GREAT READING FOR LENT and DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

As we approach Divine Mercy Sunday on April 23, the week after Easter Sunday on April 16, and the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima on May 13, check out these great resources on the tremendous power of Divine Mercy and the story of the apparitions at Fatima, 100 years ago.  You can order these at (marian.org)

A JOURNEY TO HEALING THROUGH DIVINE MERCY: MERCY AFTER ABORTION: by Theresa Bonopartis. Sharing the fruits of her own long and often painful process of healing after having had an abortion. Theresa Bonopartis gives her testimony and offers a series of Divine Mercy meditations for post-abortive mothers and fathers. Drawing from the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska and the words of the popes, Bonopartis shares profound insights to assist her wounded brothers and sisters to find healing and renewed relationships with God, their families and friends, and themselves. $9.95.

THE FACE OF MERCY DVD AND LIBERATING A CONTINENT: JOHN PAUL 11 AND THE FALL OF COMMUNISM DVD. These two remarkable documentaries by the Knights of Columbus tell the stories of Divine Mercy and the Great Mercy Pope, St. John Paul II. THE FACE OF MERCY includes the teaching of Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, and Fr. Seraphim Michalenki, MIC, as well as the Divine Mercy testimonies of Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, and Eric Mahl, a Marian Helper and former NFL player. LIBERATING A CONTINENT draws on interviews with many of the foremost experts on St. John Paul II in the world, including Marian Press author Ewa Czaczkowska, who wrote the outstanding biography, FAUSTINA; THE MYSTIC AND HER MESSAGE.’s calls today. Indispensable reading for the 100th anniversary of Fatima. $17.95 B33 FOMDVD and $19.95 B33 JPDVD

FATIMA FOR TODAY; THE URGENT MARIAN MESSAGE OF HOPE by Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR. shares the history of what happened at Fatima, as well as the apparitions that Lucia dos Santos continued to receive later in her life.  He discusses Fatima’s effects on world and Church history, as well as how we can and must answer Our Lady’s calls today. Indispensable reading for the 100th anniversary of Fatima. $16.95

You can also order these at:  shopmercy.org

Happy Reading and a Productive Lent

 

 

PSALM 142 -WHEN TROUBLES OVERWELM US.

PSALM 142:  Psalms such as this one are not reserved for those who are persecuted by visible enemies. They are given to us to pray whenever life’s troubles threaten to overwhelm us.  If we are not suffering tribulation ourselves, we can pray in the name of all those who are burdened with problems that seem insuperable.


WITH ALL MY VOICE I CRY TO THE LORD, with all my voice I entreat the Lord. I pour out my trouble before him; I tell him all my distress while my spirit faints within me. But you, O Lord, know my path.

On the way where I shall walk they have hidden a snare to entrap me. Look on my right and see: there is not one who takes my part. I have no means of escape, not one who cares for my soul.

I cry to you, O Lord. I have said: “You are my refuge, all I have left in the land of the living.” Listen, then, to my cry for I am in the depths of distress.

Rescue me from those who pursue me for they are stronger than I. Bring my soul out of this prison and then I shall praise your name. Around me the just will assemble because of your goodness to me.

GLORY TO THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING, IS NOW, AND EVER SHAL BE, WORLD WITHOUT END. AMEN

 

ASH WEDNESDAY,GOD SPEAKS TO HIS PEOPLE

By: Father Richard Veras             ASH WEDNESDAY

When I was a young priest, I dreaded Ash Wednesday. I experienced myself as a marked  man. I couldn’t step outside the rectory or the Church without being asked/accosted for ashes.  After each Mass or service, it seemed that just as I had washed my thumb, somebody would stick their head into the sacristy with that plaintive smile that always means the same thing on Ash Wednesday.

HOWEVER, WITH the passing years and passing ashes, I have grown to love this day..not despite, but because of so many of my brother and sister Catholics who return to the Church on this day with such a mysterious but real desire to receive “their” ashes.

