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             His Eminence Archbishop-Primate +John Paul Hozvicka SCJ, D.D.

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God’s Blessings

Through His Priesthood

 

     Be assured that God’s blessing is real, an invisible holy force that works miracles, showers abundance and prosperity, converts people’s hearts, heals the sick, brings love and joy, alter events to bring about salvation, restores faith in souls, brings understanding and forgiveness between people, it provides protection against evil forces; God’s blessing brings us peace of mind and it brings us closer to our Creator. This is the divine spark of the human soul, to understand the reason and its purpose in its existence and to ultimately seek out its Creator and His love.


Seven Sacraments:

 

     The greatest of God’s blessing is found in the Church’s Seven Holy Sacraments which is given freely to God’s faithful people. The greatest of these seven sacraments is the Holy Eucharist where the faithful can partake of the essence, substance, spiritual love of the Creator that not only brings His blessings upon us but cleanses our conscious souls, strengthen our spirit and our faith. God’s blessing through the Holy Eucharist brings us closer to the love of our Creator. “Praise God who keeps us alive and sustains us unto this moment.”


     Pope Leo said “what was once visible has now passed on into the Sacraments.” As once Jesus walked among us teaching and healing being visible to all, we now can receive him through the Holy Eucharist and obtain his blessing through the Holy Sacraments. The Holy Sacraments are the real outward physical signs of God’s inward love and blessings.


“The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26).


The Holy Spirit:


     The Father and the Son both work their blessings through the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, the giver of life and who sustains us and if we let him, lives in us. The Holy Spirit works through Christ holy Church by way of its priesthood. 


“The angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35


“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." Acts 1:8


“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” Roman 8:1


"And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high." Luke 24:49


Authority Granted His Church:


    This authority of giving God blessing to his faithful was granted to the Church and works through its bishops which make up the Church as a whole and the power of the Holy Spirit flows down from the bishop to their priests who administered God blessings.  


Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and who’s soever sins ye retain, they are retained (St. John 20:21-23).

 

“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matt. 16:19


“Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.” Luke 9:1


“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” Acts 10:42.


     Authority has been given to the Catholic Church from Jesus Christ to St. Peter, and from St. Peter to the bishops of the Church through Apostolic Succession by way of the Holy Spirit. The word Catholic was coined by St. Ignatius in 110 AD on his way to Rome to be killed for his Christian faith, and he wrote “Where Jesus Christ is there is the Catholic Church.” But what constitute a Catholic Church? What makes you Catholic? The answer is simple 1.) You are Catholic by your faith in Jesus Christ, because Catholic and Jesus Christ cannot be separated, they work together. 2.) Your acceptance of the Nicene Creed is your outward sign as being Catholic, and 3.) Your communion with a bishop of the Catholic Faith with true Apostolic Succession wither this Bishop is Roman, Eastern Orthodox, Old and reform Catholic this makes you Catholic; to be in communion means to be one with your bishop, in humility, in love and in obedience.


     Many bishops of mother Church will disagree with me on this subject because they seek to control God faithful to the point you have to come to them and accept what their teaching in order to be Catholic. This has always been a problem with mankind, the desire to control other, they enjoy the feeling of power. The bishop who can trace his linage back to one of the Apostles has true Apostolic Succession that no man can deny and by his words, actions and deeds will show us his true communion of faith in Jesus Christ.


God Blessings:


     To receive God’s blessing is to receive God love and it makes us stand right before God as his child, whom he has always loved. As a child of God we receive temporal blessing here on earth, such as healing, prosperity, and other material things we need to live along with some spiritual blessing, such as a stronger faith, greater spiritual nature, enlightenment and mysticism, then the highest spiritual blessing the honor to be called to God ministry. As a child of God when we do wrong we suffer pain and punishment for our act of sin, and this suffering is also a form of blessing that we can learn from our actions.


God’s Action causes universal Reaction:


     When God acts upon our prayer request which was invoked through the name of Jesus Christ, God spoken word will then cause the universe to move, shift, and alter in the correct way so as to fulfill your prayer request and obtain the blessing you seek. All of the universe was created when God spoke it into existence and he sustained and uphold the universe and us by the power of his word.  The reaction is what we receive when God grants us our prayer then doors are open, opportunity manifest themselves, and blessings are received with abundance and our life is full of prosperity.


     You can go directly to God especially in times of an emergency and send God a prayer request and if it’s God’s will your blessing will be granted. Because you did not receive what you requested does not mean you didn’t receive God’s blessing. God knows what is good for us and not receiving what we asked for can also be looked as God’s blessing. The blessing here is one of love that keeps us safe and secure for had we received the desire we wanted it could have put our life in danger. A prayer intervention from God’s holy priest or of a holy Saint in heaven may get you faster and sometime better result for you.  Always remember, that the power of the Holy Spirit moves through the consecrated Bishop of Apostolic Succession down to the ordained priest; who both may administers God’s blessings.


Best way to receive God’s Blessing:


     God knows everything about us and our needs, but waits for you to talk to him, first seeking forgiveness of all your sins, second asking God for special blessing for other people like family, friends, and co-workers etc., and finally asking God for those things you personally need. This is done through the power of prayer. The interesting thing is that you’re not alone and if you allow the Holy Spirit to pray with you He will guide you into the correct words to use in your prayer according to your needs.

 

1.) The act of repetition, that is saying the same prayer over and over get better results.


2. Asking the Saints in Heaven to intervene in your behalf will also help greatly. Remember Jesus says in the New Testament “Pray for each other.” James 5:16. So if my friend Jim can pray for me, then why can’t I ask St. Enoch who walked with God for 300 years and God took him to heaven and ask him to pray for me (Gen 5:22-23) or St. Elijah whom God took up into heaven by a chariot of fire and ask him to pray for me (II Kings 5:11), or ask St. Joseph or the Blessed Mother Mary to pray for me.           

     

3. Ask your priest or family and friends to pray for you. James 5:15


4. To pray with a priest whose sole purpose in God’s ministry is to minister to your soul, the very essence of your being and to bring hope for you and possibly a solution for your problems and needs? God loves you all so very much and wants you to bring your problem and lay them at his feet so through his divine mercy and love can help you through difficult times of hardship, that he can strengthen you through faith and understanding.


Angels in heaven pray every day, so should we not follow their example and pray every day, believe in God, show your faith to him and watch the blessing fall upon you. Now I pray that this article has in some way inspired you and give you some enlightenment on God’s blessings.


When we pray we don’t just recite holy words but we participate in the prayer by first making the sign of the cross at the beginning and when we say Jesus name, and at the end of the prayer. When we make the sign of the cross please make it properly by first putting your thumb and first two fingers together representing the Holy Trinity, and then touching your forehead with them say “In the name of the Father” move the fingers down to your solar flex, then touch your right shoulder say “And of the Son” 


Note: always using the right shoulder because as it says in the creed Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father. So the right shoulder represents the Son.


Then move your fingers to the left shoulder and say “And of the Holy Spirit”. When you make the sign of the cross it is a proclamation of your faith and you are saying as an inward sign “I seal myself to these words as my own.