Sunday, April 30, 2006

Day Six - Real Presence


O Holy Priest of Ars, whose only comfort in this world was the real presence of Jesus in the tabernacle, was it not your great joy to distribute the Eucharist to the pilgrims who visited you? You refused Communion to the souls who refused to reform but to souls of goodwill you opened wide the doors of the Eucharistic Feast.

You, who each day at Holy Mass received Holy Communion with great loves, give me some of your fervor. With freedom from mortal sin, obtain for me a sincere desire to profit from receiving Holy Communion.

Holy Priest of Ars, I have confidence in your intercession. Pray for me during this novena especially for... (mention silently your special intentions).

Say: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be. O St John Vianney, Patron of Priests, pray for us and for all priests!

Wonderful Homily

Fr. Martin Fox posted his homily from today on his blog. THANK YOU FATHER, for encouraging the parents in your parish.


Sometimes it is very difficult having a little one in Mass who might be fussing or fidgety. Having the family together for this awesome time of prayer and reverence is a central point to living the Domestic Church in our homes.

Day Five - Confessor of Souls


O Holy Priest of Ars, you knew how important was a good confession for the Christian life. It was to procure the happy fruits of millions of souls that you agreed to be in an uncomfortable confessional, which was like a prison, up to 15 to 16 hours on certain days. I will try to develop the habit of frequent confession, to prepare properly each time and to have always regret for my sins, so that the grace of final perseverance but also the sanctification of my soul will be assured. Ask this grace for me.

Holy Priest of Ars, I have confidence in your intercession. Pray for me during this novena especially for ... (mention silently your special intentions).

Say: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be O St John Vianney, Patron of Priests, pray for us and for all priests!

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Day Four - Horror of Sin


Saint John Mary Baptist Vianney, you were so adamant against sin, yet so sympathetic and so ready to welcome the sinner. I come to you today as if you were still alive, as if I were kneeling at your feet and you could hear me. Bend towards me, listen to the repentant confidence for the weaknesses and miserable deeds of mine.

Priest of the Lord, inexhaustible Confessor, obtain for me the horror for sin. You wanted us First to avoid the occasion of sin. I want to take your advice and make the resolution to break bad habits and to avoid the dangerous occasions of sin. Help me today to examine my conscience.

Holy Priest of Ars, I have confidence in your intercession. Pray for me during this novena especially for... (mention silently your special intentions).

Say: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be. O St John Vianney, Patron of Priests, pray for us and for all priests!

Friday, April 28, 2006

Take my hand, big brother

The latest Fishism


Fish: Mommy, I want to be a priest.

Mommy: Why, honey?

Fish: Because I do!!

Mommy: OK, sweetheart. That is wonderful!

Fish: But right now I have to go blow up Matthew's Transformer!

Mommy: OK... go right ahead...sigh

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Discipline

Does anyone out there have any that I could borrow? Seriously. I am discovering through more time with St. Francis, that I am lacking in this area.
I don't know when it happened. I used to be TOO disciplined. Never could stand for things to be out of place, late, dirty, out of synch, ever.
Somehow, now, I find that it takes all I possess to get out of bed by 7:30 and get started on my wonderfully constructed Rule!
I lay in bed and tell myself, "die to yourself, die to yourself." And then that bad little angel on my shoulder says, "go ahead, die to yourself, after a bit more sleep."
Lack of discipline has been the root of most of my difficulties lately and I need to get a handle on this. Obviously, I must ask for the help I need from God, as I, me, myself, and I, can't do ANYTHING without His help.
If anyone has any helpful tips in this area, feel free to post them.

Day Three - True Love of Neighbor


Saint John Marie Baptist Vianney because of your love of God you showed great charity towards your neighbor. You could not preach on the Love of God without burning tears of love. During your last years, it seemed as though you could not talk about any thing else or live for anything else. Thus you sacrificed yourself to your neighbor by consoling, absolving and sanctifying them to the limits of your strength.

Your charity inspires me to greater love of God, a love which is shown more by acts then by words. Help me to love my neighbor generously as Christ loves them.

Holy Priest of Ars, I have confidence in your intercession. Pray for me during this novena especially for ... (mention silently your special intentions).

