Forgiveness

Have you ever experienced betrayal? Recently, I was confronted with an issue that quite honestly caught me off guard. The situation at hand lacked reasonable comprehension. In other words, the aftermath of this experience, left me scratching my head, and asking myself- “what just happened here and why would God permit something so inexplicable to occur?”  This particular matter concerned a text-exchange that went terribly wrong. The short end of it, and as with much of social media communication, my remark was misconstrued, and turned into something other than its original intention. Suddenly, I was entangled in a web of disbelief. The words used towards me were disgraceful and loathing. In denial, and feeling abashed, I even questioned whether or not the text was in fact a joke. At times, deciphering true sentiments over social media can be a difficult feat, so I had to inquire. When my question went unanswered, I knew where I stood.

At this point, I felt a tremendous level of sorrow. Honestly, I felt scorned and reviled- all for something that was evidently deemed lost in translation.  As the night carried on, I repeatedly studied the text. I felt like a scrupulous detective digging for relevant clues at the crime case, but I came up empty. I just couldn’t figure out the cause for such atypical behavior. However, this experience reminds me of perhaps what Jesus felt during His time leading up to His crucifixion. He was betrayed by those who promised to watch over Him as He prayed in the garden of Gethsemane. The fact is, Jesus was ridiculed and denied by those who claimed to love and follow Him. After I pondered the parallels between my experience, and that of Jesus at the Mt. of Olives, something truly amazing happened. A passing calm washed over my senses. I knew exactly what was required to help me make sense of this mess. I began to think about the year of mercy and our call to forgive. In a homily, Pope Francis states; “We have all heard this: ‘I cannot come to forgive,’” said the Pope, “But how can you ask God to forgive us, if we are not capable of forgiveness?” This was the light-bulb moment that I was seeking. At my moment of discernment as to how I should proceed with my matter, it was clear that I had to forgive this person for the wrong doing. I made a choice- I forgave.

For me, I attribute this ease of relinquishment to my prayer life. Through prayer and discernment, God has blessed me with the grace and ability to forgive my transgressors. Personally, I call it an awakening. It is true, often times when we’ve been hurt, there is an urgent need to respond negatively. In fact, we become the mirror image of the initial hurt. However, you can break this discourse of action through forgiveness and prayer. I challenge you, and anyone else reading this;forgive and make peace with any conflict that is taking up space in your life. Release the hurt! The year of mercy is challenging us to do things differently. It is asking us to make changes in the way we approach the hurts of the world. In Matthew 5:44, Jesus states, “But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.” As Christians and true followers of Christ, we must heed this command. We begin to grow in God’s mercy, only when we open ourselves up to idea of forgiving those that cause harm to us. Hard?-Yes (for some). But I say let’s have the courage to ask God to give you the heart of mercy, because mercy starts and ends at the cross. If you want to experience mercy and forgiveness in your own life, you have to be willing to give mercy and forgiveness to everyone in life. The great theologian G.K. Chesterton writes: “To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.” Finally, forgiveness is a wonderful virtue that is given to us unconditionally. Ultimately, when we are in the penalty box of confession, we are there for two reasons-to acknowledge our sins, and ask for forgiveness. Step out of your comfort zone and become a missionary of mercy through the virtuous gift of forgiveness.

 

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Daily Prayer is Like Brushing Your Teeth…

When was the last time you thought about Jesus? Did you pray to Him this morning? How about last night? My sincere hope is that you converse with Jesus on a daily basis. My hope is that you tell Him about your daily struggles, temptations, and desires. You see, we need to actively engage in a relationship with Jesus, and there is no better way to engage with Jesus than through daily prayer. We need to carve out time each day to pray. Make it a routine. Think about it, would you forget to brush your teeth before going to work? I suspect not, unless you get a thrill at offending your coworkers with a less than pleasant smelling breath. Note to self: Do not offend God, and make praying a daily routine. When we pray to Jesus, we directly connect with God in the most profound and authentic manner- through His son. The time is now, not tomorrow, or next week. Initiate a meaningful daily prayer life. Jesus waits patiently for us to call upon Him. In fact, He yearns for us to remember Him. One powerful prayer that you can start immediately, is the Divine Mercy. Commit to this prayer, and patiently wait for His grace. The time is now! Your salvation cannot wait until tomorrow, or next week. Jesus may call you home before then, and it may be too late.

