WATER - A means of spiritual wealth: 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.
Pope John Paul II visit the Jordan River where Jesus was
"When all people were baptized, and Jesus was at prayer after likewise being
baptized the skies opend and the holy spirit descended at him in visible from
heaven was heard to say you are my favor rests" (Luke 3/21-22).
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.