her love and familiarity with Jesus and gave her a more intimate participation in his sufferings. Do we offer to participate in our spous…

War

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I am at war.  Although I may not look like it, trust me I am in a great war that never ceases around me.  I fight a battle everyday for the souls in purgatory and the lost souls that fall into hell everyday.  The loss of souls is one of the greatest tragedies in the universe.  Because God's justice is perfect, lost souls are in hell of their own volition.  There is nothing more heartbreaking to realize that this sentence is for all time.  Those that are falling into hell right now will still be suffering there 1 million years from now, and 100,000 x 100,000 million years and so on..

Stepping on the battlefield for lost souls  is one of the most treacherous things you can do in relation to the status of your own salvation.  The reason for this is that you can't do anything for God.  You aren't doing God any favors by your prayers, even if 1000 souls where to be released from Purgatory with your prayer, you didn't do it, God did.   You just asked that the battle be waged,…

Where Does Evil Come From?

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Where does Evil Come From?




In the beginning God Said, "Let there be light."  And there was light.  God creates with His word, and when He gave the angels free will He also gave them this ability to create out of their words, although to a much lesser degree. 

God is all good, there is no darkness in Him.  However, having infinite knowledge of His creation, He knew of evil as a concept (because God knows all things), but evil only existed in the mind of God as a concept, a potentiality.  When he gave the angels free will they two had a knowledge of what rebellion what evil was as a concept, otherwise their will would not be free because they would have no other choice but the good God.  It was a concept, and so as to truly choose God freely, they were given knowledge of "another way".  Again, this was only a concept in the mind of God and the angels, at this time evil did not yet exist.  



God did not create evil, even though He knew about it.  By his pride when Lucifer…