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"Near my bed I saw the Mother of God, clothed in white, vivid, real. She was without her child. I was happy. I forgot everything. Time seemed endless. She said: ‘I am your love! Don’t be afraid. Don’t doubt. My Son will be victorious. He has sanctified this place now for future life. The powers of darkness will be scattered. My Son is waiting for people to return to faith. Today, the sons of darkness are bolder than the sons of light. Even though...'" (the vision of Saint Valeriu Gafencu…

"Near my bed I saw the Mother of God, clothed in white, vivid, real. She was without her child. I was happy. I forgot everything. Time seemed endless. She said: ‘I am your love! Don’t be afraid. Don’t doubt. My Son will be victorious. He has sanctified this place now for future life. The powers of darkness will be scattered. My Son is waiting for people to return to faith. Today, the sons of darkness are bolder than the sons of light. Even though...'" (the vision of Saint Valeriu Gafencu…

The Iversk Icon of the Mother of God belonged to a pious Nicean widow (9th cent). When soldiers tried to take it and struck it with a spear, blood flowed from it. The widow cast the icon into the sea; floating, it reached Mount Athos. Monks saw a fiery pillar on the water and found the icon. Although they placed it inside the church, it was repeatedly found on its gate. In a vision, Virgin Mary told Monk Saint Gabriel she didn't want to be protected by the monastery, but the opposite. (Mar…

The Iversk Icon of the Mother of God belonged to a pious Nicean widow (9th cent). When soldiers tried to take it and struck it with a spear, blood flowed from it. The widow cast the icon into the sea; floating, it reached Mount Athos. Monks saw a fiery pillar on the water and found the icon. Although they placed it inside the church, it was repeatedly found on its gate. In a vision, Virgin Mary told Monk Saint Gabriel she didn't want to be protected by the monastery, but the opposite. (Mar…

“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father who is in Heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’" (Matthew 6:9)

“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father who is in Heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’" (Matthew 6:9)

Symbolism of the Blessing: "Fingers spell out 'IC XC,' a widely used 4-letter abbreviation of the Greek for Jesus (IHCOYC) Christ (XPICTOC), because it is by His name that we are saved and receive blessings: 'At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth' (Phil 2:10). The 3 fingers of Christ–as well as spelling out 'I' and 'X'–confess the Tri-Unity of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The touching finger...(link)"

Symbolism of the Blessing: "Fingers spell out 'IC XC,' a widely used 4-letter abbreviation of the Greek for Jesus (IHCOYC) Christ (XPICTOC), because it is by His name that we are saved and receive blessings: 'At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth' (Phil 2:10). The 3 fingers of Christ–as well as spelling out 'I' and 'X'–confess the Tri-Unity of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The touching finger...(link)"

5 reasons to go to Confession frequently  ~~ Connie Rossini  ~~   Frequent Confession is an important practice for everyone who seeks to grow closer to Christ.

5 reasons to go to Confession frequently ~~ Connie Rossini ~~ Frequent Confession is an important practice for everyone who seeks to grow closer to Christ.

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