Catholic Survival Tip #6 for the Church Militant

Posted: November 9, 2013 in Uncategorized
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The Lord said come to the fountain all of you who are thirsty, and when His heart was pierced there flowed blood and water.  Water is used for washing and for purifying, when it is blessed it works likewise but also in a spiritual manner.

Holy Water may be obtained at your local parish. It has been used from the earliest centuries in Church history. This sacramental can be used daily to bless oneself, by making the sign of the cross, or objects and dwelling places.  Holy Water is very powerful when used to bless the sick or those who suffer from depression.  The priest blessing of  the water is what makes it “holy” and gives it the powerful properties for such rites of use, like the sacrament of Baptism.  Adding exorcised salt to the water, increases the ability to combat evil.

Ordinary holy water is blessed with a small mixture of salt as a preservative.  Baptismal water is blessed with a slight mixture of “chrism” (a mixture of olive oil and balsam) and “oil of catechumens” (typically olive oil) that has been blessed by a bishop at a Chrism Mass during the most recent Passion Week.  Holy water may be used to sanctify a variety of objects or activities.  However, whether used to bless objects employed to promote prayer, to baptize, or to remind ourselves of our baptismal promises as we dip our finger in holy water and make the sign of the cross when entering a church, the implied petition is the same – a prayer to be spiritually cleansed – a plea to be washed clean by Christ Jesus.

Holy water is a sacramental that remits venial sin. Because of the blessing attached to it, Holy Church strongly urges it’s use upon Her children, especially when dangers threaten, such as fire, storms, sickness, discord and other calamities. Every Catholic home should always have a supply of Holy Water. Did we realize now, as we shall after death, the many benefits which may be derived from Holy Water, we would use it far more frequently, and with greater faith and reverence.

Holy Water has its great power and efficacy from the prayers of the Church. Following, are some of the petitions the priest makes to God when he blesses water: “O 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 houses or possessions of the faithful may be sprinkled by this water, so that health which they seek by calling upon Thy Holy Name may be guarded from all assaults.”

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 blessed water.

Holy Water, sprinkled with faith and piety, can move the Sacred Heart to bless your loved ones, present or absent, and protect them from all harm of soul and body. When worry and fear take possession of you, give your dear ones the benefit of the Church’s prayer.

Only in Purgatory can one understand how ardently a poor soul longs for Holy Water. If we desire to make a host or intercessors for ourselves, let us never forget them at the Holy Water font. The holy souls nearest to Heaven may need the sprinkling of only one drop to release them.

Prayer when blessing oneself with Holy Water:

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

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