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How Attending The Holy Mass Prevented A Young Man From Dying

How Attending The Holy Mass Prevented A Young Man From Dying

Divine Providence never fails


ST. ELIZABETH was daughter of Peter III. king of Arragon, and granddaughter of James I, who had been educated under the care of St. Peter Nolasco, and was surnamed the Saint, and from the taking of Majorca and Valentia, Expugnator or the Conqueror. 

The queen (St. Elizabeth), had a very pious, faithful page, whom she employed in the distribution of her secret alms. A wicked fellow-page envying him on account of this favour, to which his virtue and services entitled him, treacherously suggested to his majesty that the queen showed a fondness for that page. 

The prince, who by his own sensual heart was easily inclined to judge ill of others, gave credit to the slanderer, and resolved to take away the life of the innocent youth. For this purpose he gave order to a lime-burner, that if on such a day he sent to him a page with this errand to inquire, “Whether he had fulfilled the king’s commands?” he should take him and cast him into the lime-kiln, there to be burnt; for that death he had justly incurred, and the execution was expedient for the king’s service. 

On the day appointed, he despatched the page with this message to the lime-kiln; but the devout youth on the road passing by a church, heard the bell ring at the elevation at mass, went in and prayed there devoutly; for it was his pious custom, if ever he heard the sign given by the bell for the elevation, always to go thither, and not depart till mass was ended. It happened, on that occasion, that as the first was not a whole mass, and it was with him a constant rule to hear mass every day, he stayed in the church, and heard successively two other masses. In the meantime, the king, who was impatient to know if his orders had been executed, sent the informer to the lime-kiln, to inquire whether his commands had been obeyed; but as soon as he had come to the kiln, and had asked the question, the man supposing him to be the messenger meant by the king’s order, seized him, and threw him into the burning lime, where he was soon consumed. Thus was the innocent protected by his devotion, and the slanderer was overtaken by divine justice. 

The page who had heard the masses went afterwards to the lime-kiln, and having asked whether his majesty’s commands had been yet executed, brought him word back that they were. The king was almost out of himself with surprise when he saw him come back with this message, and being soon informed of the particulars, he easily discovered the innocence of the pious youth, adored the divine judgments, and ever after respected the great virtue and sanctity of his queen.

St. Teresa Of Jesus Of Los Andes: Meet The Proud And Stubborn Girl Who Became A Saint

St. Teresa Of Jesus Of Los Andes: Meet The Proud And Stubborn Girl Who Became A Saint

Saint Teresa Of Jesus Of  Los Andes (13 July 1900 – 12 April 1920) – born as Juana Fernández Solar – (Spanish: Teresa De Jesús De Los Andes) was a Chilean professed religious Nun from the Discalced Carmelites. God transformed her feisty nature and opened her heart to deeper relationship with him.


Saints don’t always begin their lives with a halo. Such was the case of St. Teresa of the Andes, who was known as a proud, self-centered, vain and stubborn little girl. While she did possess an inclination to piety, she would often have outbursts of anger.

Born in 1900 to a well-off family in Santiago de Chile, Juanita (as she was affectionately known) enjoyed singing, dancing and horseback riding during her youth. She was an ordinary teenager, but was greatly influenced by the French religious sisters who taught her in school. By the age of 14 Juanita made a private vow of chastity and resolved to become a Discalced Carmelite nun. This decision may have been influenced by her reading of the Story of a Soul by St. Thérèse of Lisieux. She was struck by the little Carmelite nun and wanted to imitate her “little way.”

During the summers Juanita created her own backyard apostolate where she would teach catechism classes to children and lead a choir. She felt especially close to the poor and tried to help them in any way. The Vatican biography of her, offers a brief summary of this time in her life.

The holiness of her life shone out in the everyday occurrences, wherever she found herself: at home, in college, with friends, the people she stayed with on holidays. To all, with apostolic zeal, she spoke of God and gave assistance. She was young like her friends, but they knew she was different. They took her as a model, seeking her support and advice. All the pains that are part of living, Juanita felt keenly, and the happiness she enjoyed deeply, all in God.

In 1917 she contacted the Carmel of Los Andes and was certain that God was calling her to become a nun there. She was finally able to enter the convent in 1919 and received the name Teresa of Jesus. This fulfilled her longing to be more united with Jesus and took to heart the mission of a Carmelite to intercede for the world.

Teresa experienced great joy in the convent and wrote about it in a letter, “It is impossible to imagine how happy I am. I feel peace, so intimate a joy that I tell myself that if people in the world would see this happiness, all would run to shut themselves in convents.”

Shortly after her entrance it was clear to her that she would die in short time. Teresa had many health problems and these only increased while in the convent. However, it was not just her failing health that gave her a hint of what was to come; God also revealed to her that her time in this world was coming to an end.


She saw everything that happened to her as coming from the hand of God and joyfully looked for opportunities to offer sacrifice to him, “I can say that my life is a continuous prayer, for everything I do I do it out out of love for my Jesus.”


For her, life united to God was exactly what she desired and explained this joy in a letter, “I am the happiest creature. I don’t desire anything more because my whole being is satiated by God who is Love”.

