Father’s Messages

Today feast of Juan Diego I love the miracle that Church used for his cannonization

How a drug addict’s life was miraculously saved by St. Juan Diego

Philip Kosloski

Dec 09, 2017

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The miracle paved the way for Juan Diego’s canonization.

Juan José Barragán Silva was a drug addict. He was in his 20s and marijuana was his drug of choice. Then one day something happened that would change his life forever.

Zenit describes how on May 6, 1990, Barragán “under the drug´s influence … stabbed himself with a knife in his mother´s presence, and went to a balcony to throw himself over. His mother tried to hold him by the legs, but he managed to free himself and plunged head first to the ground.”

The scene was horrible and he was immediately rushed to the hospital in Mexico City. What happened next surprised everyone involved.

Three days later Barragán was completely cured and the doctors all agreed that it was “scientifically inexplicable.” He should have died from the fall, or at the very least become handicapped for the rest of his life.

How was this possible?

Barragán’s mother revealed soon after the words she prayed when her son was falling off the balcony. She said while invoking the intercession of Juan Diego, “Give me a proof … save this son of mine! And you, my Mother, listen to Juan Diego.”

Juan Diego is well known and loved by the Mexican people as he was the recipient of the first apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12, 1531.

What is even more fascinating is how the fall of Barragán occurred at the exact time that Juan Diego was being beatified by St. John Paul II at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico.

When the miracle was authenticated it paved the way for Juan Diego’ canonization on July 31, 2002. It confirmed what the Mexican people always believed, that he was holy and humble instrument of God’s love.

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Fr Stefan idea for the day ‘what is the self’

It is common to read in psychology textbook ‘What is the self’ Interesting enough many authors says ‘There is no self’ Or the self is nothing more than a jumble of memories that we have. C.S. Lewis said in his book ‘The Great Divorce’ that the closer we get to Heaven the more weight things have..Things are more substantial. That Heaven in the place of full reality. Here is the shadow land, the dream world. Now in Heaven we will have the full weigh of our self. Now the self is not found in isolation. We discover our self..or we become our self in relationships. Church teaches ‘That Jesus reveals man to himself and makes his supreme calling clear’ ‘That it is in Christ Jesus that we discover or become our true self.’ Christianity is truest form of humanism. And when we disconnect Christianity Christ from the search for the self we lose the energy the true backdrop where we discover ourselves. So in a world where we try to see discover what is the self in a Post Christian world. We attempt to find self is denying our gender sex, in throwing out morality, in intense experience. All in an attempt to discover the self. But we discover that the shadow world we live in the self become more of a shadow. What is the self. The self is relationships with Christ and others. The self is the unique person that Christ has created me to be. And the seed that is the self will find it fullest realization in Heaven. The seed will become fully substantial. That the self is found by loving and being Loved. You are a mystery to yourself. The mystery is fulfilled in Christ. That man finds himself finds the self only in giving self in a sincere gift to God and others. As Jesus says ‘He would find himself will lose himself’ look to Christ and you will discover your true self.

Friday feast of St Ambrose

St Ambrose wrote ‘Drink, then, from Christ, so that your voice may also be heard.  Store up in your mind the water that is Christ, the water that praises the Lord. Store up water from many sources, the water that rains down from the clouds of prophecy.

Whoever gathers water from the mountains and leads it to himself or draws it from springs, is himself a source of dew like the clouds. Fill your soul, then, with this water, so that your land may not be dry, but watered by your own springs.

He who reads much and understands much, receives his fill. He who is full, refreshes others. So Scripture says: If the clouds are full, they will pour rain upon the earth.’ Mary pour down the rain of joy upon us. Rain down from the cloud of prophecy. May you become a cloud! May you pour down rain upon us! Be as light as a cloud!

Things that we value!

A priest said ‘There is no necessary connection between the value of something and how hard it is to obtain’ In fact, salvation is a free gift from God. But we only then to value things if they are difficult to obtain. But there is no necessary connection between the value of something and how hard it is to obtain. If we valued things that are easy to obtain. Than God would make the Acquisitions of virtue easy to obtain.

I have an idea

I have an idea! A though experiment! If we say ‘life is hard’ than life is hard! But if we start the day saying to ourselves ‘Life is easy’ Than we might experience life as easy. So I want you to try this thought experiment with me ‘Today and tomorrow say to yourself ‘Life is easy’ And see if you experience that in your life. Say 3x with me right now ‘Life is easy’

Is life meant to be hard?

Is life meant to be hard! Jesus said ‘Unless you become like little children’ For children life is not hard! Or should not be! Living should be natural! To live life should be the most natural thing in the world. I do not think God intended life to be hard! In fact ‘ Our hearts and minds are meant to show us what to do.’ Why do I write this…because I don’t find life easy..In fact it feels most of time like walking up a hill in mud. But that being said. I do think God intended life to be easy. What I mean is that God intended living life to fullness was meant to cone easy.. to be the most natural thing in the world. That is party what Jesus meant ‘Unless you become like a little child.’ Yes a child has it easier in that they do don’t have to hold down a job or raise a family. But the principle is the same. When Jesus calls us to have a child heart. Jesus is telling us ‘ He meant life to be easy and natural’ Jesus there are trial thorns in life. But even on that Jesus wanted us to experience life as easy and natural. St Therese said ‘when we love all things are easy’ She also said ‘I no longer suffer because I have come to love suffering’ As if St Therese little way was to discover that Jesus her spouse wanted to make her way easy. I do think Jesus intended living life to be the easiest and most natural thing in the world. That Jesus intended life to be easy. Again this is coming from a person who rarely experience life as easy. But I do think Jesus intended life to be easy even in our suffering and pain.