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November 28th, 2010

St. John of Facundo on Holy Mass

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The following remarkable incident will serve to illustrate what has just been said and to kindle in the reader greater devotion toward Holy Mass.

We read in the life of St. John of Facundo, a noted member of the Augustinian Order, that he never on any account omitted saying Mass, and in fact, urged by his great longing to offer the Holy Sacrifice and receive Our Lord, he said it every morning at the earliest hour possible. He was, however, so slow in celebrating that the server used to go away and leave him at the altar, and at last no one could be found to serve his Mass.

The Saint then went to the prior, and entreated him to order the brothers to do so. But the prior spoke sharply to him, saying, “Why do you give the brothers so much trouble by being so long over your Mass? I shall rather enjoin upon you henceforth to say Mass like other priests.” John did as he was commanded, but obedience cost him so much that he went again to the prior and, throwing himself at his feet, begged him to withdraw his command.

The prior would not consent to do this until John had confided to him in Confession the reasons which made it impossible for him to say Mass more quickly. Having heard them, he no longer hesitated to tell the brothers that they must serve Father John’s Mass, even though their patience was somewhat taxed.

It is certain that Christ frequently manifests Himself visibly to this father, speaking with him as one speaks to a friend, and showing him His five sacred wounds, from which proceeds a light of exceeding brightness, which, shed upon the Saint, quickens both body and soul, so that he experiences no need of earthly nourishment.

He also beholds the Body of Christ shining like the sun at noonday and perceives its infinite beauty and glory. Such are the lofty and divine things he is privileged to know, mysteries which it is not given to man to fathom, much less to utter.

Since I have thus been made aware of the immense benefits accruing to mankind by the celebrating or assisting at Mass, I have made a firm resolution never to omit saying or hearing Mass and to do my utmost to induce others to do the same.” From these noteworthy words which the prior uttered we see clearly that solemn mysteries are contained in the Holy Mass and we ought to reverence it most profoundly.

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November 28th, 2010

Slideshow : Experiencing God by Alan Ames Part 2

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Experiencing God

As I struggle with self and my weaknesses, trying to remain in the light of love, my heart hurts for the love of God. I know it is the struggle within that causes this pain, for as I struggle with my humanity and all its frailties, the light of the Lord seems to fade. As my attention is taken away from that seeking of grace, of love and of the light of God, and onto self, the pain of heart grows as my heart and soul desire only to seek God. Yet my mind draws me back to self and to my inadequacies. It is a constant battle to look beyond self and the world.

Now, looking to the Lord I know He will never let go of me for He loves me. Now, looking to the Lord I know His love never slips by, it just surrounds me. Now, looking to the Lord there is the knowledge that His heart hurts when my heart hurts, for our hearts are one in love. Now, looking to the Lord it becomes clear these thoughts of self are just a trap set to lead me from the Lord. However, it is obvious now that the Lord will free me from this trap if I so desire. Now my soul cries out, ‘Yes Lord, I desire it, free me.’ My Lord replies, ‘In Me you are free, it is only your self that allows you to become a prisoner.’

As I look to the Lord, my Master, and reach out to Him as a slave of love, I feel Him taking my entire being into His. I feel a drawing of my humanity into His divinity and a lifting of my soul to the highest heights. As the ecstasy of eternal love envelopes me I know that this is the reason for my existence.

With my soul saturated with God’s divine love I want only to be with Him forever. I want my soul and every soul to live in this eternal bliss. Now life on earth seems so unimportant yet I know that it is very important for it is through living this earthly life for God that the heavenly life can be found. Now I want to leave the world behind and to live in this state of sanctification forever. Raising my eyes to God I see Him calling me deeper and deeper into His love, calling, ‘Come to Me not by yourself, but bring others with you.

October 16th, 2010

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My desire is to totally abandon myself in Christ, to be lost in His love, as my soul can never be satisfied in the things of the world. The hunger I have within cannot be fed with anything else except Christ, Our Lord.

The passion of love I experience when He touches me is the passion of love I want to feel always. When He exposes His love to me and embraces my soul, my spirit, my heart, my physical self, all of me in His love, I know the fullness of love and of life and this fullness I desire to have forever.

From the moment Jesus, Our Lord, touched and caressed my soul with His love a doorway opened. It was a doorway of love through which the Lord led me. It is through this doorway I discovered, by the grace of God, the Father’s love and the Holy Spirit’s love. Jesus led me deep into the Trinitarian heart of love that is God’s heart. A love so overpowering, a love that is beyond the senses, yet it is felt deep within the soul, a love that sets the soul on fire. A fire I never want to stop burning.

This Trinitarian love, while it is the same love with the Father, as with the Son and the Holy Spirit is different with each. This love is like a fountain of fire flowing within, pouring out ever stronger love, pouring out ever tender love, pouring out ever merciful love. Oh such sweet love that fills the being with the knowledge of the truth that God is One, yet God is Three.

In my life before I knew God I was walking blindly through a desert. This desert was one I created in my denial of God. I was alone in my selfishness and sinfulness as I distanced myself from God by thinking only of self and distanced myself from others by not caring about them.

It was only when an oasis of love appeared before me, beckoning me to it, that I started to see the truth. As I changed direction and headed toward the oasis it became clearer and clearer what a world I had created for myself in sin. Then on that glorious day when I reached the oasis of love I was at first hesitant, unsure whether to enter its waters or not.

As the water gently caressed me I turned to look back at the desert I had left behind and sadness came upon me as I saw how foolish I had been. Now I knew the oasis of love had always been there for me, as it is for all people, and that there had been no need for me to be alone thirsting in the desert.

As the water refreshed my being within it I could feel and hear the words: ‘Stay with Me forever.’ My heart beat with excitement at the thought of never leaving the water of love that was surrounding and comforting me. Deep in my soul the words exploded forth, ‘Yes, I want to stay with You forever.’

Now I just wanted to remain there forever, sinking ever deep into the eternal oasis of love. Now my entire being, mind, body, soul and humanity resounded with love. Now no longer did I desire anything except the water of love. Then the One who loves me spoke, saying, ‘Many do not drink of this water and do not know of this water. Go tell them.’

Inside me a desire began to grow, a desire that all should come and bathe in the oasis of love so that they could also find the love, the peace, the joy and the security that I have found. The deeper into the water I went the stronger this desire became because the more you are immersed in the water of love and of life the more you desire to share it.

As the Lord’s love touches and fills my soul the light of His love envelops it.

In this light the soul shines brightly as it is glorified in God’s love. Experiencing this divine light, this divine glory brings the certainty of the knowledge of God’s loving truth. As I was drawn into His light it became obvious how wrong sin is and how the dark is to be avoided at all costs. In the light of God is all that is good, whereas in the darkness is all that is bad.

As I came to discover this truth a hatred for sin grew within me. Now when I sin at times a sorrow fills my heart as I know then that darkness has pierced my soul. I am driven by the longing to remain in the light of God’s love to confess my sins so that once more my soul can be free of darkness.

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