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How St. Joseph And The Blessed Virgin Mary Saved Family Home From California Wild Fire Through The Rosary

How St. Joseph And The Blessed Virgin Mary Saved Family Home From California Wild Fire Through The Rosary

Rosary Brings ‘Miraculous’ Help for Family in Napa Wildfire.

The charred Marian Statue around the Omlin’s home after the California wildfire


How prayer saw one domestic church through the inferno.

NAPA, Calif. — As the wildfires devoured acreage in Northern California and were greedily heading for the Omlin family’s home in Napa, the family came through unharmed in what they consider to be miraculous fashion.

Escaping with their lives with only minutes to spare, Drs. Kenny and Ninveh Omlin, their two children and Kenny’s parents and brother all survived. And they credit the Blessed Mother, the Rosary and St. Joseph for their safety.

Ninveh gave the Register a vivid timeline of harrowing events. About 10pm Oct. 8, as 2-week-old Jonah and 20-month-old Noah were sleeping peacefully and everyone else in the household was settling in for the night, the phone rang.

“No one calls around 10-ish unless something is wrong,” Ninveh said. Her nanny phoned to alert them that as she was driving back to her home, also in Napa, she saw a fire not far from the Omlins’ house. Looking outside, the couple could see no evidence of Atlas, as this wildfire was called, so they didn’t think much of it.

Then came a second call. Still, all the Omlins could see from their bedroom window was an orange glow in the sky.

Fleeing the Flames

Hours later, Ninveh recalled, “Looking out the window, Kenny turns to me and says, ‘We’ve got to go.’”

Immediately, Ninveh added, “He got his wedding ring, and I got mine.” She concentrated on getting the children in her car while Kenny ran to the in-law unit, where his parents, Karl and Kathy, and his brother, also named Karl, live. He aided his elderly parents and his brother, who has Down syndrome, out of the residence. It was 3am.

With the children safely in their car seats, Ninveh ran back into the house.

“I grabbed my pink rosary, which I had for years since medical school,” she said, “and some water and diapers for the kids.” She also scooped up their cat.

“I did not know about the situation with the Rosary and his mom,” Ninveh said, referring to how, during their evacuation to Kenny’s car and in the car, Kathy was praying.

Once everyone was in the cars, they drove to the property’s gates — and beheld the inferno. “It really was scary to see a fire rage that way,” Ninveh said. “It was out of this world — shocking.”

As Kathy continued praying the Rosary, Ninveh called her mother, Shimeran: “Mom, please pray.” Shimeran started praying, and people began messaging that they, too, were praying. “What a support system it was to have that,” Ninveh said.

But the electronic gate wouldn’t open — the electricity had gone out.

Providentially, a month before, a repairman showed Kenny how to manually unlock and crank the gates open.

“Everybody was praying the Rosary,” Kenny said, as he opened the gates.

The next stop was to get to the house of the family’s nanny, who had first alerted them. It was 4am. “Kenny’s mom was sitting there and still had the rosary beads in her hands,” Ninveh said. “Her lips were moving, praying.” Kathy never stopped praying.

Prayer has always been a must-have for Kathy, especially the Rosary.

“Any time there is anything I’m not able to grasp or figure out or I get stressed about, I start praying the Rosary,” Kathy explained. “The Rosary has always been my comfort, working through any challenge that came up.”

Amazing Events Continue

Cal Fire (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) reported that more than 51,000 acres in the area burned, as scores of homes were destroyed. Days later, when the Omlins returned home to assess the damage, they found their home virtually untouched. The in-law unit was untouched, too.

In one large area, the fire raced up to their wire deer fencing, and then, for no explicable reason, the flames just stopped. Ninveh attributed the outcome to “Kenny’s mom praying and my mom praying.”

Kenny believes his house was saved by the Rosary, too.

