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The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and asked to be consoled, for His Heart plunges into deep sorrow because of humanity’s ingratitude and coldness to His burning Love. He has asked us to set apart “a special feast to honor my heart.” In response, the Church has designated the month of June for this occasion.

This year, the novena to the Sacred Heart begins on Thursday, June 7th and ends on Friday, June 15th, the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

Let’s remember the words of Pope Benedict XVI, in  2008, as he urged all Catholics to renew their  devotion to Jesus’ Heart during this month of  June. To offer our devotion to Jesus’ Heart is nothing more than to invest our focus and become increasingly aware of Christ’s Love for us. Jesus’ words to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque can still touch us and give peace to our desperate search for love and acceptance. Jesus says: “Behold the Heart which has so loved men that it has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming Itself, in order to testify Its love.”

So let’s pause and ask ourselves: Am I really loved to the extent that Jesus claims to love me? If the answer to this question doesn’t come   easily, I propose the following spiritual exercise. I ask you to call to memory a person or persons by whom you have felt loved. Then, let’s remind ourselves that these special people in our lives are “loving” us through their humanity: their hands, their gestures, their heart. Let us now recall that Jesus, the Son of God, did indeed become human and can love us just as much as others do.  Jesus “worked with human hands; he thought with a human mind. He acted with a human will, and with a human heart – He loved.”  (CCC #470; GS 22 § 2) Now, although Jesus’ heart is human, He loves you with a divine intensity, an unconditional, faithful, free, fully invested presence and spirit. Can you see this?

We are His beloved! It was on the feast of St. John the evangelist, the beloved disciple, that Jesus appeared for the first time (Dec 27, 1673) to St. Margaret Mary. She was praying in front of the Blessed       Sacrament, she writes in her autobiography, when she began to feel overcome by a divine presence. She defines the feeling as being “wholly penetrated” to the point that she lost awareness of herself and her surroundings.  Jesus appeared and exclaimed that His Sacred Heart is so  inflamed with Love (for you) that He cannot contain the flames of charity from within.  Next, He asked Margaret Mary for her heart which she “begged Him to take.” And the unthinkable happened! Margaret Mary saw Jesus placing her heart in “His own Adorable Heart” and her heart began to be “consumed in this great furnace.” Jesus then withdrew it and Margaret Mary could see her heart and Jesus’ heart united in the form of “a burning flame.”

Jesus said, “my well-beloved, I give you a precious token of My love,having enclosed within your side a  little spark of its glowing flames, that it may serve you for a heart and consume you to the last moment of your life; its ardor will never be exhausted, and you will be able to find some slight relief only by bleeding. Even this remedy I shall so mark with My Cross, that it will bring you more humiliation and suffering than alleviation. Therefore, I will that you ask for it with simplicity, both that you may practice what is ordered you and also to give you the consolation of shedding your blood on the cross of humiliations. As a proof that the great favor I have done to you is not imagination, and that it is the foundation of all those which I intend further to confer upon you, although I have closed the wound in your side, the pain will always remain. If before, you have taken only the name of My slave, I now give you that of the beloved disciple of My Sacred Heart.”

St. Margaret Mary explains that His favor “lasted for a long time, during which I knew not whether I was in
heaven or on earth, I remained for several days, as it were, on fire and inebriated (with divine love) and so
completely out of myself, that I had to do myself violence in order to utter a single word. The effort I had to
make in order to join in recreation or to take food was so great that it was all I could do to overcome myself,
which was a cause of considerable humiliation to me. I was not able to sleep,because of the pain of the
wound, which is so precious to me; it produces such heat within me that it burns and consumes
me alive. I also felt such a plentitude of God, that I could not explain myself to my Superioress, as I should
have wished, regardless of any suffering and confusion which the recital of these favors might cause me.
I would rather have accused myself of my sins before the whole world than speak of these graces on
account of my extreme unworthiness. It would have been a great consolation to me had I been permitted
to read aloud my general confession in the refectory,in order thereby to make known the depth of
corruption which is in me, so that none of the favors I received might be attributed to me.”

