TUESDAY WITHIN THE 50 DAYS OF EASTER(the real Tuesday)April 29

Sorry for the mistake, yesterday’s blog was on Monday, April 28.

MEDITATION OF THE DAY:  Born of the Spirit

Holy Spirit, be ever mindful that it is you who, with Mary as your faithful spouse, are to bring forth and fashion the children of God.  In her and with her, you brought forth the Head of the Church and, in the same way, you will bring all His members into being.  Within the Trinity, none of the divine Persons is begotten by you.  Outside the Trinity, you are the begetter of all the children of God.  All the saints who have ever existed or will exist until the end of time, will be the outcome of your love working through Mary.

The reign especially attributed to God the Father lasted until the flood and ended in a deluge of water. the reign of Jesus Christ ended in a deluge of blood, but your reign, Spirit of the Father and the Son, is still unended and will come to a close with a deluge of fire, love and justice.

When will it happen, this fiery deluge of pure love with which you are to set the whole world ablaze and which is to come, so gently yet so forcefully, that all nations…will be caught up in its flames and be converted?…None can shield himself from the heat it gives, so let its flames rise.  Rather let this divine fire which Jesus Christ came to bring on earth be enkindled before the all-consuming fire of your anger comes down and reduces the whole world to ashes.. When you breathe your Spirit into them, they are restored and the face of the  earth is renewed.  Send this all-consuming Spirit upon the earth to create priests who burn with this same fire and whose ministry will renew the face of the earth and reform your Church.

 by: Saint Louis Grignion de Montfort(1716) a great French missionary preacher. 

PRAYER:  O almighty God, you have sent your only Son to be the help and protection of your people.  Give us this day the daily bread of your Work; guide us in your ways; bring us safely to evening, that we may give you thanks and praise, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

A CALL TO MOTHERHOOD

SHE PONDERED THESE THINGS IN HER HEART- A call to Greatness

“Set your stakes on great ideals, the ideals that enlarge the heart,” Pope Francis exhorted young people early in his pontificate.

This call to greatness sometimes seems out of place here in the trenches of raising two young children.  Still, his words resonate with me. My world is so small, and my routines are predictable and contained, but I’ve never felt my heart to be so enlarged as now–through long nights and lonely days of painful stretching, yes, but also through the simple bliss of playing raucously with my children on the floor.

I’m likewise drawn to the image of high stakes, of facing life with boldness and conviction.

There are times I feel that having a child is a sheer act of hope, a statement that, yes, we do believe the world is good and worth redeeming, so much so that we will bring children into it–not to hide in our bunkers, but to teach them to bring Christ’s love to where it’s needed most.  And constantly I’m reminded how the sacrifices of parenthood and marriage fly in the face of a world so taken by self-centeredness, guardedness, and materialism.  Our yes at the altar is repeated every day: to each other, to the needy toddler, to the invitation to allow our hearts to be stretched and filled.

The call to greatness, to holiness, is for all of us, regardless of how limited our spheres may seem.  I can’t answer for others, but what I’m finding is that underlying my small world of home and family is something timeless, expansive, and beautiful.  And that’s something to set my stakes on.
(BY Elizabeth Hansen writes from Connecticut, where she lives with her husband and two toddlers.)

A CALL TO GREATNESS, PARENTHOOD

 

TUES. WITHING THE 50 DAYS OF EASTER, APRIL 28

The angel of God, who had been leading Israel’s camp, now moved and went around behind them. (Ex 13:19)

God’s providence is powerful indeed. Christ, who has let the way through death to life, now shields us from all harm and feeds us with the Bread of life, himself, as he continues to lead us in our own exodus from slavery to the promised land of eternal freedom.

Psalm 34  2-5,8-9:  I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise always on my lips; in the Lord my soul shall make its boast. The humble shall hear and be glad.

Glorify the Lord with me.  Together let us praise his name.  I sought the Lord and he answered me; from all my terrors he set me free.

The angel of the Lord is encamped around those who revere him, to rescue them. Taste and see that the Lord is good.  He is happy who seeks refuge in him.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia!

 

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER, END OF OCTAVE, AND DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY, APRIL 27

Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unvelieving but believe,”  (Jn 20:27)

In the risen Christ, wounded and glorified, we see all our hopes realized.  In him all the wounds of our hearts, minds, and bodies are transformed into his holiness.  The sorrow and pain of our lives are made the source of our sanctification and joy.  (Magnificat)

“How blest are they who have not seen,

And yet whose faith has constant been

For they eternal life shall win.

On this Divine Mercy Sunday we recall the words of Saint Thomas Aquinas: “Mercy consists in bringing a thing out of non-being into being.”

Alleluia,  alleluia,  alleluia!  (Hymn, no name)
 

EASTER SATURDAY-DAY 7 OF OCTAVE

REJOICE IN THE LORD!  AGAIN I SAY REJOICE! ALLELUIA!  (Phil 4:4)

HYMN- Meter 84 84 7

Be joyful, Mary, heav’nly queen, alleluia:  Your Son who died was living seen, Alleluia, rejoice, rejoice, O Mary.

The Son you bore by heaven’s grace, alleluia:  Did all our guilt and sin efface, Alleluia, rejoice, rejoice, O Mary.

The Lord has risen from the dead, alleluia:   He rose in glory as he said, Alleluia, rejoice, rejoice, O Mary

O pray to God, O Virgin fair, alleluia: That he our souls to heaven bear, Alleluia, rejoice, rejoice, O Mary. 