Enter St. Joseph. Ninveh recalled that, before leaving the property, “I prayed to St. Joseph, imagining him stopping the fire and drawing a line in the sand that said: ‘Do not cross.’”

“On one side of the fence, everything was black,” Ninveh said with amazement. “And on the other side, nothing.”

She recounted her family’s devotion to St. Joseph as well as “always being close to the Blessed Virgin Mary.” The devotion had close connections to her own birth and those of her two siblings.

Her mother sought intensely the intercession of St. Joseph and Our Lady to be able to have children.

Ninveh recounted that in her mother’s “dreams she saw the Virgin Mary speaking to her but couldn’t understand her. Shortly after that, she conceived me.”

Ninveh and Kenny grew up in faith-filled homes and have made theirs faith-filled, too — the Omlins express their faith on their property by having a large statue of the Blessed Mother on the grounds near their house.

“The statue stands at the fire line,” Kenny said. “She is charred. All the structures are unscathed.”

“Our Virgin Mary statue looked like the Black Madonna,” Ninveh added. “In front of her, it’s still green. There was a tree next to her that was on fire and fell on the roof of the in-law unit, but nothing burned. To see the statue of the Virgin Mary standing there with the ash on her like the Black Madonna gives me goosebumps. It’s the power of prayer.”

This article was originally written by Joseph Pronechen for National Catholic Register (NCR).



Does Mary Pray The Rosary?

Does Mary Pray The Rosary?

Does Mary pray the rosary?

Is Mary praying the Rosary to herself?

Both in art and during apparitions, Our Lady often carries a rosary.
In Western art Mary is frequently depicted in statues and paintings carrying a rosary. It is a popular image, one that has been confirmed with the apparitions of Lourdes and Fatima; on both those occasions the Virgin Mary appeared holding a rosary.

To some it is a strange composition, as it might suggest Our Lady was praying the “Hail Mary” to herself, an action that wouldn’t match up with Mary’s selfless humility, or really make much sense.

In order to understand the reason for the artistic choice it is important to look at what happened at Lourdes and Fatima. By doing so we realize that she isn’t praying to herself, but teaching us how to pray.

About Lourdes, St. Bernadette gives us the following testimony:

“Without thinking of what I was doing, I took my rosary in my hands and fell on my knees. The Lady made a sign of approval with her head and took into her hands a rosary which hung on Her right arm. When I attempted to begin the rosary and tried to lift my hand to my forehead, my arm remained paralyzed, and it was only after the Lady had signed herself that I could do the same. The Lady left me to pray all alone; she passed the beads of her rosary between her fingers but she said nothing; only at the end of each decade did She say the ‘Gloria’ with me. When the recitation of the rosary was finished, the Lady returned to the interior of the rock and the golden cloud disappeared with her.”

Bernadette explains how she prayed the rosary alone, while the Virgin Mary only joined in for the “Glory Be” prayer at the end of each decade. She also notes how she wasn’t able to start the rosary until Our Lady made the Sign of the Cross.

One of the primary requests of Mary at Lourdes was simply, “Pray for sinners.”
The apparitions at Fatima were much different, including longer conversations with the Virgin Mary.

She first appeared when the three children were praying a truncated version of the Rosary and she held a rosary in her hands. In subsequent apparitions Our Lady appeared only after the children finished praying the Rosary.

Our Lady of Fatima repeatedly asked the children, “Say the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and an end to the war,” and also, “Make sacrifices for sinners.”

In the end, then, it is clear that the Virgin Mary is holding a rosary so as to encourage us to pray the Rosary.

She does not pray the “Hail Mary” of each decade, but still accompanies us as a loving mother, guiding our hands when they fall limp.

Our Lady is a great teacher and as Pope Francis said in 2013, “The Rosary is a school of prayer, the Rosary is a school of faith!”