On Good Friday, April 2, 1920, Teresa’s condition worsened and after doctors examined her, there was nothing they could do for her. As a result, she given permission to make her profession before death, passing away from this life on April 12, 1920. She was only 19 years old.

Teresa’s life was an inspiring one to many and she was canonized a saint of the Catholic Church in 1993.

-St. Teresa of Jesus Of The Andes, Pray For Us! 

Texas ‘Pastor’ Jailed For 99 Years For Starving Toddler To Death During Exorcism 

Texas ‘Pastor’ Jailed For 99 Years For Starving Toddler To Death During Exorcism 

Aracely Meza cradles the limp body of a 2-year-old boy, praying for God to bring the starved toddler back to life. 

The saddening moment was captured on videos that a Dallas County jury watched in March before finding the Balch Springs pastor guilty Friday of felony injury to a child causing serious bodily injury. 

The 52-year-old will serve 99 years in prison for Benjamin Aparicio’s starvation death, one month before his third birthday. Jurors also ordered Meza to pay a $10,000 fine.

Videos captured the hours-long resurrection ceremony Meza led after Benjamin died on March 22, 2015. In the video, the boy is frail, nothing but skin and bones. His clothes hang from his lifeless body. 

Weeks before his death, Meza had ordered that food be withheld from Benjamin for 21 days because she believed he was possessed by the “demon of manipulation.”

The 52-year-old woman’s trial offered a glimpse into the control she had over congregants of her church, Iglesia Internacional Jesus es el Rey. 

Her Balch Springs home, where the boy lived with his parents, served as a commune. 


Mesa separated parents from their children, including Benjamin while he was still being breastfed. Though his mother and father lived in the same home, they weren’t allowed to hold their child.

Many turned to the pastor of the evangelical nondenominational church because she claimed to be a prophet. She performed exorcisms and ordered people to fast.

Nazareth Zurita described feeling like she was in a “trance” when she lived in Meza’s house. She admitted she didn’t intervene while Benjamin was being starved.

Anytime someone questioned Meza, the pastor would say, “The devil is speaking through you. You’re the devil,” Zurita testified. Those who questioned Meza were questioning God. 

Zurita said she now realizes that Meza would use “distorted Scripture” to control the members of her church. Zurita called it “brainwashing.” 

Jurors watched videos of a starving Benjamin being held up and prayed over by Meza. They were also shown the video showing Meza trying to revive the dead child. 

A video shot the day he died shows Meza propping up the child, who had fallen on the kitchen floor. She then puts him over her knee, pulls down his pants and spanks him over and over. The boy cries.

Each video shows Benjamin unable to hold up his head. His collarbones jut out. His cheeks are sunken. His ears look too big for his head. His eyes dart around but never look directly at anyone or anything.

A photo of a healthy Benjamin shows the baby had chubby cheeks and a cute grin. 

Meza testified that God showed her what he wanted her to do, including who should fast. 

“It’s like inside yourself,” she explained through a translator. 

She said God told her Benjamin should start eating again. He was taken off his fast Feb. 13, 2015. 

“The spirit was telling me that Benjamin should start eating,” she said. 

But Meza would still keep food from the toddler. When he didn’t say “amen” after a prayer or didn’t use the restroom properly, she would take his food away. 

Dr. Suzanne Daikil, a child abuse pediatrician, analyzed the videos showing Benjamin, a “severely emaciated child.” 

“The child’s limp, like a rag doll,” she said. “I need him in my hospital.”Daikil said that if Benjamin had been taken to a doctor, he could’ve been saved.

A handwritten note on the refrigerator designated which days each person was expected to abstain from food. 

But Benjamin was the only one kept from food for so long. Prosecutor Rachel Burris asked Meza why she focused solely on Benjamin.

Meza just mumbled and looked down. She said that she realized after he died that she should’ve helped him. 

“I thought that God would wake him up,” she said, adding that she was “praying, thinking God would make a miracle.”

Zurita testified that Benjamin’s parents were afraid to report what was happening to their son or that he had died because they were unauthorized immigrants from Mexico.

Liliana and Zenon Aparicio are believed to still be living in Mexico and have not been arrested, though they face charges. The Aparicios and Meza took Benjamin’s body to Mexico to be buried.

Zurita, 38, was also charged with felony injury to a child. She has reached an agreement with prosecutors for a reduced charge. A guilty plea has not been finalized. 

“The state of Texas made a deal with a demon to get a bigger one,” Burris told jurors. Meza “allowed him to suffer, to waste away and die.” 

Defense attorney Charles Humphreys called Meza “a prisoner of her faith.” But prosecutor Patrick Capetillo argued that Benjamin’s death was not about faith. “This case is not about religion. This case is about control,” he said. 

Breaking! Former US First Lady Barbara Bush Dies At 92

Breaking! Former US First Lady Barbara Bush Dies At 92

Barbara Bush

The Matriarch of a Republican political dynasty and a first lady who elevated the cause of literacy, Barbara Bush, died Tuesday, according to a statement from her husband’s office. She was 92.

