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...running low on faith, and I have been for a while. It's been a few years since I've really felt close to God, or felt His presence in my life. It's been a real struggle.

I know others have felt this way before. Can you please share your experience if it's not too personal, and maybe give a little advice? I want to get back on track for the long haul, and I'm scared, and I feel lost, and I don't know what to do.

Thanks in advance,

Rachel

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I've been going through some stressful times (but who hasn't been, right?), and I've been worrying about some things in my life. I believe this has caused me to give in to temptations. We all give in once in a while, but lately I've been feeling absolutely horrible. I've spent the last few years trying to improve my relationship with God, and lately I've been feeling so much closer to Him, and I've been feeling much happier and I've felt like my life has been more fulfilling. I would hate for my recent behaviors to jeopardize what I've worked so hard to build up. I feel like an absolutely terrible person. I feel like I have no willpower. Worst of all, I feel completely terrible for betraying God, who has done SO MUCH good in my life.

Any prayers/novenas I could say? Any particular Bible passages I could read for some consoling words? Any prayers you could offer me? Advice?

I appreciate any responses I get! I've turned to this group for help before and have never not been pleased with the support and prayers I've received. THANK YOU!
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One afternoon, I was with Jakov at his home and Our Lady came, telling us that she was going to take us to show us Heaven, hell and purgatory. Jakov was very little at the time and he thought we would not come back so he said, 'Dear, Our Lady, Why don't you take only Vicka because she has seven other brothers and sisters and I am the only child of my parents.' But Our Lady just smiled and didn't say anything. Before we left, we were wondering how long the journey was going to take, whether we would go up, or down, or how many days we would be traveling. But Our Lady just took Jakov's left hand and my right hand and we went up. We could see the walls just moving aside, giving us enough space to go through. It took us just a moment, and we found ourselves in heaven. Heaven is one, huge endless space. There is a special kind of light that does not exist on earth at all. We saw people dressed in gray, yellow, and pink gowns. They were walking, praying and singing together. And they all looked the same. No one was too skinny or too heavy. We were able to see small angels circling around. There is a special kind of joy in Heaven. I have never experienced anything like that at any other time. Our Lady told us to see how overjoyed were all the people who were in Heaven. Purgatory is also one huge space, but we were not able to see people. We could only see darkness -- an ashy color. We were able to feel the physical suffering of the people. They were shivering, and struggling. Our Lady said we need to pray for those people so that they can get out of Purgatory. As for hell, there is one huge fire in the middle. First, we were shown people in normal condition before they were caught by that fire. Then as they are being caught by that fire, they become the shape of animals, like they have never been humans before. As they are falling deeper into the fire, they yell against God even more. Our Lady says that, for all those who are in hell it was their choice, their decision to get there. Our Lady says for all those who are living here on earth who are living against God's commands, even here they are living in a kind of hell so when they are there, they are continuing just the same life as before. Our Lady says that there are so many who live here on the earth who believe that when this life is finished, everything is finished, but Our Lady says, if you think so, you are very wrong, because we are just passers by on the earth.

- Vicka Ivankovic, visionary at Medjugorje
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…but I thought this entry would be important.

 

A friend called me last night to say that his landlord had a heart attack yesterday and was rushed to the hospital. I told my friend I would say the divine chaplet of mercy or the rosary for him. But I forgot.

 

My friend called me this morning around 11am to say his landlord died at 4:20am this morning. This landlord was raised/baptized Catholic, but became non-practicing because of his lack of faith. We recited the chaplet of divine mercy over the phone.

 

I feel bad for being complacent. Prayers would be helpful? Pleeeeeeeeeeease. It would be much appreciated, thankyou :-).

 

 

-Sue

Current Mood:
worried worried
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Please say a prayer for Rachel Becker, a friend of my families. She is 19 years old. She was in a car accident Friday night, She has a skull fracture, jaw fracture and her right eye has some bone damage (but vision is OK.) Her vitals are good, she was alert, talked to the neurosurgeon and staff. The neurosurgeon and a plastic surgeon will do some repair. The doctors worked real hard on the subdural hematoma, fractures and plastic surgery. Rachel has multiple fractures in her skull and the doctors told Margaret, her mom. that there are 6 plates/screws in her face. She is extabated and can now talk to them. Margaret, her mom, said her head is pretty well wrapped and the next 4 days they will be watching her very closely. Thanks - Danika
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I was thinking about going on a retreat to help my relationship with God blossom. The thing is, I just don't exactly know how to go about this and if it would really help. If you've ever gone on one, maybe you can help me out. I went on one right before receiving my Confirmation, which was over 10 years ago, and I only went because we had to.

What kind of retreat should I go on? Do I have to go with my parish, or can I go alone? How much do they usually run? Are they a good idea, or a waste of time and money, and by that I mean would I be better off just going to church and praying on my own? I'd be giving up a weekend of lesson plans and grading papers, nothing too exciting.

Any advice and information would help!

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...but is there someone significant in the Catholic church named Paige or something like it? I had a dream the other night that someone gave me a prayer card and told me to pray to St. Paige. I never heard of a St. Paige before, but I looked under a directory of saints anyway and found nothing. It easily could have been my crazy mind, but who knows!

Thanks!

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(I wrote last week about wanting God back into my life)

First off, THANK YOU to anyone who offered advice and prayers. Just knowing that people were out there to listen helped me feel a little better.

I'm not where I want to be yet, nor am I close to where I had been before, but I've started reading some of the Bible again and I've been researching some new prayers and ordering some free books and prayer cards online. A lot of people in different communities urged me to find new ways to pray. Best of all, I'm no longer angry with God. I have some work to do, but for now, I'm ok.

Thanks again!

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Disappointment after disappointment, I don’t feel God in my life. I really want to come back to God, but it’s not easy. When I want to sit down and pray, I have the feeling that it’s just no use. I’ve really only felt close to God twice in my life (24 years and 2 days), and both times weren’t for very long. Another disappointment would occur and another prayer would be left unanswered and my faith would slowly dwindle away. I know we are told that God is always listening and deep down I know that He is, but I don’t feel Him. I feel ignored and alone. I feel that God is constantly rewarding some people while barely even batting an eye at others. Like I said, deep down, I know this isn’t true, but I can’t help but feel this way. I am hoping for a lot right now, and I would like to feel that God is behind me 100%, guiding me and supporting me. Anything you can offer would be fantastic and greatly appreciated.

Has anyone ever felt like this before?

Any advice and prayers you have to offer would be fantastic. I guess the fact that I want to come back is a good start, right?

Thank you so much in advance, and thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read my post.

Rachel
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I am in the process of making a tough decision and I really need some prayers. I am hoping and praying for the answer, but sometimes I feel like I need to do one thing, then sometimes I feel like I need to do something else, and I really need a clear direction. Thanks so much in advance!
Rachel
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