Apocalyptic Elections

Resources for Prayer, Devotions & Fasting Practices.

3-month Challenge

A 3 Fold Plan for 3 Full Months…See What Happens:

#1 Attend (if possible) a Latin Mass once a week.  Here is a Latin Mass locator.  Other options depending on location (my preferred order): Eastern Catholic, FSSP, SSPX or non-Marxist Novus Ordo (might be tough these days).  Don't feel compelled to be out-going (unless you want to). You can sit in the back corner and stay hidden if you'd like; just be there and absorb it.  If all else fails you can watch live streams for the interim ; here is a good channel for that.

#2 Pick a few simple prayers and say them as the first thing you do when you wake up (i.e. don't grab your iPhone and check your email first).  I personally do: One Our Father, one Hail Mary, one Glory Be, and one St. Michael prayer.

#3 Say a full Rosary (in whatever form works to start) once per day.  [see Rosary section below]

Alternative and/or Additional Options:  

 

Do some form of fasting.

 

I'm always an advocate for adapting things to personal taste / situation as long as there is a reverence still intact. The point is self-reflection, humility and repentance for 'errors' etc.  That will obviously manifest differently for each person, but the fundamentals should always be there.

If your of a more Protestant or Jewish background and feel a little odd about Catholic practices, I'd suggest just starting with Psalms.  You can also add Proverbs if you like.  Instead of Mass make a particular devotion on Sabbath days.  

You can add Psalms in very simple ways, such as: say at least two Psalms with the Rosary (before or after, doesn't matter).  You can also add 15min or more of Psalms prayer on occasion when convenient; Sundays would obviously be the best option for longer sessions.  [see Psalms section below]

 

You can also use Rosary beads to substitute Psalms for Hail Mary prayers. Obviously, I'd recommend the Catholic practices, but just doing something consistent each day and something extra on the Sabbath is much better than nothing.

There's also many other additional prayers that could be used. The point is to keep the fundamentals consistent and simple, and pick what works best for you to simply establish a routine.

I'll add a video soon with my own personal ways of deliberating these things.

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fasting

A few articles on Catholic fasting:

 

 USCCB  Simply Catholic EWTN  

IMO fasting doesn't need to be complicated.  People can often get overwhelmed, so I personally suggest simply just doing something that is a challenge but not unrealistic.  These things will vary depending upon your own situation. 

I'll add a video soon with my own personal ways of deliberating these things.

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RECOMMENDED BIBLES

Douay Rheims Bible

Options to Buy (non-Amazon):  Tumblar House   Catholic Company

Older Catholic Bible [personal preference and usually fairly inexpensive on Ebay, etc.]Holy Bible New Catholic Edition Illustrated 1954 Pope Pius XII Catholic

Ignatius New Testament Catholic Study Bible

 

Info & Details:  Ignatius Press

Options to Buy (non-Amazon):  Catholic Company 

 

Day of Rest Bible Study Series

Sign up for an Initiate Membership @ $12 per year to gain access to this series, which goes through Catholic teaching using this study bible as a guide.

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PSALMS by Category

Suggested Psalms for Prayer

 [Douay Rheims numbering ; most Psalms in Protestant Bibles will be one number higher]

 

Repentance, Penance, Contrition & Sorrow ["Penance, Penance, Penance…"]

 

Psalms: 6, 31, 37, 43, 50, 78, 129, 136, 142

King David & Israel’s Battles [substitute Trump for David, Israel for MAGA and Marxist Revolutionaries as David & Israel's enemies ; see what happens…]

 

Psalms: 7, 19, 25, 26, 34, 54, 56, 58, 59, 88, 131

Divine Judgement & Punishment of the Wicked

 

Psalms: 51, 52, 57, 63, 73, 82, 93, 105, 108, 119

Divine Protection

 

Psalms: 11, 22, 24, 69, 90, 120, 124, 128, 140

Help During Danger, Persecution & Tribulation

 

