Your prayers answered…Tom is cancer free

 

Hi:
To all of you who have been so diligently praying for me, I can’t express right now how I feel. Many of you I know and so many I haven’t met but I have felt the power of your prayers.
Today, Susan and I got the results of the Pet Scan I had last week.  Susan was a basket case as we waited in the Doctor’s office for him to come in. I was mostly calm just trusting in God’ plan no matter what the outcome.  When the doctor came in and wanted to hug me, I knew.  Your prayers were answered. The tumor was gone and there is no evidence of cancer in my body from the top of my head to my knees.
It is still surreal after almost a year of so many tests and procedures and negativity, that the path we took would not work.
We believe that by the power of prayer we were guided down the path we took.  We also believe that this Miracle will strengthen the Faith and Hope of many people.
I would like to talk to each and everyone of you to thank your for love, support and prayers that I offered up each day to Our Blessed Mother for so many others in need, and I continue to pray for each and every one of you every day.
I have to thank Susan most of all for her diligence, determination and unbelievable love for me, for getting us into these programs that we did and for getting so many people to pray.  She has touched the hearts of many but none no greater that mine.  I love you honey, more than you know, thank you.
May St. John Paul II intercede for you in all your needs.
God bless all of you
Tom

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Prayer for the Intercession of
Saint John Paul 
II

O Blessed Trinity, we thank you
For having graced the Church with
Saint John Paul II and for allowing
The tenderness of your fatherly care,
The glory of the Cross of Christ
And the splendor of the Spirit of love
To shine through him.

Trusting fully in your infinite mercy
And in the maternal intercession of Mary,
He has given us a living image of
Jesus the Good Shepherd.

He has shown us that holiness
Is the necessary measure of ordinary
Christian life and is the way of
Achieving eternal communion with you.

Grant us, by his intercession,
And according to your will,
The graces we implore …
Especially (State your Intention Here)
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

This Prayer Works … Trust Me (Susan)


Official approval of Marian Apparition San Nicholas Argentina

At what would later become the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary in San Nicholas, Argentina, a woman reported receiving many messages from the Blessed Mother.  The apparitions began in Autumn of 1983 and continued through February of 1990.  On May 22, 2016, the local Bishop gave official approval of the apparitions as “worthy of belief”

Here is his pronouncement:

Dear Brother Bishops:

Twelve years as pastor in San Nicolas and having followed this Marian event with faith and responsibility, I know from the beginning have grown in the decision to admit to my diocese.

I worked in consultation with experts and witnesses and aware that the duty to monitor or intervene rests primarily with the local ordinary, I assume, as the bishops who preceded me, the decision to support, guide and testify about this event in San Nicolas.

I judged the fact according to two criteria: Positives and negatives and in both cases there were no errors.

I discerned on three specific criteria, namely:

Event Is naturally occurring? Can it be work of the enemy? Is it supernatural origin? And the answers to these questions left me sure that it is the real and positive fruit exceeding mere human action.

On the occasion of the Jubilee of Mercy of the pilgrims from the Diocese, I announce this valid decision for the flock which I guide and accompany with it the presentation of a book entitled “SPIRITUAL SCHOOL OF SANTA MARIA DEL ROSARIO DE SAN NICOLAS” highlighting the most important teachings in the messages she gives us for our commitment to everything he tells us because he is the culmination of revelation.

I promulgated it this Sunday, May 22 at the Mass for pilgrims from the Marian Shrine and celebrating this jubilee on the seventh anniversary of his coronation.

Thus:

On those assertions, AND AS DIOCESAN BISHOP ENTITLED TO THIS KIND OF STATEMENT; MOTIVATED BY A SENSE OF AWARENESS FAIR DECREE WITH MORAL CERTAINTY, GOOD INTENT AND HOPE; FULFILLING THE REQUIREMENTS OF INSIGHT SUGGESTED BY THE HOLY SEE; SEEKING GREATER GLORY AND THE SAKE OF OUR CHURCH; CALLING ON THE NAME OF GOD ALMIGHTY FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT, THE NAME OF MARY OF THE ROSARY OF SAN NICOLAS, IS YOUR HUSBAND SAN JOSE, ACKNOWLEDGE THE SUPERNATURAL CHARACTER OF HAPPY EVENTS WITH GOD THROUGH HIS FAVORITE DAUGHTER JESUS ??THROUGH HIS MOTHER MARY, THE HOLY SPIRIT THROUGH HIS LOVELY WIFE, WANTED TO MANIFEST HERELF LOVINGLY IN OUR DIOCESE

FINALLY AND HOW THE HOLY MOTHER HAS TO HEAVEN ON BEHALF OF ALL THE DIOCESE, THAT IS IT, BY THE EVER QUEEN AND LADY OF SAN NICOLAS DE ARROYOS
.
On the 22nd day of the month of may of 2016

OBISPO MONSEÑOR HÉCTOR SABATINO CARDELLI

(TRANSLATION BY MiracleHunter.com)

 

 

Will US citizens need passport to fly within USA?