Here is what Jesus told Sister Faustina regarding the Chaplet of Divine Mercy,

“Say unceasingly the chaplet that I have taught you. Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy. I desire that the whole world know My infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy”(Diary, 687).

We shall pray, “Jesus remember me, when you come into your kingdom”.

Come to the Water

Come to the Water

                Today, as I went out for an early morning run, God reminded me of His presence. In fact, God spoke to me through the early morning rays glistening off the water. It was a beautiful distraction and one that caused me to stop for a moment and thank Him for this glorious gift this morning. I suspect there are many people who prefer to be stuck in the doldrums of winter- not me. I need to be outside breathing in the mild air of just three seasons. Albeit summer, spring, or fall (in that order), it makes no difference to me, because I am at peace, when I am near the water. It’s strange. Instinctively, my soul is keenly aware of the things that bring me peace-such as water. And like the flipping of a switch, I go into spiritual autopilot when I am near the water. I wonder why?

I often ponder about these things, and my mind always seeks to reason. Metaphorically rich in text, the bible speaks about water in many different ways. We know about the Great Flood, and the baptism of Jesus by Saint John. There is one particular story that resonates with me in a special way. Symbolically, in the bible we read, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14.  What is Jesus saying here? Are there two types of water? One in which we seek out ourselves, or one that we receive from Jesus? Further into the Gospel of John, we read of a conversation that took place near a community water well between Jesus, and a Samaritan woman (first known water cooler chat!). Why is this story so strikingly beautiful? You see, Samaritans were despised by the Jewish people. In fact, Jews were not allowed to associate with Samaritans, let alone be seen near a woman without her husband. Incidentally, this women was not married and was living openly with a series of men. Of course Jesus already knew this.

In this remarkable scene, Jesus kindly asks “will you give me a drink” John 4:7. The woman questions Jesus, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman,” she reminded him. “How can you ask me for a drink?” (John 4:9). Why do I love this scene? Because here, we have a woman who is clearly ostracized from society. Undoubtedly, she is living in sin, and in fact, is immorally bankrupt. But these things do not matter to Jesus. Nonetheless, Jesus takes His time to speak with this women, while asking her to pour him a cup of water. His grace and mercy speak volumes as He ministers to the needs of this women. We glean so much truth from this scene.

As Christians, we believe that salvation and eternal life awaits us all. But first, we must recognize our sinful ways and repent. The water that Jesus gives us, will provide everlasting life to each of us. The blood and water that gushes forth from the heart of Jesus is His Mercy that washes away our sins. I believe this is why I love being near the water. It is the promise of everlasting life. It is through His water, and not mine that quenches my thirst. It is Jesus’ desire that we mingle with all of our brothers and sisters to help reveal His truth. I thirst for the love of Jesus and His promises. Let us all come to the water!

                                   O let all who thirst

                                  Let them come to the water

                                 And let all who have nothing

                                Let them come to the Lord    (John Foley)

 

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Rejecting the Cultural Norm

The Wild West or End of Times: Rejecting the Cultural Norm 

  For many of us, our social media accounts act as a catalyst for our news consumption. As we know, news comes to us from various outlets, and is offered in many different flavors. We laugh at the ridiculous, warmly smile with the good, and cry at the not so good. With no short supply of negative news in sight, it’s no wonder why so many people feel a level of angst these days. For me, I take the news with a grain of salt on most days. Yes, my news comes from social media feeds that I deem my favorite, and ones that I wish to follow… I rarely watch television, and I meticulously cherry pick what news I decide to digest. Lately, due to a tsunami of bad news, I feel a sense of Déjà vu. I feel like I am living out a scene from the Wild West.  Some may suggest that we are living in the end of times. This may be true as biblical truths of the end of times are being realized with each passing day. However, for me, the vision of the Wild West plays out in my mind like a movie reel. Maybe I’ve watched too many spaghetti westerns, but I see our culture a bit like the brutality and violence of yesteryear. Our culture is radically shifting towards unprecedented times. Our radical culture is upon us! It’s pervasively omnipresent and it can be downright scary for some. Like in the Wild West, we have many today who live in a free for all world, meaning that anything apparently goes. During the day, our Wild West had two groups. The lawmen and the outlaws, or the good guys’ vs the bad guys’ respectively. Each group vigilant in their quest fighting each other in duels until the very end. This theme exists today.  

