Fr. Richard Tartaglia of St. Mary's Catholic Church
By Loci B. Lenar
(April 05, 2010) - Almost twenty years have passed since I began my initial search for a spiritual director. I expected the process to be straight forward and simple; however, it became rather challenging. The most important element in my mind at the time was to find someone that could understand and relate to my spiritual circumstances.
Since 1991, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has revealed his spiritual presence in my life through signs and wonders. I believe it's extremely important for anyone experiencing the presence of God to have a priest to analyze the spiritual events as well as to discuss the meaning of God's plan and purpose in your life.
Have you ever tried looking for the appropriate medical specialist before making a final decision? Perhaps you found someone and then later decided to switch because you were not satisfied with the outcome? The comparison can be made with the clergy, because they serve the Lord and help provide guidance for dealing with everyday journeys of life here on earth.
Fr. Richard Tartaglia is my spiritual director/confessor for over fifteen years. However, before making that decision, it was a hit and miss process with a few other priest. In hindsight, it was the appropriate choice. Fr. Richard is not only a skillful spiritual counselor, but I also consider him as a friend.
Fr. Richard is one of several priests at Saint Mary's Catholic Church, which is located on Myers Avenue and Route 46 in Denville, New Jetrsey. Saint Mary's Prep is also part of the parish and provides Catholic education from kindergarten through 8th grade.
Frankly, I admit, it's a delight to sit down and engage in dialogue with Fr. Richard about Christianity and our Catholic faith, and then suddenly without warning, we switch topics to baseball!
Fr. Richard's desk and walls have more New York Yankees memorabilia than the Cooperstown Museum! I am in awe of his widespread collection of baseball souvenirs. And candidly, I must say, why not enjoy the game of baseball through collectibles? It's fun entertainment for all ages and families. In my opinion, he's the NY Yankees number one fan in the tri-state area. I am quite certain that he is happy about the 2010 major league baseball season finally getting started, especially with the game played between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, April 4th, in Fenway Park. What an exciting rivalry for the Yankees and Boston fans!
Almost everyone at St. Mary's parish is aware of his love for God and baseball.
His work in helping parishioners at St. Mary's and celebrating Holy Mass is appreciated by many and by no means forgotten. As a gesture of thanks, baseball collectibles are common gifts given by parishioners for his thoughtful support and kindness.
He has numerous baseballs with some signed by Yogi Berra and Reggie Jackson. He has a plaque of Derek Jeter breaking Lou Gehrig's team record in 2009 for hits by a Yankee. A photo of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hangs on the wall with a plaque of newcomer pitchers, C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett.
If time would allow, you could spend hours discussing baseball with Fr. Richard, but because of his busy schedule, God's work prevails. When it comes to faith, he's a walking encyclopedia of church doctrine and a model priest for all. God has gifted Fr. Richard with an open mind and heart to address and discern matters of spiritual importance related to the Catholic church.
More than fifteen years ago, one of the most important matters in my life was my request to receive the Anointing of the Sick, a healing Sacrament of the Catholic Church. Because of an on-going heart condition known as Atrial Fibrillation and continued bouts with headaches, it was God's spiritual remedy for treating my medical condition. Through daily prayer and recitation of the rosary, the Blessed Mother guided me to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for God's perfect timing in blessing me with His healing grace.
After requesting church assistance, I was anointed with oil by Fr. Richard with the healing sacrament. The Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of the Catholic Church that any priest from any parish can administer to anyone in need of God's healing. Graces associated with the Catholic Sacrament include physical, spiritual and emotional healing. I thank our Lord for healing me through this sacrament and directing me to Saint Mary's Parish.
With the blessings and grace of God, I was healed of my heart arrhythmia. The medical condition is treated with Lanoxin, a cardiac medicine. However, I've not used the medication for over fifteen years. I was treated by my family physician, Dr. Gilbert Mandel of Denville Associates of Internal Medicine for the medical disorder. The medical group is located on Pocono Road, Denville, NJ. Additionally, I was healed from years of suffering painful headaches after countless visits to medical specialists with treatments that went to no avail. With the power of prayer and the Anointing of the Sick, God's healing grace cured me. The sacrament is administered through the Catholic church.
In James 5:14-15 the following is noted: "Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven."