Beginning in 2016, residents of four states and one territory in the U.S. will not be able to use their driver’s license as ID on domestic flights.  Those states are New YorkLouisianaMinnesotaNew Hampshire, and the territory of American Samoa.

The reason for this is the states involved do not require proof of citizenship in order to obtain a driver’s license, or their licenses are not sufficiently tamper-proof.

Back in 2005, an act called the Real ID Act was passed, and is being phased in gradually.  The passport requirement will be phased in beginning in 2016 (the exact date has not been announced).  It is expected there will be a grace period of several months.

Considering how many U.S. citizens do not have a passport, this could possibly lead to some surprises at the airport, not to mention the possibility that the passport offices might be overwhelmed with applicants, leading to long delays in issuing passports.

 

 

Depression, Suicide & Saint Dymphna

The recent suicide of actor Robin Williams made headlines around the world. Perhaps it is because, as a comedian, he always seemed to be “up” and ready to laugh.  Plus, he seemed to have all that the modern world tells us we should want:  Fame, Wealth, Acclaim.

So it is surprising to those who did not know about his inner conflict, that he suffered from depression and ended up taking his own life.

But Robin Williams was not alone:  countless people suffer silently from depression.  Although some might wish to call it a character flaw, it is actually a disease that afflicts many regardless of class or wealth.

As we know, good can often come out of the bad that happens. In this case, due to the enormous amount of publicity  surrounding the suicide of Robin Williams; it will hopefully create more awareness of depression, its signs and treatment.  Oftentimes those with depression feel sadness, shame, and helplessness. As a result they are reluctant to move forward and ask for help. And those around them may not be looking for the signs of depression that could help avert tragedy.

Did you know that Saint Dymphna is a little-known  saint who is invoked in cases of mental health issues?  Her name is  not familiar to many, yet countless miracles have been attributed to her intercession.  Her shrine is in Belgium and there is also a National Shrine of Saint Dymphna in the U.S. in Massillon, Ohio (check this page for more information on Saint Dymphna).

 

Garabandal promoter Joey Lomangino dies

The apparitions at Garabandal, Spain are a matter that is still undecided.  Neither approved nor disapproved by the Church, they remain a subject of controversy.  There are those who wholeheartedly believe then to have been real and those who believe just the opposite.

One of those who supported the apparitions was Joey Lomangino.  Blinded as a result of an accident, he was one of the main proponents of Garabandal.  There is no doubt that his death will cause some consternation among its supporters, since the prophecy was that Joey would have his sight restored before his death and this did not occur.

Still, there are many who believe and we do not mean to cast any doubt upon the authenticity of the alleged apparitions.

Certainly, as the saying goes, time will tell.  It is certainly interesting that he died on June 18th, the exact day of the first reported apparition in Garabandal in 1961.

 

Mass with the Pope in Rome

Most of us look forward to the weekly public Papal Audiences if we visit Rome and, on special occasions, attending a Papal Mass.  Now, in a new announcement, the Vatican Press Office confirms that small groups will be able to attend Mass with Pope Francis in the Chapel of the Santa Marta Residence where he lives.  

This offer has limits, of course.  It is designed for citizens of Rome, because after all, the Pope is the Bishop of Rome.  Members of parishes in the Diocese of Rome will be selected on a rotational basis to attend the daily Mass that the Holy Father has each morning.  Groups will be limited to about 30 people since the chapel is quite small.  If you happen to be a member of one of these parishes, you may be in for a great experience.  

Since this applies to members of Parishes in Rome we don’t know if there will be any provision made for visitors, although we doubt it as the program would then lose much of its meaning. 

Breakfast in London, Lunch in Paris, Dinner in Barcelona?

Yes, this is possible and welcomed news! Those traveling from Paris to Barcelona have always had the option of taking a high-speed train, but it had one serious drawback. Due to the fact that France and Spain use different rolling stock, you had the inconvenience of having to change trains near the border between the two countries. With the construction of a new high-speed rail line that links the two cities directly, that problem has been eliminated…no change of trains is necessary.