  So what is going on? Indeed, as Christians, we feel marginalized by the recent SCOTUS ruling. We must endure the contraire lifestyles of others while loving those who oppose our religious beliefs (loving is a good thing here!). There are inclusions within our national healthcare system that forces us to support things we reject!  Our fellow Christians abroad are being murdered by extremists who preach hate. Legally, innocent babies are being murdered each day, all because we have given certain rights to women allowing them to do as they please with their bodies. Moreover, as if murdering babies were not enough, babies are being barbarically mutilated and offered up for profit. This is unconscionable and a crime against humanity. The cultural norm today seduces many to join the “throw it away” movement. As of late, we’ve thrown away traditional marriage, religious rights, the lives of fellow Christians, and innocent babies out of society-like it was yesterday’s trash. These examples are unfair and unjust, but so was the death of our Lord.  He promised a life of trials and tribulations throughout all generations. He even said that we would be persecuted. But through all of our trials, we have an obligation to respond with love- just as Christ did on the cross. There is hope!   

  It is in the Gospel of Luke, where we learn of the powerful love, forgiveness, and Mercy of Christ. As He hanged on the cross in midst of excruciating pain, He guaranteed Paradise to the repenting thief on the cross. Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:42-43). Isn’t this just a beautiful testament of our faith? It is never too late to be saved by our Lord-no matter what trials we have. If we ask our Lord with a contrite heart to be forgiven, we will be forgiven. Let’s release the shackles of our sins that prevent us from being holy. Undoubtedly, we will sin, but as Catholic Christians, we have the beautiful sacrament of reconciliation. Reconciliation is always available to us, and it will release the prisoner within. “And all this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting their trespasses against them and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation” (2Corinthians 5:18-19).  We find peace in our Lord through reconciliation.  

  Nothing here on earth is worth losing a place in heaven. For example, cultural norm says that materialism, riches, idolatry, and sexual immorality equals happiness. Untrue! These things will separate us from the Lord, and kill us in the end. Therefore, we must reject the cultural norm. Further, we live in a world of constant temptations. The author of temptation is the evil doer himself. He is the serpent that tries to woo us into his corner. How do we conquer this evil serpent? Well, we can pray to Our Lady. The serpent hates Our Lady, and when called upon, she will crush the head of the serpent. She will guide us back to the safety of her son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Make no mistake, we are living in tough times. People are senselessly dying. We read of parents killing their children, and children killing their parents. We witness the violence unfold onto our streets, and into our neighborhoods. But in the midst of this violence, we struggle to do the one thing that Jesus commands us to do- love our enemy.  The Gospel of Matthew states, “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:44-45). What Christian, and otherwise loving individual of faith can honestly say that they love ISIS? Honestly speaking, I grapple with this issue and it’s hard to accept. Saint Augustine wrote in a letter Cum dilectione hominum et odio vitiorum, which roughly translates to; “love the sinner but hate the sin”. God bless Saint Augustine, he earned his sainthood!  I pray for an increase of understanding.  

  One thing that I am sure of, as Catholic Christians, we receive the goodness of our Lord through the mysteries of the Eucharist- taste and see! Receiving the Blessed Sacrament each week is one of the many reasons why I love being a Catholic. Receiving the weekly sacrament differentiates us from other Christians indeed, but it is also a gift. At the last super, in the Gospel of Luke; “Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you” (Luke 22).  Our faith is steeped in rich tradition, and it is the reason why we heed our Lords advice by celebrating the Holy Eucharist each week…“Do this in memory of me” is not a request, but a command. Be proud that our church and liturgical traditions, like our Lord, have not changed. Despite constant opposition from the world, our church has remained the same for over 2,000 years since our Lords last super. In the Gospel of Matthew, our Catholic church is born! The Lord said to then Simon, (changed to Peter, our first Pope), And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). We give thanks and praise to our Lord for Saint Peter- Amen! 