​Things to Do During Private Eucharistic Adoration

​Things to Do During Private Eucharistic Adoration

Fr. Benedict Groeschel points out in the book, “In the Presence of Our Lord : The History, Theology and Psychology of Eucharistic Devotion” that there are “four kinds of prayer most appropriate in the presence of the Eucharist, namely adoration and praise, thanksgiving, repentance and trusting intercession.” Accordingly, here are suggestions for what to do during private Eucharistic adoration.
1. Pray the Psalms or the Liturgy of the Hours

Whether you are praising, giving thanks, asking for forgiveness or seeking an answer, you’ll find an appropriate psalm. The ancient prayer of the Church called the Liturgy of the Hours presents an excellent way to pray through the Book of Psalms throughout the year.
2. Recite the “Jesus Prayer”

Say “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner”, repeatedly as you quiet your heart and mind.
3. Meditate using Scripture

Choose a passage from the Bible. read the words and ask God to let the passage speak to you. Pay special attention to anything that strikes you and ask God what He wishes for you to draw from that message.
4. Read the life of a saint and pray with him or her

Most holy men and women have had a great devotion to Our Lord in the Eucharist. Therese of Lisieux, Catherine of Siena, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Peter Julian Eymard, Dorothy Day. Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Baroness Catherine de Hueck are just a few. Read about them and pray their prayers before the Blessed Sacrament.
5. Pour out your heart to Christ and adore Him

Speak to Jesus, aware that you are in His presence, and tell Him all that comes to your mind. Listen for His response. Pray the prayer that St. Francis instructed his brothers to pray whenever they were before the Blessed Sacrament: “I adore You, O Christ, present here and in all the churches of the world, for by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.”
6. Ask for forgiveness and intercede for others

Think of those who have hurt you and request a special blessing for them. Ask God to forgive you for all the times you have neglected or hurt someone else. Bring before the Blessed Sacrament all those who have asked you to pray for them. Ask the Lord to address their concerns.
7. Pray the Rosary

Pope John Paul II reminds us, “…is not the enraptured gaze of Mary as she contemplated the face of the newborn Chris and cradled him in her arms that unparalleled model of love which should inspire us every time we receive Eucharistic communion?” (The Church and the Eucharist, 55) Ask Mary to join you as you gaze on Christ in the Eucharist and as you pray the Rosary.
8. Sit quietly and just “be” in the presence of God

Think of a visit to the Blessed Sacrament as coming to see your best friend. Sit quietly and enjoy being in each other’s company. Instead of talking to the Lord, try listening to what He wants to tell you.

Adoration Prayer – by Saint Faustina

I adore You, Lord and Creator, hidden in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I adore You for all the works of Your hands, that reveal to me so much wisdom, goodness and mercy, O Lord. You have spread so much beauty over the earth and it tells me about Your beauty, even though these beautiful things are but a faint reflection of You, incomprehensible Beauty. And although You have hidden Yourself and concealed Your beauty, my eye, enlightened by faith, reaches You and my soul recognizes its Creator, its Highest Good, and my heart is completely immersed in prayer of adoration.
My Lord and Creator, Your goodness encourages me to converse with You. Your mercy abolishes the chasm which separates the Creator from the creature. To converse with You, O Lord, is the delight of my heart. In You I find everything that my heart could desire. Here, Your light illumines my mind, enabling it to know You more and more deeply. Here streams of graces flow down upon my heart. Here my soul draws eternal life. O my Lord and Creator, You alone, beyond all these gifts, give Your own self to me and unite Yourself intimately with Your miserable creature.
O Christ, let my greatest delight be to see You loved and Your praise and glory proclaimed, especially the honor of Your mercy. O Christ, let me glorify Your goodness and mercy to the last moment of my life, with every drop of my blood and every beat of my heart. Would that I be transformed into a hymn of adoration of You. When I find myself on my deathbed, may the last beat of my heart be a loving hymn glorifying Your unfathomable mercy. Amen. 

