Paul Zucarelli describes himself as an ordinary man who died nine times and encountered God. After witnessing the heavenly realm, he now lives to provide testimony and witness to the Living God and salvation in Christ. Paul’s story is not just another near-death experience story—it’s also a story of faith.
Prayer & Fasting
To grow spiritually it is important to recognize and combat one’s root sin or sinful tendency. The root sin is that basic tendency or weakness that is at the deepest core of one’s sins and sinful inclinations. Recognizing and combating one’s root sinful tendency is vital if one is to grow spiritually.
Catholic sacramentals are all around us. Images and statues of Mary adorn our home’s bookshelves and other nooks and crannies. We carry rosaries in our pockets and place them around our rear-view mirrors. Another popular sacramental is holy water. In all my travels to shrines throughout the world, I’ve noticed people wanted to bring home holy water.
Saints in the past have spoken about the single most important attribute to have as a believer is JOY. And with the JOY will come being grateful. When a person is living the gospel, there is often a fearlessness. JOY is the fruit of obedience. The obedient person will go where angels fear to tread because they instinctively know God is with them because they are under the umbrella of His protection doing as He asks. Think of JOY as Jesus, Others, You.
Our Lady, who appeared in many visions to young Saint Bernadette Soubirous, proclaimed to “I am the Immaculate Conception.” Bernadette, who was poor and sickly, decried the woman as “dressed in a white robe, girded at the waist with a blue ribbon. She wore upon her head a white veil which gave just a glimpse of hair.
We are embarking upon a new year. Far from being downcast, I feel a great sense of optimism. I have personally seen what a little holy water, the sight of a crucifix, and mere mention of the holy name of Jesus does to Satan and his minions. They are dust compared to the Word made flesh. Despite all the demonic threats, the mantle of Our Lady protects us and St. Michael and the holy angels surround us.