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Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Power of One Drop of Holy Water!

Every Catholic home always should have in it, a supply of holy water. We do not take advantage of the benefits derived from it. If we understood the many spiritual and temporal benefits, derived from its use, we would use it far more frequently, and with greater faith and reverence. Try now to understand, appreciate, and cultivate its use.
Among all the many sacramentals of the Church there is one so ordinary, so commonplace, and so readily accessible to everyone, that people are inclined to forget it and neglect using it. There is an untold wealth of spiritual riches concentrated in every drop of Holy Water.

Ancient Tradition

The frequent use of Holy Water is no recent innovation, but a time honored tradition in Holy Mother, the Church. It has been used in all Catholic churches and homes throughout the world since the very beginning of Christianity.

Why This Tremendous Power?

Holy Water has its great power from the prayer of Holy Mother, the Church. The two tiny elements of salt and water used in the blessing, signify the glorious mission of Holy Water for the purpose of purification and preservation of body and soul.
Following is one of the blessings the priest makes to God, when he blesses water. It is great!
"Oh, God, grant that this creature of Thine (water) may be endowed with divine grace to drive away devils and to cast out diseases; that whatever in the house or possessions of the faithful may be sprinkled with this water, may be freed from everything unclean and delivered from everything hurtful. Let everything that threatens the peace or safety of the dwellers therein be banished by the sprinkling of this water, so that the health which they seek by calling on Thy Holy Name may be guarded from all assault."

Prayers Used With Holy Water

Prayers ascend to Heaven each time you take Holy Water and sprinkle a drop, either for yourself or for another, whether he be present or absent; and God's blessings descend upon both body and soul.

Effects Of Holy Water

Some of the marvelous effects of the devout use of Holy Water are:

1) Remission of venial sins,
2) Remission of temporal punishment due to sin,
3) Expulsion of demons,
4) Healing of the sick in body and soul,
5) Averting dangers, both spiritual and temporal.

Did you know that when dangers threaten, such as fire, storms, sickness, discord, or other calamities, prayers joined with the devout use of holy water are highly efficacious?

Bless Yourself And Your Children

Those who are concerned about the absent members of their family can help them by praying for them, while making the Sign of the Cross with holy water, and begging God's blessing upon them.
No matter how distant be the person who is prayed for, the effects of the prayer of the Church in that tiny drop of holy water, reach them instantly! Shouldn't parents and friends be doing this repeatedly for those they love. It is careless, and even a lack of love, not to do so!
Holy Water, sprinkled with faith and piety, can move the Sacred Heart to bless your loved ones and protect them from all harm. When worry and fear take possession of your heart, run to your Holy Water Font and give your dear ones the benefit of the Church's prayers.

Blood Of Christ Attached To It

Our bodies and souls are daily exposed to danger. As often as we use holy water, or it is used for us, we are given strength to do good and avoid evil. St. Teresa of Avila used to say that she was ready to give her life for every drop of Holy Water, because the Blood of Christ was attached to it. Our Savior had to die upon the Cross to impart to Holy Water its power; therefore, it should be highly valued by us.
The prayer below was given an Imprimatur on 12/24/1939 by Bishop Thomas O'Leary, D.D., Bishop of Springfield, Ohio. It is simple.
Memorize it, and while sprinkling a drop of Holy Water on the ground for the poor souls in Purgatory and making the Sign of the Cross, say this precious prayer for your own soul.

"By this Holy Water and by Thy Precious Blood, wash away my sins, O Lord!"

Only in Purgatory can one understand how ardently a poor soul longs for Holy Water. If we desire to make a host of intercessors for ourselves, let us try to realize some of their yearnings, and never forget them at the Holy Water font. They may need the sprinkling of only one drop to relieve their pining souls!

The Devil Hates Holy Water

The devil hates Holy Water because of its power over him. He cannot long abide in a place or near a person that is often sprinkled with this blessed water, by himself or someone else.
The 101 Foundation www.101foundation.com has obtained two Holy Water fonts that do not run dry. They were designed by a caring priest. . . We placed one by the front door at Fatima House, and it is tremendous! +++