Adoration Prayer -II

I adore You, O Jesus, God of Love, truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I adore You Who has come to Your Own but were not received by them. I adore You, Whom the majority of mankind rejected and despised. I adore You, Whom the impious incessantly are offend by their sacrileges and blasphemies. I adore You, Who are grieved by the coldness and indifference of a vast number of Christians. 

I adore You, O Infinite Goodness, Who has wrought so many miracles, in order to reveal Your love to us. I adore You, with all the angels and saints, and with those chosen souls that are now already the blessed of Your Father and are all aglow with burning love for You. I adore You with all Your friends, O Jesus! With them I prostrate myself at the foot of the Altar, to offer You my most profound homage, to receive Your Divine Inspiration, and to implore Your grace. Oh, how good it is for me to be here with You! How sweet to hear the Voice of my Beloved! 

O Victim of Divine Love! A piercing cry breaks forth from Your Heart here on the Altar, as it once did on Calvary; it is the cry of Love; “I thirst,” You call to Your children, “I thirst for Your love! Come all, whom I love as My Father has loved Me; come and quench the thirst that consumes Me!
Lord Jesus, behold I come. My heart is small, but it is all Yours. You are a prisoner in our Tabernacles, You the Lord of Lords! And love it is, that holds You here as such! You leave the Tabernacle only to come to us, to unite Yourself with the faithful soul and allow Your Divine Love to reign within. 

O King of Love! Come, live and reign in me. I want no other law but the law of Your Love! No, no, I henceforth desire to know nothing, neither of this world nor of what is in it, nor of myself; Your Love alone shall rule in me eternally.
O Jesus, grant me this grace! Break all my fetters, strip me of all that is not of Yourself, in order that Your Love may be my life here below, and my happiness and delight in eternity, Amen.
Litany of the Blessed Sacrament
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven,  
(response: Have mercy on us.)      

God the Holy Spirit,

Hol Trinity, one God,

Living Bread, that came down from heaven,

Hidden God and Savior,

Corn of the elect,

Wine whose fruit are virgins,

Bread of fatness, and royal delicacies,

Perpetual Sacrifice,

Clean oblation,

Lamb without spot,

Most pure Feast,

Food of Angels,

Hidden Manna,

Memorial of the wonders of God,

Supersubstantial Bread,

Word made flesh,

Sacred Host,

Mystery of faith,

Most high and adorable Sacrament,

Most holy of all sacrifices,

True Propitiation for the living and the dead,

Heavenly Antidote against the poison of sin,

Most wonderful of all miracles,

Most holy commemoration of the passion of Christ,

Gift transcending all fullness,

Special memorial of divine love,

Affluence of divine bounty,

Most august and holy mystery,

Medicine of immortality,

Tremendous and life-giving sacrament,

Bread made flesh by the omnipotence of the word,

Unbloody sacrifice,

Our feast at once and our fellow-guest,

Sweetest banquet, at which angels minister,

Sacrament of piety,

Bond of charity,

Priest and victim,

spiritual sweetness tasted in its proper source,

Refreshment of holy souls,

Viaticum of those who die in the Lord,

Pledge of future glory,
Be merciful, spare us, O Lord.

Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Lord.
(response for below: O Lord, deliver us.)
From an unworthy reception of Your body and blood,

From the lust of the flesh,

From the lust of the eyes,

From the pride of life,

From every occassion of sin,

Through the desire by which You desired to eat this passover with Your disciples,

Through the profound humility by which You washed their feet,

Through that ardent charity by which You instituted this divine sacrament,

Through Your precious blood which You have left us on our altars,

Through the five wounds of this Your most holy body which You received for us,
We sinners,       
(response: We beesech You, hear us.)   
That You would preserve and increase our faith, reverence, and devotion toward this sacrament,

That You would conduct us, through a true confession of our sins, to a frequent reception of the holy Eucharist,

That You would deliver us from all heresy, evil, and blindness of heart,

That You would impart to us the precious and heavenly fruits of this most holy sacrament,

That at the hour of death You would strengthen and defend us by this heavenly Viaticum,
Son of God, Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world : Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world : Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world : Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.
V.  You gave them bread from heaven,

R.  Containing in itself all sweetness.


O God, in this wonderful sacrament You left us a memorial of Your passion.  Grant us so to venerate the sacred mysteries of Your body and blood that we may ever continue to feel within us the blessed fruit of Your redemption Who lives and reigns forever and ever.  Amen.