Only the second woman in American history to have had a husband and a son elected President (Abigail Adams was the first), Bush was seen as a plainspoken public figure who was instantly recognizable with her signature white hair and pearl necklaces and earrings. She became a major political figure as her husband, George H.W. Bush, rose to become vice president and president. After they left the White House, she was a potent spokeswoman for two of her sons — George W. and Jeb — as they campaigned for office.

Barbara and husband George Bush, with little George Bush Jr.


The mother of six children — one of whom, a daughter, Robin, died as a child from leukemia — Barbara Bush raised her fast-growing family in the 1950s and ’60s amid the post-war boom of Texas and the whirl of politics that consumed her husband.
She was at his side during his nearly 30-year political career. He was a US representative for Texas, UN ambassador, Republican Party chairman, ambassador to China and CIA director. He then became Ronald Reagan’s vice president for two terms and won election to the White House in 1988. He left office in 1993 after losing a re-election bid to Bill Clinton.

Quick-witted with a sharp tongue, the feisty Barbara Bush was a fierce defender of her husband and an astute adviser.

As first lady, her principal persona as a devoted wife and mother contrasted in many ways with her peer and predecessor, Nancy Reagan, and her younger successor, Hillary Clinton, both of whom were seen as more intimately involved in their husbands’ presidencies.

Still, Barbara Bush promoted women’s rights, and her strong personal views sometimes surfaced publicly and raised eyebrows — especially when they clashed with Republican Party politics. For instance, she once said as her husband ran for president that abortion should not be politicized.

She also was not shy about the possibility of a female president, disarming a Wellesley College audience at a 1990 appearance protested by some on campus who questioned her credentials to address female graduates aiming for the workplace.

“Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow my footsteps and preside over the White House as the president’s spouse.

“I wish him well,” she said.

Childhood and family life

Barbara Pierce was born June 8, 1925, in New York and raised in the upscale town of Rye. She attended a prestigious boarding school in South Carolina, where she met her future husband at a school dance when she was only 16 and he was a year older. A year and a half and countless love letters later, the two were engaged just before George Bush enlisted in the Navy and went off to fight in World War II.

Bush, who was the youngest fighter pilot in the Navy at the time, would return home a war hero, after being shot down by the Japanese. He had flown 58 combat missions and received the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery. By that time, Barbara had dropped out of Smith College and the pair were married in January 1945.

They raised their family mainly in Texas, where George H.W. Bush, the son of a US senator, was in the oil business and later entered politics.

Barbara Bush’s dedication to keeping order at home earned her the nickname “the enforcer.”

“We were rambunctious a lot, pretty independent-minded kids, and, you know, she had her hands. Dad, of course, was available, but he was a busy guy. And he was on the road a lot in his businesses and obviously on the road a lot when he was campaigning. And so Mother was there to maintain order and discipline. She was the sergeant,” George W. Bush told CNN in 2016.

With her husband as vice president in the 1980s, Bush adopted literacy as a cause, raising awareness and eventually launching the nonprofit Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. After George H.W. Bush’s presidency, he and Barbara raised more than $1 billion for literacy and cancer charities.

“I chose literacy because I honestly believe that if more people could read, write, and comprehend, we would be that much closer to solving so many of the problems that plague our nation and our society,” she said.

A writer, her books include an autobiography and one about post-White House life. Her children’s book about their dog, Millie, and her puppies written during her White House years was, as were her other books, a bestseller.

On the campaign trail

In 2001, when George W. Bush took office, Barbara Bush became the only woman in American history to live to see her husband and son elected president.

She campaigned for son George W. and fiercely defended him from critics after he became president.

Asked in a 2013 interview about the prospect that her younger son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, might mount a White House campaign in 2016, Bush quipped in her dry fashion, “We’ve had enough Bushes.”

But when Jeb decided to run, she changed her mind and campaigned for him, appearing in a video for Jeb Bush’s ultimately unsuccessful campaign, saying, “I think he’ll be a great president.”

She also was outspoken about Donald Trump. In one of her last interviews, the former first lady said in early 2016 she was “sick” of Trump, who belittled her son repeatedly during the 2016 GOP primary campaign, adding that she doesn’t “understand why people are for him.”

“I’m a woman,” she added. “I’m not crazy about what he says about women.”

Most recently, Bush published a note in the spring edition of Smith College’s alumnae magazine, where she declared: “I am still old and still in love with the man I married 72 years ago.”

The college awarded Bush an honorary degree in 1989.

Bush battled health problems for much of her later life. She was diagnosed in 1988 with Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disease that commonly affects the thyroid. She had open-heart surgery in 2009 and in 2008 underwent surgery for a perforated ulcer.

In her final years, she was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, better known as COPD, as well as congestive heart failure. But, along with her husband, she kept an active public schedule, raising money for charity.

Bush is survived by her husband, George H.W.; sons George W., Neil, Marvin and Jeb; daughter, Dorothy Bush Koch; and 17 grandchildren.

Rest In Peace, Barbara! 


Source:

(CNN)


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