(http://www.ewtn.com/library/christ/firstfri.txt)

Today, this Love is available to us. We are able to experience this very overwhelming experience which Margaret Mary felt by opening ourselves up to God’s daily graces. Times of solitude, reading the bible, gratitude and praise, and acts of Mercy are effective means to grow in closer union with God.  This is what we strive for at The John Paul II Center. Even through our imperfections, we work to be the hands, the feet, and the heart of Jesus as we attend to those whom God has sent to our doors. We understand that one of the main issues in our modern world is that we have simply lost knowledge of what love is and what love looks like.  Today, I encourage you to follow a merciful approach to life and love and forgive those who God has brought into your life. Always strive to become increasingly aware of their precious dignity as the images and children of God that they are. Being merciful in this way will in turn place us in a more intimate communion with our Savior and help us to understand the treasures hidden in Our Savior’s heart, His radical love for you and I.

Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

I. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you,ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.”Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of……(here name your request)
Our Father…Hail Mary….Glory Be To the Father….Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

II. O my Jesus, you have said: ”Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.” Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of……. (here name your request)
Our Father…Hail Mary….Glory Be To the Father….Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

III. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.” Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of….. (here name your request)
Our Father….Hail Mary….Glory Be to the Father…Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours.
Say the Hail, Holy Queen and add: St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.


Dare to believe!

Have you ever known someone that was crazy to see you?  See you for what, you may say! Your friend’s heart pulsates rapidly just thinking that you are near.  If you lay your head in your friends’ chest, you can feel how your presence calms your friends’ heart down.

Could you merit that much passion from someone? Have you earned such attention?
Apparently – you have…

As we speak, you are being Loved by God with no strings attached, no judgment, no imposition – just a gentle cry from the Creator of all things wanting to say hi – to commune with you.

How? Don’t use your intellect; stop figuring this out!

Focus on your heart and love Him.

During the next 4 minutes, just Love Him.

Leave behind all pre-conceived ideas that you may have and simply Love Him . This is not about you; It is about Him.

If you are inspired to write, send us your experience and let us know whether you want to share it with others or not on the website.

Be happy!

 


Oh Fire of Love – Fire of Love!
Burn me from the inside out.
Let your flames burn me; consume me.
God of Love; God of Fire!
My soul can barely take your Flames; drink your Love…
But my heart wishes, and even begs, for more.
Consume me oh Grandeur;
Consume me oh Lover; My Master; My Defender; Mercy Incarnate.
Let your Will be done on earth!
Let your will be done on me!
 


Love became Man.

I have become greatly aware this Christmas that Love is It. It is everything.
 
I look around me and I see that Love is what animates us, it is our desire to commune, it is the reason behind our dialogues, it is why we wake up, it is the reason why we don’t want to die, it is the reason why we want to die…Love sustains us, Love calls us. We live in Love, through Love, and for Love.
What is also interesting is that as much as Love is everything, it cannot be defined. The term “love” cannot define “Love.” Love is not a word; Love is energy; it is a force; it is the action of giving and receiving. It is, simply, the Trinity. You cannot define it. To define love is to narrow it. Love can only be lived and not understood. It is not meant to be in a page of a dictionary or in someone’s understanding, it is the actions of the Trinitarian giving and receiving in which we, unaware at times, live this called humanity.

This Christmas, Love became Man. How can that be?
 
This communion of persons in the Trinity, this giving and receiving that created the world became a brother to us. He grew nails like we did, he got his knees dirty, he saw through our eyes, and He gave Himself to death – body, blood, soul and divinity.

Coincidentally,  “Jesus Divine Mercy Inc,” will be travelling the next three weeks to Paray-le-monial (France), the location where the saint Margaret Mary alacoquereceived the vision of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. There the team will inquire, dialogue, and share about this amazing mystery of God’s love. We will have you all in our prayers.

 

Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2011!

 


Divine Mercy, Holy Mary, and our times.

 Why would Jesus choose to remind us in our times that He is Divine Mercy? Can we call Mary “Mother of Mercy?”

St. Gertrude 

Certainly, we are living in interesting times. St. Gertrudis (1256-1302 A.D.) had the privilege to see the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She describes it as a fountain of graces flowing out over the whole world in the form of the purest water she has ever seen. On the Catholic Church’s feast of the apostle John, the very apostle appeared to her and placed her on Our Lord’s wounded side. From here, she could hear Our Lord’s beating heart. She emotionally asked St. John, who had rested his head on Our Savior’s chest, why haven’t you told the world about this? St. John replied that it was his task to speak about the Word becoming flesh but that the “The eloquence of that sweet beating” of Jesus’ heart “is reserved for the last age in order that the world grown cold and torpid may be set on fire with the love of God.”
 