What an amazing witness it is, what amazing witnesses they are, to the fact that at its core, Christianity is a belonging to Christ, who has chosen us and offers his mercy to us.

And it is a very public witness! How many of their friends might needle them for those ashes, or even ask them why they got ashes if they rarely or never go to Church. I would venture to guess it might be hard for them to explain.. and thus they, and their ashes, witness to the deep mystery of Christ among us.

THE ASHES TELL THE WORLD THAT WE ARE SINNERS. BUT THEY ARE IN THE SIGN OF THE CROSS..AND SO WE ARE SINNERS WHO HAVE HOPE.

On Ash Wednesday, let us thank God for, and pray for, all of our brothers and sisters who witness to us that this hope does not die.

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When the priest makes the cross with the ashes on the forehead of the person he says:

“REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE DUST, AND TO DUST YOU SHALL RETURN”

DURING LENT, let us spend the gift of time seeking the wisdom of heart taught by self-sacrifice, so that, dead to sin, we may rise to new life in Christ, in who death has died.

REPENT AND BELIEVE IN THE GOSPEL.  (Mk 1:15)

 

PRAYER AT GROUND ZERO-9-11-2001

FROM: Magnificat: Meditation of the Day:  O GOD OF LOVE, COMPASSION, AND HEALING, LOOK ON US, people of many different faiths and traditions, who gather today at this site, the scene of incredible violence and pain.

We ask you in your goodness to give eternal light and peace to all who died here-the heroic first-responders: our fire fighters, police officers, emergency service workers, and Port Authority personnel, along with all the innocent men and women who were victims of this tragedy simply because their work or service brought them here on September 11, 2001.

We ask you in your compassion to bring healing to those who, because of their presence here that day, suffer from injuries and illness.  Heal too, the pain of still-grieving families and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.  Give them strength to continue their lives with courage and hope.

We are mindful as well of those who suffered death, injury, and loss on the same day at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  Our hearts are one with theirs as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.

God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world: peace in the hearts of all men and women and peace among the nations of the earth.  Turn to your way of love those whose hearts and minds are consumed with hatred.

God of understanding, overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy, we seek your light and guidance as we confront such terrible events.  Grant that those whose lives were spared may live so that the lives lost here may not have been lost in vain. Comfort and console us, strengthen us in hope, and give us the wisdom and courage to work tirelessly for a world where true peace and love reign among nations and in the hearts of all.   by Pope Benedict SVI

DIVINE MERCY FOR AMERICA-PRAY TOGETHER FOR THE SAME GOAL

DAVE AND JOAN MARONEY OF MOTHER OF MERCY MESSENGERS (MOMM) ARE HARD AT WORK ON THEIR DIVINE MERCY FOR AMERICA (DMFA)CAMPAIGN, an outreach to get as many people as possible praying for our country.

“WE are booked this spring in eastern Florida, South Dakota, and Oakland, California.” said Joan of their travel plans.

And they continue to expand the reach of the campaign.  On March 20, Marian Helpers are invited to St. Bernadette Parish in Surrey, British Columbia, as Joan and Dave debut Divine Mercy for Canada.  For more information, visit  http://www.thedivinemercy.org/momm/canada.

DMFA-DIVINE MERCY FOR AMERICA is also in the middle of a membership drive in the United States.  “The goal is to have teammates in every state and every diocese.” Joan said.  VISIT  http://www.divinemercyforamerica.org FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO SIGN UP.

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I URGE everyone to call and join and pray.  Just think, if every Christian Organization and every Christian in this Country joined to pray, we could set up times when we all said a quick prayer at the same time.  CAN YOU IMAGINE THE POWER OF PRAYER FOR AMERICA if thousands said a prayer at the same time?  Can you imagine we could actually save our Country and bring it’s people back to our Lord Jesus Christ?

Sign up and join me.