How To Approach Jesus Through The Virgin Mary In Five Simple Ways

How To Approach Jesus Through The Virgin Mary In Five Simple Ways

In God’s infinite wisdom, He decided to come into the world to save all of humanity in His Incarnation, but also through the generous “Yes” and collaboration of Mary. Mary is the Mother of God, the Mother of the Church, and she is our Mother in the order of grace!

The saints, the true friends of God and our models and patterns to imitate, unanimously agree on the indispensable role that God has chosen in choosing Our Lady, Mary most holy, as a surest means and instrument for our eternal salvation. Why not follow in the footsteps of the saints and skyrocket in holiness? By giving ourselves to Jesus through the hands and Immaculate Heart of Mary we will be travelling speedily on the highway to holiness which ends up in heaven—our eternal resting place!

Let us meditate upon what five of the saints have said in their effusive love for Mary and Jesus the Son of Mary; then we will present five concrete ways that we can live our consecration to Jesus through Mary, God’s masterpiece of creation! Behold the saints and their love and confidence in Mary!

“We must look upon Mary as an accomplished model of every virtue and perfection that the Holy Spirit has fashioned in any simple creature. We will then be able to imitate her in the way suitable to each of us.” (St. Louis Grignion de Montfort) The author of the Marian classic of consecration: True Devotion to Mary.
“When Mary became the Mother of God, true God and true Man, she also became our Mother. In his great mercy, Jesus wished to call us His brothers and sisters, and by this name, He constituted us adopted children of Mary.” (St. John Bosco—founder of the Salesians and a great lover of Our Lady Help of Christians.)
“In danger, anguish or doubt think of Mary and call upon her. Following her, you will never lose your way. Praying to her, you will never sink into despair. Contemplating her, you will never go wrong.” (St. Bernard, saint, poet, writer, Doctor of the church and author of the famous Marian poem “Stella Maris”—Our Lady Star of the Sea.
“Blessed are those who abandon themselves into our Lady’s hands. Their names are written in the Book of Life.” (St. Bonaventure—Franciscan, Doctor of the Church)
“In His eagerness to show you mercy, God has given His Son as your Advocate. And then to make your confidence even stronger, He has given you another Advocate, who obtains through her prayers whatever she asks. Go to Mary, and you will see salvation.” (St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori—founder of the Redemptorist, prolific writer, author of one of the most famous Marian masterpieces—Glories of Mary, and Doctor of the Church.)
Overflowing with immense love for Jesus and Mary, the saints cannot contain their sentiments of love, admiration and confidence in Mary’s presence and intercession. Devotion and love for Mary leads us directly into the Heart of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The last recorded words of Our Lady in Sacred Scripture were at the Wedding Feast of Cana: “Do whatever He tells you.” (Jn. 2:5) Indeed, truly the best advice in the world!!!

Following we will offer five concrete ways that we can live out all the more fully our consecration to Jesus through the loving but extremely powerful presence of Mary, who is our life, our sweetness and our hope. (Prayer—the Hail Holy Queen).

1. Morning Consecration.

Upon rising from sleep the first gesture of our day should be to consecrate our whole person and being to the glory and honour of God through the intercession of Mary. Then a very important gesture is to always be wearing the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and to reverently kiss the Scapular. This “kiss” given to the Scapular clearly expresses our great love for Mary, the Mother of God. This will fill Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart of with immense joy! By kissing reverently the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel the Church grants a special indulgence—how important it is for the children to love Mother Mary.