It is my hope that by reading my testimony, God the Father would bless you with His grace in using the various sacraments of the Catholic church and lead you back to celebrating the Mass.
May Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ bless you on the pathway to salvation and healing!
On Sunday, March 18, 2018, I received two emails from Facebook Security that someone unauthorized changed the password and then accessed/hacked our Facebook account. About 10 minutes prior to this happening, a Facebook message indicated they required updated information to verify our account and password. I found it suspicious. However, the Facebook logo and instructions and corresponding link appeared legit. It was obviously a set up and a deliberate attempt to remove our Facebook page and make changes to our account. Moreover, as soon as I completed some of the information requested by Facebook, their message also disappeared. Also removed is communication sent by Facebook messenger which included ad approvals on our posts. Is our stored credit card information compromised as well? Very serious matter; whose actually responsible for our account being hacked? No explanation yet from Facebook!
However, in the process of following their instructions, Facebook blocked our newsfeed and access to our pages.
Foremost, this action is a deliberate attempt to undermine our ministry and may altogether be a result of anti-Catholic and anti-Christian sentiment seen on Facebook.
As the administrator of our news feed, I'm shocked at the lack of professionalism by Facebook to resolve this matter in light of the fact that we are paying to advertise on their site.
Can you believe Facebook has no customer service phone number?
It's upsetting that Facebook has not responded to my communication except by auto-response, it's a general message sent to everyone seeking support.
The Story of Mr. Loci B. Lenar and His Fatima Related Mission
A devout Catholic, Loci B. Lenar shares his faith in Jesus and his love for the Blessed Mother. His story has remarkable connections to Our Lady of Fátima and the future Era of Peace that she promised during her Church-approved apparitions of 1917. Today, Mr. Lenar shares his faith through multiple venues, including his popular website, www.christian-miracles.com. This book is written by Catholic author, Claire Smith.
Jesus Carries His Cross
Lent is a time to reflect on our spiritual journey with God. It's a time of prayer and reconciliation. The cross is a reminder of Jesus' love for us by sacrificing His life for the salvation of sinners. Lent leads us into Holy Week and Good Friday, followed by the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday.
While visiting The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Warren County, New Jersey - Mr. Loci B. Lenar photographed two statues that are part of the Stations of the Cross next to the Holy House with his iPhone 6. The shrine is part of the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA.
A band of sunlight is creating the appearance of a cross on the statue of Jesus. It's more than coincidental that the photograph shows Jesus carrying his cross.
In two separate areas, Mr. Lenar's photos show sunlight creating similar rays of light around two statues of Jesus.
A larger photograph can be viewed on our Facebook page.
Miraculous Signs of Archangel Michael
By Loci B. Lenar
While traveling through the town of Netcong, located in Morris County, New Jersey, I stopped into St. Michael's Catholic Church to say some prayers. The church has a beautiful display of stained glass windows and statues. I normally carry a camera and decided to snap some photos. Remarkably, the image of Saint Michael has a rainbow that appeared while photographing the statue. To read my testimony and its connection to current events, and to view this stunning photograph in a larger format, please visit the following link: Miraculous Signs of Archangel Michael.
A Prayer for 2018
May Our Heavenly Father bless our world with divine mercy, healing, peace and prosperity! May Our Lord bless humanity with the grace to love thy neighbor. May all of our prayers be answered with God's favor in 2018! We ask this through His Divine Son, Jesus. Amen
Honoring the Great Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Inspirational in its artistic design, this awe-inspiring stained glass window can be seen inside Saint Margaret Catholic Church, Morristown, New Jersey.
All prayer requests are prayed for daily on www.Christian-Miracles.com and are shared with Fr. Richard Tartaglia for prayer support at St. Mary's Church, Myers Avenue, Denville, New Jersey, USA. (Your email address will remain confidential).
Loci B. Lenar has arranged with Fr. Richard Tartaglia to have prayer requests prayed for at St. Mary's Church every Monday morning during Holy Hour Adoration. Prayer requests are also prayed for every Third Thursday of each month during the evening prayer service held for peace at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
You can add your prayer request to our web page at the following link: Prayer Requests
Forty Catholics Who Shaped the World in Which We Live
Written by Claire Smith, this book features forty Catholics of diverse talents and vocations who lived and breathed their faith while having an enormous impact on the world of their time. In turn they have contributed significantly to the shape of our world today. Their Christian faith and the spiritually nurturing environment provided by the Catholic Church underpinned and made possible their great achievements.