  Whether we are living in the days similar to that of the Wild West, or nearing the end of times, we have an obligation to our faith. We must pray, fast and repent (and go to mass!). We may not like the landscape of our culture, but our job here on earth is to get to heaven and become Saints. We must live a life according to the will of God. We must detach ourselves from this world. In other words, we must lose this world in order to gain our heavenly world. Yes, we will fail, but we repent! Pray to our Lady, as she will intercede on our behalf to her Son, our Lord. She will never ignore our cries. Like a compassionate mother responding to the needs of a child, she will come to our aid and undo our knots. We are not meant to be perfect in any sense. Christ is looking for the flawed and broken. In our storms, we cry out to Him. Behold! He is with us. If we listen carefully, we will hear Him whisper; “I am with you”. He will never leave us, and He will be with us until the end of time. The Gospel of Matthew, otherwise known as the Great Commission, reaffirms the teachings of our faith through our resurrected Jesus Christ. “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:20).  Blessed are those who remain steadfast through their daily sufferings. If our Lord knocks on your door tomorrow and calls you home, will you be ready? 

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Divine Mercy: The Shadow of the Cross

Have you ever heard of the expression “living in someone else’s shadow”? What does this mean? This is to say, that someone is living their life through that of another. For example, living in another person’s shadow may exist between two siblings-hence sibling rivalry. Perhaps one sibling has movie-star good looks, charm, and athletic abilities, while the other sibling does not. Such deficiencies can cause problems between siblings. The mere suggestion of living in ones’ shadow can be quite negative.

 However, as Catholic Christians, we do need to live in the shadow of just one. We need to live our lives through Jesus Christ. I assure you, Jesus does not care what we look like, or whether we have charm, or particular athletic abilities. He only cares about us, as in you, and me. Yes, rejoice! Finally, someone who loves us for who we are, and without prejudice, or judgement. This is great news!

 If you are living your life through that of another- stop! Take refuge in the shadow of His cross. By taking refuge in the shadow of His cross we obtain peace in our lives. When we acknowledge His cross, we acknowledge His purpose and His promise to us. He was stripped, scourged, beaten and mocked- for us! And in the end, He carried His cross to Calvary for our salvation, and the promise of eternal life in heaven. Jesus profoundly illustrated His sacrifice and love for us-by way of the cross. He chose the road of pain for the blood stains of our sins.

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s   friends” (John 15:13).

 As far as I am concerned, The Passion of Christ is the greatest love story of our time. Jesus is our friend and our Lamb who bravely went out for slaughter. At Calvary, He paid the ultimate price for us! Love wins only through Jesus Christ- Amen!

 Lastly, as Christians we are assured of eternal life through the layers of the Holy Trinity- the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit! Like the three layers of our skin, the Holy Trinity offers us protection. Indeed, the shadow of the cross is a place to hunker down and get real with ourselves and to be one with Christ. He knows everything about our lives.

 Jesus knows our struggles, our temptations, and our sins. He is waiting for us to take refuge in the shadow of His cross. As Christians, our only purpose in life is to get to heaven. We do this by serving and loving God; in the same way that He serves and loves us. Remember His Passion each day at the hour of three.

Pray, repent, and take refuge today!

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Reflections of Marriage at 20

Reflections at 20

The month of June kept our newsrooms working overtime. A trio of heinous terror attacks left dozens dead. The hunt for two escaped convicts finally ended on favorable terms. Five days after the Charleston massacre, South Carolina Gov. Haley called for the removal the Confederate flag (better late than never!) Pope Francis released the encyclical: Laudato Si’ (Care of our common home). And finally, the Supreme Court (SCOTUS), announced their ruling on same-sex marriage.

Make no mistake, our world is rapidly changing and becoming increasingly complex. There are many levels of discourse that exist today. Due to the pervasive nature of global unrest, solving large-scale problems of the world is nearly impossible. I shudder at the daily regurgitation of the mass evilness of the world. I still weep for the families who lost their children in Newtown, CT. (my home state). I care deeply for the homeless souls who constantly worry if they will have food or shelter for one more day. Our response to reconcile the demands of society should always be met with a just intellect. As a nation we have the capacity to change laws in ways that will profoundly affect the lives of many. Unfortunately, as new laws are implemented, not everyone will agree- this is a given. And herein lies the great debate.