Also, let’s consider the folowing. Before becoming Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla said the following words during a visit to the UnitedCardinalKarolWojtyla States: “We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel. This confrontation lies within the plans of Divine ProvidenceIt is a test of 2,000 years of culture and Christian civilization with all of its consequences for human dignity, individual rights, human rights and the rights of nations.” (Karol Cardinal Wojtyla, Wall Street Journal, Nov. 9, 1978)

So what do we make of St. Apostle’s comments to St. Gertrude and our beloved Pope’s words regarding this final confrontation? Personally, right off of the top of my head, I can think of three things:
1) We are living in challenging and historical times.
2) The church needs to be evangelized.
3) This sign of Mercy is our last opportunity for salvation.
 
I would say that this final confrontation that John Paul II talks about can also be viewed as between the Gospel of Mercy and anti-mercy. Our beloved Pope has also exclaimed that the world will not have peace until humanity turns to God’s Mercy. We see this as well in the Diary of St. Faustina. Brothers and sisters, Mercy is the key. By His Mercy, we will mary-baby-jesusobtain the graces of love, faith, and hope. But moreover, in this confrontation, Mary – the mother of Mercy – is putting on her gloves a well. Let’s remember that she is our mother too who is going into battle. She is the Mother of Mercy.
 
We can recall various reasons why our mother Mary is the Mother of Mercy.
 
We don’t need to look any further than the gospel of Luke. The angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she will give birth to a boy named Emmanuel which also means God with us. That is, Mary is the instrument through which God has made himself incarnate, flesh and bones, the second person of the Trinity sharing our human dna and redeeming us through his body, blood, soul, and divinity. By His actions, our fallen human nature has been redemeed being one with Him and consequently sharing in the Alpha and Omega, the Trinity. Even more, we have been given a mother to also care for us. –  It is not just a theory; she claims motherhood over us as well.
“Once, the confessor told me to pray for his intention, and I began a novena to the Mother of God. This novena consisted in the prayer “Hail, Holy Queen” recited nine times. Toward the end of the novena I saw the Mother of God with the Infant Jesus in her arms. … I could not stop wondering at His beauty. … I heard a few of the words that the Mother of God spoke. … The words were: “I am not only the Queen of Heaven, but also the Mother of Mercy, and your Mother” (Diary, 330)
We have also seen these words from the Virgen of Guadalupe. She tells the Indian Juan Diego:
Am I not here, I who am your Mother ? Are you not under my shadow and protection ? Am I not the source of your joy ? Are you not in the folds of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else that you need?
The second reason why we can call Mary the Mother of Mercy is that Mary is “the one who experienced mercy in an InmaculateConcepcionexceptional way — as no one else.” (Encyclical Dives in Misericordia, section 9) She received what theologians called “prevenient” grace. This comes from the latin prae-venire, which means “to come before.” In other words, even before we ask for it, and quite apart from the fact that we do not deserve it, and have not earned it in the least, God graciously takes the initiative and comes to our aid. We see a reflection of it in a parent’s love to a child. Mary did not merit God’s Mercy and she could not have asked to be immaculately conceived. God took the initiative and fashioned her to be the created masterpiece of His Mercy in the world. The Immaculate Conception is really the supreme manifestation of God’s prevenient, unmerited mercy. In “Veritatis Splendor (1993),” we read that our Mother Mary literally brought Divine Mercy into our world. John Paul II, the author of such encyclical, expresses that God needed to reveal His Mercy and this brought forth the incarnation. Please noticed the beautiful rendering of God’s desire to save us when the Pope uses the word “need” implying God, who is perfect Love and needs nothing, did want to have us by His side and save us from the evil that pushes us the other way.
Mary also is the Mother of Mercy because she gave perfect devotion to Our Lord, her son. As we may recall, Jesus gives us five ways to adore His Mercy in the Faustina’s Diary. Mary performed each one with perfect disposition.
 

  

  

 

The five ways to adore Mercy are…

1) Spread out the message of Mercy through prayer, deeds, and words.

Besides saying “yes” to being the mother of Jesus, Mary intercedes for us in
the Wedding of Cana and many other occasions throughout the bible. Even today.  

  

 2) To trust in God’s goodness.
Did not Mary trust in God’s goodness?
 

 

3) Venerate the image of Divine Mercy
Can we recall Mary at the foot of the Cross venerating His Son Jesus?
 