Psalms: 9B, 12, 16, 21, 27, 38, 53, 55, 68, 70, 87, 101, 139, 141

The Lot of the Righteous & the Wicked

Psalms: 1, 14, 35, 36, 48, 72, 81, 89, 100, 111, 118, 130

Divine Guidance & Trust

 

Psalms: 4, 10, 30, 32, 41, 42, 45, 74, 76, 85, 104, 113B, 114, 122, 143, 145

Salvation & Redemption

 

Psalms: 3, 13, 23, 33, 39, 40, 61, 62, 83, 84, 110, 123, 126

Universal Kingdom of Christ the King & Conversion

 

Psalms: 2, 15, 46, 60, 66, 71, 79, 92, 94, 95, 96, 109, 116, 121, 132

 

God’s Glory & Works

 

Psalms: 8, 18, 28, 47, 86, 91, 113A, 138, 144

Thanksgiving

Psalms: 9A, 17, 20, 29, 77, 106, 117, 125, 135, 137, 146, 147

Praise, Gratitude, Joy & Victory

 

Psalms: 4, 44, 49, 64, 65, 67, 75, 80, 97, 98, 99, 102, 103, 107, 112, 115, 127, 133, 134, 148, 149, 150

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Fatima Devotions & Message

Resources & Suggestions

Rosary:  One of the most basic and fundamental Fatima devotions.  Here are a few web resources that have all the necessary information you need:

 Rosary Center For Dummies  Marians 

Simple Suggestions to Get Started:  

 

1) Don't overcomplicate it.  If it's easier just say the prayers without the Mysteries, just do that and get in the habit of doing one full Rosary each day.  

 

2) If you miss a day try to make it up on the following day to make it up.  However, if that overwhelms you just skip it and get back on track.  Try to shoot for 75-80% consistency (e.g. 3 out of 4 or 4 out of 5 days you are able to do a full Rosary).

3) As you solidify the habit start to incorporate more elements such as:  The Mysteries, "Oh My Jesus" Fatima prayer (after the Glory Be), Novenas, group prayer, Scripture passages, Latin prayers, etc.

Additional Options During Prayer:  

 

1)  Burn incense.  You can also ask a Catholic priest to bless any items you use.

 

2) Listen to Catholic chants / hymn music.  Here is a playlist with some options.  Here is an album I own that I think is excellent (an inexpensive).

3) Have Icons or Mysteries artwork present.

Scapular:  Another Fatima devotion.  It's a little more complex.  Here are is a FAQ resource that has all the necessary information:  Sisters of Carmel

Personal Note: I have a Brown Scapular and wear it.  However, I don't have all the requirements in order at the moment though am working towards them.  As previously mentioned, I don't think it's wise to overwhelm yourself.  It's better to get up to speed at your own pace and focus on one thing at a time.  As long as you are making steady progress – despite ups and downs – that is the key factor IMO.

Get a Rosary, Scapular etc.

Here are a few companies that you can support to avoid Amazon, etc.:

 

 Catholic Company EWTN Store Sisters of Carmel (Handmade) 

You can likely get a free Rosary etc. from your local Catholic Church.  If you donate to Pro-Life Catholic organizations you will often get free paraphernalia in the mail which often includes Rosaries.  America Needs Fatima has many options for inexpensive resources if you give a small donation.

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Video Summaries

NOTE:  When I mentioned 150 beads for 150 Psalms, Rosaries have 50 beads for Hail Mary, so you'd need to go through three times.  Here's an article on the evolution of prayer beads, Psalms and Rosary prayers.

Sáncte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in proélio, cóntra nequitiam et insídias diabólica estou præsídium.  Ímperet ílio Déus, súpplices deprecámur: tuque, prínceps militiæ cæléstis, Sátanam aliósque spíritus malígnos, qui ad perditiónem animárum pervagántur in múndo, divína virtúte, in inférnum detrúde.  Ámen.