Say:Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be. O St John Vianney, Patron of Priests, pray for us and for all priests!

Update on Andrea Clark

Apparently, Andrea's family has found a hospital which has agreed to accept Andrea. The hospital is located in Illinois. I do not have much more information than this.

Prayer for Respect of Human Life

Father and maker of all,
you adorn all creation
with splendor and beauty,
and fashion human lives
in your image and likeness.
Awaken in every heart
reverence for the work of your hands,
and renew among your people
a readiness to nurture and sustain
your precious gift of life.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Happy Birthday, #1 son


My dear Foo, 1st born son, celebrated his 11th birthday today. He insisted on making his own cake, strawberry bundt with white icing!

I don't think a mom could be any prouder of her child. He is one of the most thoughtful, caring, kind people I know. He is an example of integrity that I can only hope to aspire to.

Happy birthday sweet son!



Oh, and thank you Mr. E for visiting tonight! It was so great to have you here, even for just a few minutes!

URGENT PRAYERS

Please see this post and offer your prayers for this woman and her family.

St. Luke's acted very charitable to my mother while she was ill and unable to pay. I can't understand what is going on here.

Day Two- Complete Trust in God


Saint John Marie Baptist Vianney, what confidence the people had in your prayers! You could not leave your old rectory or your humble church without being surrounded by imploring souls, who appealed to you as they would have appealed to Jesus Himself during His earthly life. And you, O good Saint, gave them hope by your words, which were full of love for God.

You, who had always counted entirely on the heart of God, obtain for me a deep filial trust in His Providence. As the hope of divine goods fills my heart, give me courage and help me to always obey the Commandments of God.

Holy Priest of Ars, I have confidence in your intercession. Pray for me during this novena especially for ... (mention silently your special intentions).

Say: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be. O St John Vianney, Patron of Priests, pray for us and for all priests!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Day one - Ardent Faith





Saint John Marie Baptist Vianney you were born of a deeply religious mother; from her you received the Holy Faith; you learned to love God and to pray. At a young age, you were seen kneeling in the front of the statue of Mary. Your soul was supernaturally carried towards the things on High. Despite the high cost, you answered your vocation!Against many obstacles and contradictions, you had to fight and suffer to become the perfect priest which you were. But your deep spirit of faith supported you in all these battles. 0 Great Saint you know the desire of my soul; I would like to serve God better; from Him I have received so many good things. For this, obtain for me more courage and especially the depth of faith.

Many of my thoughts, words, and actions are useless for my sanctification and for my salvation, because this supernatural spirit does not stir up my life. Help me to be better in the future.

Holy Priest of Ars, I have confidence in your intercession. Pray for me during this novena especially for ... (mention silently your special intentions).

Say: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be O St John Vianney, Patron of Priests, pray for us and for all priests!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

A novena


I would like to start a novena for Moneybags who will be beginning the process of entering the seminary this fall.

The novena will be to St. John Vianney, patron saint of priests. I will begin it tomorrow, April 26th, 2006. Please feel free to join me in this novena on behalf of Moneybags and all other men who feel called to the priesthood. Also please remember to include your parish priests in your intentions.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Accidental Nature Study



This weekend afforded us the opportunity to walk to our local pond where we have done nature study for years. We have not been in quite some time and were so excited to see the duck eggs.



Dad and kids enjoyed the fishing; mom enjoyed watching Hannah, the dog, chase the ducks. She doesn't ever catch them, instead is thrilled to watch them scatter into the pond.




On Sunday, Foo spied a moth who had just hatched from its cocoon.



We are not quite sure what this critter is, but we will be searching Enature for the answer...

How to know when...

your beloved children have watched Star Wars one too many times...

Dueling Duo

Light Sabers fabricated out of "Floam" found in their Easter Baskets.

Mom note here... DON'T EVER BUY FLOAM! It's tactilely offensive, makes one want to gag, hence, the kids love it!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

The Feast of Divine Mercy


Today is the Feast of Divine Mercy. Please read more about it here

I should be back to my regular blogging beginning this week.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Divine Mercy Novena - Ninth Day



HOW THE RECITE THE CHAPLET

"Today bring to Me the Souls who have become Lukewarm,

and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: 'Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will.' For them, the last hope of salvation is to run to My mercy."

Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love, let these tepid souls who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Divine Mercy Novena - Eighth Day




HOW TO RECITE THE CHAPLET

"Today bring to Me the Souls who are in the prison of Purgatory,

and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. Let the torrents of My Blood cool down their scorching flames. All these souls are greatly loved by Me. They are making retribution to My justice. It is in your power to bring them relief. Draw all the indulgences from the treasury of My Church and offer them on their behalf. Oh, if you only knew the torments they suffer, you would continually offer for them the alms of the spirit and pay off their debt to My justice."

Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet, who must make retribution to Your justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of Purgatory, that there, too, the power of Your mercy may be celebrated.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was flooded: Manifest Your mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way but only through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion. Amen.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Divine Mercy Novena - Seventh Day



HOW TO RECITE THE CHAPLET

Today bring to Me the Souls who especially venerate and glorify My Mercy*,

and immerse them in My mercy. These souls sorrowed most over my Passion and entered most deeply into My spirit. They are living images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death.

Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward, confident of Your mercy; and united to You, O Jesus, they carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their hearts, overflowing with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God:

Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them that during their life, but especially at the hour of death, the souls who will venerate this fathomless mercy of His, He, Himself, will defend as His glory. Amen.

*The text leads one to conclude that in the first prayer directed to Jesus, Who is the Redeemer, it is "victim" souls and contemplatives that are being prayed for; those persons, that is, that voluntarily offered themselves to God for the salvation of their neighbor (see Col 1:24; 2 Cor 4:12). This explains their close union with the Savior and the extraordinary efficacy that their invisible activity has for others. In the second prayer, directed to the Father from whom comes "every worthwhile gift and every genuine benefit,"we recommend the "active" souls, who promote devotion to The Divine Mercy and exercise with it all the other works that lend themselves to the spiritual and material uplifting of their brethren.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Welcome to our World


To our newest goddaughter... we love you and we praise God for you!

Prayers please


Please keep my dear friend and her newest baby in your prayers today. Her water broke this morning and she is at the hospital now. Thank you!

Divine Mercy Novena - Sixth Day



Today bring to Me the Meek and Humble Souls and the Souls of Little Children,

and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence.

Most Merciful Jesus, You yourself have said, "Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart." Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all heaven into ecstasy and they are the heavenly Father's favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek souls, upon humble souls, and upon little children who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: Bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

I'm balanced... so says Calvin and Hobbes!

A Bit Of Both

You are 60% Calvin and 40% Hobbes

Calvin & Hobbes, like a scruffy yin and yang, are in perfect
balance within you. Like Calvin, you're weird, a bit insecure, and can
be a trouble-maker. But like Hobbes, you're down to earth and
sensitive. It's a risk to say it here, after just a ten question test,
but I'll bet you're smarter than most. Both Calvin and Hobbes are
crafty, clever characters, and any one made from equal parts of each is
a force to be reckoned with.



My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 71% on calvin
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 11% on hobbes
Link: The Calvin Or Hobbes Test


Thanks to Andie for this bit of fun!

6 months already!

I can't believe my sweet little one is already 6 months old! How time is passing. I am trying to enjoy and savor each tiny little moment that I have...

Divine Mercy Novena - Fifth Day



HOW TO RECITE THE CHAPLET

"Today bring to Me the Souls of those who have separated themselves from My Church*,

and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the Church My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion."

Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son's Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.

*Our Lord's original words here were "heretics and schismatics," since He spoke to Saint Faustina within the context of her times. As of the Second Vatican Council, Church authorities have seen fit not to use those designations in accordance with the explanation given in the Council's Decree on Ecumenism (n.3). Every pope since the Council has reaffirmed that usage. Saint Faustina herself, her heart always in harmony with the mind of the Church, most certainly would have agreed. When at one time, because of the decisions of her superiors and father confessor, she was not able to execute Our Lord's inspirations and orders, she declared: "I will follow Your will insofar as You will permit me to do so through Your representative. O my Jesus " I give priority to the voice of the Church over the voice with which You speak to me" (497). The Lord confirmed her action and praised her for it.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Divine Mercy Novena - Fourth Day




HOW TO RECITE THE CHAPLET

"Today bring to Me those who do not believe in God and those who do not know Me,

I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforted My Heart. Immerse them in the ocean of My mercy."

Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in God and of those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in You, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

*Our Lord's original words here were "the pagans." Since the pontificate of Pope John XXIII, the Church has seen fit to replace this term with clearer and more appropriate terminology.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Easter 2006



Hopefully our 3 ladies are looking down on us and smiling!




Happy Easter from our "family" to yours!

Lent in Review

Karen E had this post the other day, and it gave me something to think about all of this Holy Week. (thanks, Karen!)

Things definitely happened this Lenten season. Layers were peeled away and it was most assuredly painful quite often. But growing usually is. Discovery can also be quite uncomfortable, however, looking at where I am tonight, happy, at peace, and relishing the time that I have with my family and friends, I have to thank God for each and every bit of discomfort that He chose to bless me with.

I definitely did not follow through with ALL of my Lenten practices that I had planned to do, but I did follow through with many of them and learned that sometimes, the sacrifice for me is trying to conquer my eternal quest for control, or rather, relinquish it.

The thing I wanted most of all was for relationships to be reconciled. Most of them have been. There are still a few that I pray will work out in time, in God's time. For now, I will rest in the knowledge that He knows what is best for me, and He will direct me accordingly, as long as I am open to hear His voice.



I have the extra special blessing of having one of my goddaughters with me this week. It was an unexpected, but wonderful surprise and I will always cherish it! I hope little Miss Cutie enjoys her stay here! She and Em are best friends already.

I will post more pictures from our Easter together as soon as I can!

Divine Mercy Novena - Third Day


*** I apologize in the late posting of this day. Family took precedence ***


HOW TO RECITE THE CHAPLET


"Today bring to Me all Devout and Faithful Souls,

and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. These souls brought me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were a drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness."

Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy, You impart Your graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from It. We beg this grace of You by that most wondrous love for the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Christ is Risen! Allelluia!




A Very Happy Easter to All!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Via Crucis - The Fourteenth Station




JESUS IS LAID IN THE TOMB

We adore you, O Lord, and we praise you. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Meditation: Lord Jesus, when I see the great stone sealing your tomb, I feel alone and abandoned. Even though you sometimes seem distant or absent in my life, help me always to believe in your closeness and loving presence.

Reflection: I try to imagine what it must have been like that day for the Blessed Mother. Placing her beloved son inside of that tomb, alone, dark, and cold. Did she know what was to come? Was she afraid of what would happen next? Often I am afraid to take those steps into the unknown dark tombs in my life. Help me Lord to grab your hand, never let go, and trust in your will for me.



Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.


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Via Crucis - The Thirteenth Station



JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS


We adore you, O Lord, and we praise you. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Meditation: Lord Jesus, seeing your body reminds me how fearful I am of letting go of my own life. I am frightened when I think of being unimportant, useless, helpless. Help me to place my life in your hands.

Reflection: Realizing that my sin placed our Lord upon that cross, looking at his mother who must have agonized watching her son die, it is almost too much to bear. But I must bear it. It is the least that I can do. He has taken so much for me. Lord, help me to remember that without you I am useless. Without your grace, I am unimportant, and without your guidance, I am helpless.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.


Via Crucis Grid Blog

Friday, April 14, 2006

Divine Mercy Novena - Second Day


HOW TO RECITE THE CHAPLET

"Today bring to Me the Souls of Priests and Religious,

and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave me strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them as through channels My mercy flows out upon mankind."

Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men and women consecrated to Your service,* that they may perform worthy works of mercy; and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard -- upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end. Amen.

* In the original text, Saint Faustina uses the pronoun "us" since she was offering this prayer as a consecrated religious sister. The wording adapted here is intended to make the prayer suitable for universal use.

Via Crucis - The Twelfth Station




JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS

We adore you, O Lord, and we praise you. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Meditation: Lord Jesus, your broken and lifeless body call me to deeper faith. You chose death, even death on the cross. Help me to see my crosses as ways of loving you.