The upper level in the first class coach.  Second class is basically the same, but with more seats.  Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
The upper level in the first class coach. Second class is basically the same, but with two seats on each side of the aisle. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

The trains clip along at a speed of about 200 mph (320 kph ), enough to get you there in a hurry but slow enough to see quaint French villages with the majestic Alps in the background and then, on the final leg, the beautiful Mediterranean coastline of Spain. For a better view, try a seat on the upper deck (these are bi-level carriages).

The Paris-Barcelona trains run from Gare de Lyon station, one of five stations in Paris.

Le Train Bleu Restaurant inside Gare de Lyon Station (photo courtesy wikipedia)
Le Train Bleu Restaurant inside Gare de Lyon Station. A step back in time to the golden age of travel. (photo courtesy wikipedia)

By happy coincidence one of our favorite lunch spots in Paris just happens to be in a train stationTrain Bleu Restaurant  inside Gare du Lyon.  Sit down, have lunch from the set menu (which includes a half-bottle of red) and then at train time you just walk a few yards (meters) directly on to the train.

There are currently two trains each day, with a travel time of approximately 6 and a half hours from Paris to Barcelona making several stops in France and a couple in Spain. In March 2014 that will be increased to four trains per day.

For British travelers this new service will also allow you to take the Eurostar to Paris, change stations and then catch the train to Barcelona.  So it is possible to have breakfast in London, lunch in Paris and dinner in Barcelona.  What a convenience and a great entry for your travel journal!

Those of you coming from the UK might also want to check out Loco 2.  This booking website gets great reviews.

We are big believers in train travel in Europe.  First, the romance of train travel is hard to resist, especially since air travel has long since lost any semblance of romance and the wait to check in can often be longer than the flight itself.  Also, since most train stations are located downtown, you avoid a long (and often expensive) trip from the airport to the city.  

Certainly more relaxing than flying....and the food is better!
Why anyone would choose fly rather than take the train eludes me. Certainly more relaxing than flying….and the food is better!

Most importantly, you can actually see the countryside and its people rather than looking down from 30,000 feet.    

You can get up, walk to the snack or restaurant car, and socialize with others.  This is the beauty of train travel, it’s definitely more rewarding than just the utilitarian need to get from one place to the other.  

So, sit back, relax, meet new friends….whatever. That’s probably the whole reason you’re traveling in the first place.

For a more in-depth look at train travel in Europe we recommend the website called the Man in Seat 61.

Christmas Crib in Notre Dame Cathedral Paris

The Creche ( called by names such as Manger Scene, Crib, etc) is a staple in many houses as well as churches ever since Saint Francis created the first one in the 13th Century.  In the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris there is a tradition of hosting a crib from a different country each year.  For 2013 it will be the Czech Republic.  

Photo of this year's crib courtesy Notre Dame de Paris
Photo of this year’s crib courtesy Notre Dame de Paris

During the time from early December through early February an estimated two million people will visit the Cathedral.  At the foot of the crib Cathedral is located a large transparent box. All visitors, regardless of faith, are invited to register a Message of Peace and drop it in the ballot box. These intentions of prayer and peace that are requested every night during the last Mass at the cathedral.  

Update:  We failed to note in ou calendar that the crib in Notre-Dame de Paris is available to visitors every day, during the opening hours (7.45 am to 6.45 pm)

During Saturday and Sunday and other exceptional nights shown on our calendar, the crib is available until 8.45 pm.

Check out Calendar of events for details.

 

 

 

Thousands flocking to Illinois Shrine

It is a shrine that was never really meant to be a shrine, according to Father Rev. Marco Mercado, rector of Maryville Academy.  This small shrine near Chicago is expected to draw over 100,000 people over the next two days.  It is the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, Illinois, just about a 7-minute drive from Chicago’s bustling O’Hare Airport.

It was in 1988 that a traveling statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe was brought back from Mexico City to the U.S.  After several failed attempts to find some church to accept it,  Maryville Academy offered to house the statue in a small chapel and from that a shrine was born. 

Celebrations, along with native dancers, began on Sunday but the activities will really heat up starting on Wednesday December 11th, with Masses beginning at 4:00 p.m. and being held every two hours through the night and following day until the final Mass and solemn procession at 7:00 p.m. December 12th.  

The closing Mass at 8 p.m. Monday will be celebrated by Bishop Alberto Rojas, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago.  Pilgrims from all over the country, not just the Chicago area, will be in attendance.

There is also television coverage on Univision, not only in the area, but in many cities throughout the U.S.

You can check their website here

Or learn more about the Shrine here.