Do not weep. The lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has triumphed, Alleluia! (RV 5:5)

The grief of the Mother at cross and tomb is transformed into joy.  Sprung from the root of David, Mary’s risen Son leads the feeble, the frightened, the blind, the deaf, and the lame home to the glory of that kingdom where she reigns as queen.

from Magnificat  

 

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

I STARTED DESCRIBING DIVINE MERCY IN MY LAST BLOG.  THIS CONTINUES:

The reason this Sunday is celebrated as Divine Mercy Sunday is because this is the Sunday that the Gospel according to St. John about the risen Christ appearing in the Upper Room and about the institution of the Sacrament of Penance (Jn 20″19-29) Consequently, this image represents the Savior risen from the dead who brings peace to people by means of the forgiveness of sins at the price of His passion and death on the cross.

In 1931 in Plock, Poland our Lord communicated His will regarding the painting of the Image of Divine Mercy: “I desire that there be a Feast of Mercy.  I want this image, which you will paint with a brush, to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter; that Sunday is to be the Feast of Mercy” (Saint Faustina’s diary, 49).  I will try to post a copy of the photo when I can.

The rays of blood and water that flow from the Heart that was pierced by a spear (not visible on the image) and the scars caused by the wounds of crucifixion call to mind the events of Good Friday (Jn 19:17-18; 33-37) The pay ray stands for the Blood which makes souls righteous.  The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls…Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter: (Diary, 299).  The Sacraments of Baptism and Penance purify the soul, and the Eucharist most abundantly nourishes it.  Thus, the two rays signify the Holy Sacraments and all the graces of the Holy Spirit, whose biblical symbol is water, as well as the New Covenant of God with men in the Blood of Christ.

This is briefly why we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, say the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Novena. You should be able to get more information on: http://www.catholic.com  

 

DIVINE MERCY

JESUS APPEARED TO SISTER MARIA FAUSTINE KOWALSKA SEVERAL TIMES DURING HER LIFE.  SHE KEPT A DIARY OF HIS VISITS AS HE INSTRUCTED.  YEARS AFTER HER DEATH IN POLAND, HER DIARY WAS FOUND AND PUBLISHED.  SINCE THAT TIME THERE HAS BECOME A DEEP DEVOTION TO OUR BLESSED LORD AND HIS DIVINE MERCY.  PERHAPS YOU HAVE SEEN A HOLY PICTURE OF JESUS WITH DIFFERENT COLOR LIGHTS COMING FROM HIS HANDS.  THOSE ARE THE GRACES HE TOLD FAUSTINA HE GIVES TO THOSE WHO ASK.  THIS COMING SUNDAY, THE 1ST SUNDAY AFTER EASTER HAS BECOME “DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY” IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.  THERE IS USUALLY SPECIAL DEVOTION AT MASS AND USUALLY A SPECIAL PRAYER SERVICE IN THE AFTERNOON.  THIS IS WHEN THE SPECIAL PRAYERS THAT OUR LORD TOLD FAUSTINA TO TELL THE PEOPLE TO SAY, ARE SAID.  PLUS THE DIVINE MERCH NOVENA, AND THE DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET CAN BE SAID ANY TIME.  I believe you can get more information at:  http://www.catholic.com.

One time our Lord told Faustina:  “Today, I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world.  I do not want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My merciful Heart”  “You are the secretary of My mercy; I have chosen you for that office in this and the next life”..”to make known to souls the great mercy that I have for them, and to exhort them to trust in the bottomless depth of My mercy.”  (from her diary)

I will write more tomorrow.

 

EASTER FRIDAY, APRIL 25, DURING THE OCTAVE OF EASTER

REFLECTION:  Many of those who heard the word come to believe, alleluia!  (Acts 4:4)

Astounded, reassured, forgiven, fed by the love of their risen Lord, the disheartened band of Apostles is transformed into courageous preachers who will take the good news of Christ from one end of the world to the other. Magnificat

My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready.  Awake, my soul, awake, lyre and harp, I will awake the dawn.

I will thank you, Lord, among the peoples, among the nations I will praise you for your love reaches to the heavens and your truth to the skies.

O God, arise above the heavens; may your glory shine on earth!  Psalm 57

Glory to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. Amen

EASTER THURDAY, APRIL 24, WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER.

WHEN WE, LIKE THE DISCIPLES IN TODAY’S GOSPEL, (Luke 24:35-48), are “startled,” “terrified,” or “troubled,” what restores our peace?  THE HUMANITY OF JESUS CHRIST.  The risen Lord says to the distressed disciples, “Look at my hands and my feet… Touch me and see.:  …………………………………Those who dare to look at his wounds and live as :witnesses of these things: hear the risen Christ say, “Peace be with you.” Magnificat

MEDITATION OF THE DAY:  cont’d from last night:  EMMAUS

The presence of Jesus, first with words and then with the act of breaking the bread, enabled the disciples to recognize him and they could feel in a new way what they had felt while they were walking beside him: “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?: (Lk.24:32) This episode points out to us two special “places” where we can encounter the Risen One who transforms our life:  in listening to his word, in communion with Christ, and in the breaking of the bread; two “places” profoundly united with each other because Word and Eucharist are so deeply bound together that we cannot understand one without the other:  the Word of God sacramentally takes flesh in the event of the Eucharist..

Dear friends, may the Easter season be for us all a favorable opportunity to rediscover the sources o faith, the presence of the Risen One among us, with joy and enthusiasm….

Let us allow ourselves to encounter the Risen Jesus! He, alive and true, is ever present in our midst; he walks with us to guide our life, to open our eyes.  Let us trust in the Risen One who has the power to give life, to make us be born anew as children of God, capable of believing and of loving.  Faith in him transforms our life, frees it from fear, gives it firm hope, enlivens it with God’s love which gives full meaning to existence.  (Pope Benedict XVI)