2. Angelus.

Get into the habit of praying the beautiful Marian prayer, the Angelus. The past three Popes—St. Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and the present reigning Pontiff, Pope Francis, when they were not travelling, have the beautiful custom of praying the Angelus publically in the St. Peter’s Plaza at 12:00 noon on Sundays. The Angelus is a beautiful Marian and Christocentric prayer that summarizes the key moments in salvation history—the Incarnation of Jesus, as well as His Passion, Death and Resurrection (The Paschal Mystery) as well as Our Lady’s key role in these key and pivotal moments leading to our salvation!

A suggestion: try to memorize the Angelus. Then, if possible, get into the habit of praying the Angelus three times a day—morning( 9:00 a.m.) to sanctify the morning hours; noon (12:00 p.m.) to sanctify the afternoon; (6:00 p.m.) to sanctify the evening hours. By sanctifying these three pivotal hours by this key Marian and Christological prayer you will be living more and more in the presence of God’s loving embrace and grow in holiness of life. Try it!

3. Imitate Mary.

Indeed if we love a person we want to get to know the person better, love the person more ardently and finally to follow in this person’s footsteps and imitate his life. If we love Mary then we should make a concerted effort to imitate her most sublime virtues. In the classic Marian text, True Devotion to Mary, St. Louis de Montfort there is a number where the saint lists the ten most important virtues that Mary practised. Here they are her deep humility, lively faith, blind obedience, unceasing prayer, constant self-denial, surpassing purity, ardent love, heroic patience, angelic kindness, and heavenly wisdom.(True Devotion to Mary # 108) Knowledge generates love; love generates following; following generates imitation; imitation of Mary generates sanctification!

4. Maria cogita, Maria invoca.

One of the key Marian mottos of the Congregation the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, a Congregation dedicated to giving the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, as well as spreading solid and authentic Marian devotion is the Latin “Maria cogita, maria invoca”—meaning, think about Mary and invoke Mary. We should strive to have both Jesus and Mary in our mind, thoughts, feelings, heart as well as our actions. However, when we are going through serious trials, tribulations, desolations, as well as severe temptations that indeed is a key time that we should lift up our minds, hearts and souls to Mary and trust that through her powerful prayers she will help us to sail through those tempestuous and tumultuous storms to the harbor of salvation! We pray in the Memorare to Mary: “Never was it known that anyone who fled to her intercession was left unaided…”

5. The Hail Mary and the Rosary.

If we truly want to manifest our love and devotion to both Jesus and Mary then we should form the habit of praying the Most Holy Rosary on a daily basis. St. Pope John XXIII prayed three Rosaries ad day. He called the Rosary “a compendium of the whole Gospel.” Pope Leo XIII wrote many Encyclicals on the Rosary, always in the month of October which is the month of the Holy Rosary. Saint Pope John Paul II stated at the very beginning of his pontificate that the Rosary was his favourite prayer. The same Pope wrote a document “The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Rosary” in which he instituted the new series, the luminous mysteries.

John Paul, in this document on the Rosary, insisted on families praying the Rosary and for two specific intentions: for world peace and for the salvation of the family. The famous Rosary priest, Father Patrick Peyton expressed it succinctly in these two immortal sayings: “The family that prays together stays together.” And “A world at prayer is a world at peace.” Therefore if we want to attain peace in this war-engulfed society—let us pray the Rosary. Then if we want to save our children, our youth and our families, we must find time to pray the Rosary. At Fatima in 1917, Our Lady appeared six times the Shepherd children, Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia. Every time she appeared she said clearly: “Pray the Rosary!” Finally, at Fatima, she revealed her identity: “I am the Lady of the Rosary.” In sum, let us undertake these five concrete practices to live out our consecration to Jesus through Mary. If done, we are on the highway to happiness, holiness and heaven!

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