[Video] 11 Year Old Composes Prophetic Song for Our TimesMay 25, 2021
And it shall come to pass, in the last days, (saith the Lord,) I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. And upon my servants indeed, and upon my handmaids will I pour out in those days of my spirit, and they shall prophesy. (Acts 2:17-18)
On Sunday we began the season of Pentecost, and what a better time to share some of the remarkable ways that the Lord has been pouring out his Spirit these days!
I would like to share with you a beautiful–and I believe prophetic–song composed by a young girl in my parish. The song, "I Will Love You Always," is about rejecting fear and trusting in the Lord.
Written by Mariam Tovey when she was just 11 years old, before the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no way she could have known that the entire globe would soon be stricken with fear. Yet, her song is like a message from the Lord Himself for all of humanity today, pleading for us to come back to Him.
"Do you love me?"
"Yes I do, Lord."
"Are you afraid?"
"Yes I am, Lord."
"Do you know that I love you and always will care for you?"
"Yes I do, Lord."
"Then why are you afraid?"
Thus begins Mariam's song, and her conversation with Jesus about her fears. He assures her to "be not afraid" because "whatever happens is my Will."
I probably don't need to remind anyone that Easter of 2020 was the first time in the history of the Church when no Masses were offered to the public, even at the Vatican. We were so afraid for our physical health that we forgot our spiritual health is the most important!
When Mariam sang this song for our parish last year, we had goosebumps. When her mother Zeina announced that her little girl had written it herself, we were stunned. I asked Zeina to record it on video so that I could share it with as many people as possible. But she did more than that– she recorded a sweet music video, with her other two daughters (Theresa Pia and Elizabeth) playing a beautiful arrangement on the violin and piano.
With the global elite planning their "Great Reset", we know the world will never be the same again. Even within the Church, good shepherds are "cancelled" by their own bishops for doing their job (warning the flock to steer clear of the wolves), while heretical priests are protected. These are scary times.
But in the end, we know that the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary will triumph. So no matter what happens next, let's remember: God's got this.
June 3rd is the Feast of the Ugandan Martyrs. These children and men, killed by the King of Buganda between 1885 and 1887, were not afraid to pay the ultimate price in the service of Our Lord. Let us remember them and pray for their intercession with this novena, which begins today:
Novena to the Ugandan Martyrs (May 25 – June 3)
O God, by whose providence the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church: Grant that we who remember before you the blessed martyrs of Uganda, may, like them, be steadfast in our faith in Jesus Christ, to whom they gave obedience even unto death, and by their sacrifice brought forth a plentiful harvest; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end, Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
O Jesus, our Lord and Redeemer, through your passion and death, we adore and thank Thee.
Holy Mary, Mother and Queen of Martyrs, Obtain for us sanctification through our sufferings.
Holy Martyrs, followers of the suffering Christ, obtain for us the grace to imitate Him.
St. Joseph Balikuddembe,
first Martyr of Uganda,
who inspired and encouraged Nephytes,
obtain for us a spirit of truth and justice.
St. Charles Lwanga,
patron of the Youth and Catholic Action,
obtain for us a firm and zealous faith.
St. Matthias Mulumba,
ideal Chief and follower of Christ meek and humble,
obtain for us a Christian gentleness.
St. Dionysius Sebuggwawo,
zealous for the Christian Faith
and renowned for your modesty,
obtain for us the virture of modesty.
St. Andrew Kaggwa,
model Catechist and teacher,
obtain for us a love of the teaching of Christ.
child resplendent in purity and Christian joy,
obtain for us the gift of joy in our Lord.
shining example of how to forgive and forget injuries,
obtain for us the grace to forgive those who injure us.
fervent catechumen rewarded with the Baptism of your blood,
obtain for us perseverance unto the death.
St. Adolfus Ludigo,
conspicuous by your following
of our Lord's spirit of service to others;
obtain for us a love of unselfish service.
St. Anatoli Kiriggwajjo,
humble servant preferring a devout life to wordly honours;
obtain for us to love piety more than earthly things.
St. Ambrosius Kibuuka,
young man full of joy and love of your neighbour;
obtain for us fraternal charity.
St. Achilles Kiwanuka,
who for the sake of Christ detested vain superstitious practices;
obtain for us holy hatred of superstitious practices.
St. John Muzeeyi,
renowned for the practice of works of mercy;
obtain for us a love of those works of mercy.
Blessed Jildo Irwa and Blessed Daudi Okello
who gave up your lives for the spread of the Catholic Faith;
obtain for us the zeal of spreading the Catholic Faith.
St. Pontaianus Ngondwe,
longing for the martyr's crown;
obtain for us the grace to be always faithful to our duty.
St. Athanasius Bazzekuketta,
faithful steward of the royal treasury;
obtain for us a spirit of responsibility.
who preferred death to the persuasions of your parents;
obtain for us to follow generously divine grace.
St. Gonzaga Gonza,
full of sympathy for prisoners,
and all who were in trouble;
obtain for us the spirit of mercy.
St. Noe Mawaggali,
humble worker and lover of evangelical poverty;
obtain for us love of evangelical poverty.
St. Luke Baanabakintu,
who ardently desired to imitate
the suffering Christ by Martyrdom;
obtain for us a love of our motherland.
St. Bruno Serunkuuma,
soldier who gave an example of repentance and temperance;
obtain for us the virtue to repentance and temperance.
young man renowned for your heroic chastity;
obtain for us perserverance in chastity.
firm in your fidelity to the true Church of Christ;
help us to be always faithful to the true Church of Christ.
Let us pray. O Lord Jesus Christ, who wonderfully strengthened the Holy Martyrs of Uganda St. Charles Lwanga, Matthias Mulumba, Blessed Jildo Irwa, Blessed Daudi Okello and their Companions; and gave them to us as examples of faith and fortitude, chastity, charity, and fidelity; grant, we beseech you, that by their Intercession, the same virtues may increase in us, and that we may deserve to become propagators of the true faith. Who lives and reigns world without end. Amen.
St. Charles Lwanga and the Martyrs of Uganda, we come to you asking your prayers of intercession on behalf of all who suffer from the unjust exercise of authority. May you who were so cruelly persecuted for your faith in Jesus Christ intercede for all who are oppressed, that they might be comforted by the Divine Mercy and empowered by the gift and grace of fortitude. May justice be the goal of all people
and may all who are called by the name Christian join together in works of redemption directed at the sins and the structures of sin that afflict our communities. Amen.