For example, let’s talk SCOTUS and their decision regarding same-sex marriage. I am very disappointed in the ruling. I believe in the Law of the Lord- and not in the law of the land. Intrinsically, I believe that marriage is only between a man and a woman. Does my opinion suggest the notion, or even propose the assumption that I am a bigot, or a person of hate? Absolutely not! Cohabiting in a same-sex relationship is not the issue here. Defending the definition of marriage between a man and a woman is at stake here. Moreover, marriage is under attack and biblical truth is being challenged.

Scripture is very clear as to what God had in mind for marriage. Let’s start from the beginning. Remember Adam and Eve? In the Gospel according to Mark, Jesus went into Judea, just east of the Jordan River to speak to a crowd of people. Our Lord said, “But God’s plan was seen from the beginning of creation, for He made them male and female. This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one, let no one separate them, for God has joined them together.” (Mark 10:6-9). The theme of becoming one flesh repeats again in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Paul writes, “As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife and the two are united into one.” (Ephesians 5:31). These passages are clear and concrete- God, and only God is the author of marriage- Amen! 

As a Catholic Christian, it would be pure hypocrisy if I failed to take a firm stand on the issue of same-sex marriage. As a disciple of Christ, I stand with Jesus and God to proclaim the truth. Same-sex marriage is unnatural and goes against God’s divine plan for humanity. My call today is for all Catholics and like-minded Christians of good will. Stop judging the lifestyle and defend the true definition and purpose of marriage. Judging is reserved for God and He will judge all of our immoral acts sooner or later. Christ states, “Stop judging others, and you will not be judged.” (Matthew 7:1).

Let’s get back to basics. We are at our best when we serve others with love and tolerance. Our secular world since the start of time, continues to place wedges of great force between what is moral, and what is not. SCOTUS rulings such as same-sex marriage has the ability to divide us, rather than unite us- if we allow it. In a world of spiritual brokenness, where religious freedom is at stake, I rise above with God’s truth. Undoubtedly, religious freedom is progressively deteriorating, while some argue it is now bankrupt. Remember, it is God who sits on the throne of justice, not SCOTUS.

As a Catholic Christian, today I feel poor because humanity has let me down. But in my faith I am rich. Our Lord was rejected and lived among the poor. My sufferings will forever rest at the foot of the cross. Despite SCOTUS, I will rejoice. Man can try and alter the definition of marriage, but Gods’ divine plan will never change. Scripture states, “But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.” (1 Corinthians 7:2). Oh Lord…how we betrayed you here!  

In lieu of what history has handed us, we continue to witness a fair measure of humbleness among humanity. The great theologian, Saint Augustine of Hippo, is credited with coining the phrase “Love the sinner, but hate the sin”. We have the civil disobedience teachings of Gandhi. Gandhi once stated, “What barrier is there that love cannot break?” I confess, my emotions over this ruling teeters from the irritation over the gross error in judgment, to that of Thoreau and his version of civil disobedience. Thoreau argued that people should deliberately break laws that conflict with ones’ moral belief. This sounds reckless at best, but I assure you I won’t be breaking any laws.

I advocate for prayer, love, tolerance, and the respect for indifference. I will pray for an overturn of decision. I will pray for the conversion of those living a life that is shrouded by a veil of lies. I take great pleasure knowing that I can exercise the First Amendment without prejudice. I reject the courts erroneous pronouncement-it is a direct contradiction of my faith. Though I will never wave a rainbow colored flag, I respect those who live differently than myself. I object to the unconstitutional act of redefining the word marriage, and I will steadfastly defend the institution of marriage between that of a man and a woman. The new cultural standard states that love wins. Love wins only at the cross with Christ. The last scripture in Revelation confirms that in the end God will prevail.   

“Blessed are those who wash their robes so they can enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from the tree of life. Outside the city are the dogs- the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idol worshipers, and all who love to live a lie.” The words of Jesus continue, “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne. I am the bright morning star.” (Revelation 22:14-16).   