Reflection: On this Good Friday, I remember why He died. I remember his agony in the garden. Why must we meditate upon his suffering? Why not just recall the Resurrection? For me that answer is simple. I need to recall my part in His death. I need to "see" again my sins that cost Him his life. I need to "feel" the pain that our Lord chose to endure to help me to amend my life and resolve to not commit that sin again, with God's grace. Thank you Lord for all that you have done for me. Help me to live my life completely for you and to embrace the crosses that you have blessed me with.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.


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Via Crucis - The Eleventh Station


JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS


We adore you, O Lord, and we praise you. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Meditation: Lord Jesus, I can never doubt your great love for me when I see you crucified. Help me to see your cross as the great sign of love for me.

Reflection: Each time I am at Mass I meditate upon the cross above the altar. I pay special attention to the knees. His knees are so torn open and I can recall how very painful skinned knees can be from the injuries I incurred as a child. Obviously, skinned knees could never compare to the agony Our Lord suffered on my behalf, but this meditation brings me back to my childhood, and in turn, returns my faith to that of a child. I pray that my faith remains childlike. I pray that I never forget the pain from skinned knees. I pray that I can always keep my focus on what Christ did for me and in turn, what I am here for. To love, to know, and to serve Him.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.


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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Divine Mercy Novena - First Day



HOW TO RECITE THE CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY

Jesus asked that this Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena of Chaplets to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday. Say one chaplet each day following the novena intention. In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:

"On each day of the novena you will bring to My Heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy... On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls. By this novena I will grant every possible grace to souls." (Diary 1209, 796)
"Today bring to Me All Mankind, especially all sinners and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges me."



"Today bring to Me all mankind, especially all sinners,

and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me."

Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. Amen.

Today begins the Triduum



Today begins the holiest of time of the year. Beginning at sundown this evening with the Last Supper and ending on Easter evening, we will commemorate the Passion and Resurrection of Our Lord.

Try to make an effort to participate in as much as you are able at your Parish.

I will begin posting the Divine Mercy Novena this evening which will begin tomorrow.

Via Crucis - The Tenth Station



JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS

We adore you, O Lord, and we praise you. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Meditation: Lord Jesus, seeing you so cruelly humiliated makes me realize how I cling to my accomplishments, my possessions, my way. Help me to let go of those things in my life that prevent me from growing closer to you and to others.

Reflection: Whenever I meditate on Our Lord's Passion, I am so hurt by what we as a people have done to Our Savior. Injuring him, stripping him, murdering him. Yet, in our daily walks of life, how often do we do this to others? How many times have I walked past someone in need thinking that they were just trying to take my money or that they weren't really in need? How many times have I professed to be pro-life, yet become annoyed by a crying baby or toddler? How often have I forgotten to or worse, been to busy to contribute to the pantries which feed the hungry? And how many times have I put my wants before the needs of others? I am ashamed of myself and I recognize that I have "stripped" Christ all by myself by neglecting the body of Christ. Lord, help me to put aside my own selfishness so I can represent your loving kindness and mercy to others.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.


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Via Crucis - The Ninth Station



JESUS FALLS FOR THE THIRD TIME

We adore you, O Lord, and we praise you. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Meditation: Lord Jesus, your failing strength makes me see how helpless I am. Without you, I can do nothing. Help me to rely on your strength, to see how much I need you.

Reflection: I can't even begin to imagine the horrible pain and suffering Our Lord took on for me. I am reminded of his mercy with each of his falls during his Passion. He fell three times. God (in his human form) fell three times. Yet he got back up each time and continued on his journey. Is he sending me the message that he expects that I'll fall, but he wants me to continue my journey? Again this goes straight to what I am reading in THE DEVOUT LIFE. St. Francis discusses how important it is for us to continue to fight even when we fall or fail. That THIS is what God is asking of us. Our faithfulness.

I am also reminded of how often I take my own life into my own hands, leaving God out of "my plan". How foolish of me to think that I can handle things on my own. I am nothing without His strength. Lord, help me to remember to call upon you each moment of the day. Help me to reach out to you especially when I am falling.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.


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