The Miracle Prayer
We recommend reciting The Miracle Prayer, composed by Fr. Peter M. Rookey. The Lord has gifted the International Compassion Ministry with a grace of healing.
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Fr. Richard Tartaglia and Mr. Lenar on Radio Maria!
If you missed listening to Fr. Tartaglia and Loci B. Lenar on Radio Maria, not to worry, we've posted a recording of the program on the homepage of our website!
Fr. Tartaglia and Mr. Lenar of St. Mary's Parish (Denville, NJ) were guest speakers on the Catholic radio show, Sacred Treasures on Monday, May 7, 2012.
Sacred Treasures is hosted by Kathie Duggan and is broadcasted live on Monday's by Radio Maria, US, between the hours of 2:00-3:00 PM (Central Time), and 3:00-4:00 PM (Eastern Time). Tune in by visiting the following link: http://radiomaria.us/sacred-treasures/
God the Father, we join together in prayer and petition heaven for divine intervention to mitigate earthquakes and natural disasters throughout the world.
We invoke the powerful name of Jesus to calm the storms of time and to bring forth a millennium of peace and tranquility.
We pray to the Virgin Mary to interecede on behalf of Humanity for God's hand of mercy to bless us with divine protection.
We ask this and thank thee in the name of Jesus. Amen
I wrote the prayer in 2010 as a result of the earthquake in Haiti.
The Lord inspired me to compose a prayer in order to petition God to mitigate earthquakes and disasters while I was praying for the victims and families of Haiti.
Please join in by reciting the prayer daily.
Thank you very much for your thoughtful prayer support.
-Loci B. Lenar
Angelic Tails: True Stories of Heavenly Canine Companions
This new book is by author Joan Wester Anderson, renown for writing books on angelic visitations and miracles.
The following excerpt is from Loyola Press: Angelic Tails is a collection of down-to-earth true stories from ordinary people who believe that God has graced their lives through heavenly canine companions. Each of the 30 stories challenges readers to reconsider their conception of angels—from the story of a former Air Force colonel whose golden retrievers served as his heavenly helpers in the Colorado wilderness to the account of St. John Bosco, who, for more than 30 years, was protected by an angelic dog as he walked the dangerous city streets. In the end, for all who see through the eyes of faith, this book is evidence that God can use even muddy paws and cold noses to fulfill his purposes in our world.
For additional information, please visit the following link: Loyola Press
In August of 2005, a Cross of Light appeared for the first time on Mr. Lenar's backyard fence in Mine Hill, New Jersey, USA. The same bright cross has subsequently appeared every year from 2005 to 2013 during Lent and Holy Week. Loci Lenar says that Fr. Richard Tartaglia has confirmed this phenonmena by visiting his home several times and photographing the sign in 2012 and 2013.
Visitors at the World Apostolate of Fatima (USA), witness the Miracle of the Sun on October 18, 2009 during televised service of One World Praying for Life and Peace. To read story and to view additional photographs of the event, please visit the following link: Miracle at Fatima Shrine
Miracle of the Sun
On October 13, 2008, some visitors at the National Blue Army Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary were blest to witness the Miracle of the Sun. To read the complete story, please visit the following link: Visitors Witness Miracle
Miracle of the Sun: A Spiritual Visitation of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
"The Spirit of the Lord was present and imparted a prophetic vision of our world blessed in peace." -Loci B. Lenar
For additional details about the revelation and to read about Loci Lenar's spiritual encounter with the Lord, please visit the following link: Lenar's Personal Testimony.
Miracle of the Sun: Rays of God's Light
During a visit to the National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, I photographed Rays of God's Light inside the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Remarkably, the light is flowing through a stained glass window, which is a depiction of the Miracle of the Sun, witnessed by 70,000 people in Fatima, Portugal on October 13, 1917. The Catholic shrine is located on the grounds of the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA. To view image, please visit the following link: Rays of God's Light
If you enjoy stories about angels, please do read Angels in the Barn on our website. Caught by an Angel is another wonderful story and is posted on our blog. Both pieces are written by Joan Wester Anderson. She is renowned for writing inspirational stories connected to angelic visitations. Her book "Where Angels Walk" was on the New York Times Bestseller List.