On this day of June 30, I am delighted to celebrate my 20th wedding anniversary with my husband and best friend. Our marriage continues to be blessed by God. Our marriage was crafted by the divine power of God. Its very foundation is anchored in a sacramental love. As any married, husband and wife couple knows, marriage does not escape its struggles. Ultimately, it is our faith that defeats these struggles. Our faith in each other renews itself with each passing year God gives us. He replenishes and quenches our thirst to remain true to our holy matrimony promise- this indeed sustains us! We take care of each through the good times and the bad. We do not bail when things get rough. We reflect and forgive each other in all of our daily faults and transgressions. Our Lord taught us to forgive each other in His prayer… “Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us”.  My married friends-forgive each other and love each other deeply. Lastly, we celebrate big today and share our success, and the joys of life with our children. Our children, are our blessings and gifts from God. They complete our love, making us a whole family. We are forever bound together as a married man and woman. God is truly great and He has blessed us abundantly- more than we deserve. ~ God bless and live in the truth.

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Sister Faustina and Divine Mercy

Sister Faustina was a Polish nun. She was born August 25, 1905, and died on October 5, 1938, at the age of thirty-three. Sister Faustina was canonized a Saint on April 30, 2000, by Pope John Paull II. She experienced numerous visitations from Jesus. These visits were designed to have Sister Faustina go out and be a witness to Jesus’ Mercy. She beautifully, and explicitly, recorded every visitation she had with Jesus in her diary. This remarkable diary is truly a gift. After reading her diary, it is my belief, that our time should be spent each day meditating on the Divine Mercy, specifically at the hour of three-o’clock- the hour of His passion. Several sections of the diary detail Jesus giving Sister Faustina special instructions for this hour…

“At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for poor sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world. I will allow you to enter into My mortal sorrow. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion…”(Diary, 1320).

“I remind you, My daughter, that as often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners; for at that moment mercy was opened wide for every soul. In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole world – mercy triumphed over justice.” (Diary, 1572). 

                “My daughter, try your best to make the Stations of the Cross in this hour, provided that your duties permit it; and if you are not able to make the Stations of the Cross, then at least step into the chapel for a moment and adore, in the Blessed Sacrament, My Heart, which is full of mercy; and should you be unable to step into the chapel, immerse yourself in prayer there where you happen to be, if only for a very brief instant. I claim veneration for My mercy from every creature, but above all from you, since it is to you that I have given the most profound understanding of this mystery.” (Diary, 1572).

As Catholic’s, we believe in our Saints-Amen! Our Saints were people just like us suffering the trials of life. They intercede for us on our behalf when we are in great need. Just as our Saints pray for us, we pray for our friends and family who suffer. Prayer is powerful and needed. There is no better way to deepen our relationship with Jesus, than through the Divine Mercy. We have a golden opportunity to experience the Divine Mercy each and every day.

My fellow Catholics and Christians, Jesus is telling us exactly what He desires from us at this hour. We need to resist the worldly distractions and commit ourselves to prayer-albeit brief. Our salvation depends on it! Heed His advice, and remember Him at the three-o’clock hour. If your time is limited, and you cannot do the entire Chaplet devotion with your rosary, consider the following. Set your phone alarm to three-o’clock each day and memorize this simple prayer below. Repeat the prayer three times. That’s it! Christ is patiently waiting for us to remember Him, and His passion. He carried His cross for us as a sacrifice; we now need to carry our cross to return the favor.   

                “Oh Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the heart of Jesus, as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You”.     

 

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What is Divine Mercy?

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The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion

The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us — all of us. And, he wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy.

The Divine Mercy message is one we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC:

A – Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.

B – Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.

C – Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.

This message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God’s mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.

The message and devotional practices proposed in the Diary of Saint Faustina and set forth in this web site (TheDivineMercy.Org) and other publications of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception are completely in accordance with the teachings of Catholic Church and are firmly rooted in the Gospel message of our Merciful Savior. Properly understood and implemented, they will help us grow as genuine followers of Christ.

Spend time to learn more about the mercy of God, learn to trust in Jesus, and live your life as merciful to others, as Christ is merciful to you.  (TheDivineMercy.org)

 

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