Article 15 – Sacred Heart Promises
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Family Prayer and Devotion – The Sacred Heart

Ancient Devotion

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is best known to us today as it was revealed to St Margaret Mary Alacoque in the Convent of the Visitation Sisters at Paray-le-Monial in France, from 1671 until her death in 1690. As we have seen in previous articles, this was not a new devotion as it had been practised by St Gertrude and St Mechtilde in the late thirteenth century. I have also recently obtained a book called ‘Ancient Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus’ which is a collection of prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus composed by individual Carthusian Monks the earliest of which was composed by Ludolph of Strasbourg who died in 1378.Read the rest

Article 14 – Marriage! The Sacred Heart
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Family Prayer and Devotion – The Sacred Heart.

It’s not easy to be Catholic.

It has never been easy to live life as a Catholic and this is still true today, especially in Ireland, where hostility to the Catholic Faith seems to have reached an all time high amongst the Irish and the faith is regularly derided by those who do not believe and is often poorly presented or distorted by those who do believe in order not to cause offence to secularists. In the prayer, Hail Holy Queen, we recall that we are banished, that we live in a vale of tears and that we are in exile.Read the rest

Article 13 – Marriage! Sacred Heart
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Marriage a gift from God – Family Prayer and Devotion.

The Essential Nature of Marriage.

Through Sacred Scripture we discovered the essential nature of marriage. Children are the primary end of marriage therefore; marriage must always remain open to life; marriage can only be between one man and one woman; marriage is for life; marriage is indissoluble; those who wish to marry must be free to marry and the consent given to marry must be given freely. We discovered Christ’s teaching on marriage through the Gospels and we looked at some of the advice given by Saints Peter and Paul on how best to live the married state.Read the rest

Article 12 – Marriage! St Paul again
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Husbands, Love your Wives.

We now return to St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians where he addresses husbands and wives. This time we will look first to what St Paul says to the husbands.

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the church, and delivered himself up for it: That he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life: That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy, and without blemish. So also ought men to love their wives as their own bodies.Read the rest

Article 11 – Marriage! A Clarification and some musings
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A Clarification regarding Separation.

Before continuing with St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians I would like to make a little clarification based on some recent feedback I received on one of these articles. Indeed I welcome any and all feedback that readers may have and I have included an e-mail address (john@truedevotions.ie) where I may be contacted, or if you you would prefer to send a letter to me my address is, 21 Glenbrook, Knock Claremorris, Co Mayo F12 NW20.

The article in question was about the life of Blessed Elizabeth Canori Mora and the feedback concerned the fact that she told her confessor that she did not want a legal separation from her husband.Read the rest

Article 10 – Marriage! According to St Paul
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St Paul on Marriage

St Paul has a lot to say to husbands and wives throughout his writings. Much of what St Paul says in this regard is seen as being contentious in our day. St Paul speaks plainly and very bluntly. He doesn’t beat around the bush but is very direct is what he has to say. St Paul is often accused of being misogynistic on account of what he says concerning women. “Let women keep silence in the churches”, “Let women be subject to their husbands”, “but I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to use authority over the man”.Read the rest

Updating Blog, Shop and Site
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Here in Ireland, I write a column on marriage for a Catholic fortnightly paper called ‘The Catholic Voice’.  I am hoping to make all of these articles available on the website and I managed to post another three today.  You can download those posted so far in .pdf format from the ‘marriage articles’ link at the top of the page.

I have also managed to put a few more sacred art pictures up for sale.  These are available as photographic quality prints via the webshop

May God bless you

John… Read the rest

Article 9 – Marriage! The Salvation of Souls
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The Call to be Faithful

The two previous articles in this series explored two extraordinary wives, Blessed Elisabeth Canori Mora and the Servant of God Elisabeth Leseur, who loved their husbands despite all the odds, and who, through their heroic sacrifices, obtained the conversion of these men both of whom ended their lives as priests of the Holy Catholic Church. Just imagine for a moment how the lives of these four spouses would have turned out if these two wives had refused to take up the cross fashioned for them on the day they took their marriage vows. Think of the eternal consequences and of the many souls, now saved through the example and advice of these women, who may have been lost if these women had chosen differently.Read the rest

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