4) Praying the chaplet of Divine Mercy

Who can more perfectly offer Her Son to the Father than Mary?  

5) Feast of Divine Mercy

 Who can be more willing to celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy than Mary having received the gift of Immaculate Conception and wishing all her children to be saved?  

 
 Mary, as the Mother of Mercy, wants to always show us the way to salvation. She wants to lead us, grace by grace, step by step, to Jesus’ embrace.
 
Faustina has referred to her as her instructor. Mary is my Instructress, who is ever teaching me how to live for God. My spirit brightens up in Your gentleness and Your humility, O Mary.” (Diary, 620) 

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On one occasion, Mary teaches Faustina that humility is necessary to be true disciples of Christ:  “When I was left alone with the Blessed Virgin, She instructed me concerning the interior life. She said, The soul’s true greatness is in loving God and in humbling oneself in His presence, completely forgetting oneself and believing oneself to be nothing; because the Lord is great, but He is well pleased only with the humble; He always opposes the proud. (Diary, 1711) She also taught Faustina the three most important virtues above all: “I desire, My dearly beloved daughter, that you practice the three virtues that are dearest to Me-and most pleasing to God. The first is humility, humility, and once again humility; the second virtue, purity; the third virtue, love of God. As My daughter, you must especially radiate with these virtues. When the conversation ended, She pressed me to Her Heart and disappeared. When I regained the use of my senses, my heart became so wonderfully attracted to these virtues; and I practice them faithfully. They are as though engraved in my heart.” (Diary, 1415)

 In conclusion, Mary is our Mother and our mother has the title of The Mother of Mercy. She loves us in her motherly ways being affectionate, guiding, and caring for us. She loves our brothers and sisters and she does not want to them to be lost. For that reason, she exhorts us to tell them about the Mercy of her Son.

 “ March 25. In the morning, during meditation, God’s presence enveloped me in a special way,as I saw the immeasurable greatness of God and, at the same time, His condescension to His creatures. Then I saw the Mother of God, who said to me, Oh, how pleasing to God is the soul that follows faithfully the inspirations of His grace! I gave the Savior to the world; as for you, you have to speak to the world about His great mercy and prepare the world for the Second Coming of Him who will come, not as a merciful Savior, but as a just Judge. Oh, how terrible is that day! Determined is the day of justice, the day of divine wrath. The angels tremble before it. Speak to souls about this great mercy while it is still the time for [granting] mercy. If you keep silent now, you will be answering for a great number of souls on that terrible day. Fear nothing. Be faithful to the end. I sympathize with you.” (Diary, 635)

Let us love one anmonstranceDivinemercyother. If Mary is our mother, my neighbour is also my brother. When I act wrongly against him, I’m acting wrongly against my very self. When I love my brother, I am loving my very self. We really are one body. Let’s ask Mary to pray that we might receive God’s graces to spiritually evolve above all the limitations that we put on ourselves. Let’s each of us be an apostle of Mercy.

 (Please use this information and other docs on this website to promote the fact that God loves each of us and accepts each of us the way we are right now (not later). Let us know if we can help you in your evangelization efforts. Thank you!)  

 

 


You are my hiding place!

Psalm 91 can be life-changing. Choose people to pray psalm 91 over. It could be yourself, your son, your husband or wife, etc. Many people have seen the benefits of this prayer.

Ask yourself the following,
• Am I tossing and turning at night with worry?
• Am I trying to figure a way out of that impossible problem?
• Do I feel like I am completely alone with no one to help?
• Is depression dogging my steps? Have a lack of joy, an absence of hope?
• Do I find it harder and harder to laugh and find delight in life?

                                Reflect on this psalm for the next 5 days and let God’s Word bring forth what it says it would do.

                                                                            

Psalm 91 FatherSon

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]

2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
 

 3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
 
 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.angel2
 
 5 You will not fear the terror of night,nor the arrow that flies by day,6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

 

 
7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
 
8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
 

9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling,

 
 10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
 
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
 
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12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
 
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
 
 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
  
                                                            
 

   

                                                                    Testimonies

 

God Bless, Jane Ouijada, Proud mom of a US Marine!
http://www.peggyjoyceruth.org/testimonials.html
I would like to give testimony of a miracle God preformed for my son Lcpl. Mikhail Quijada and Gunnery Sergeant Todd Bryd Oct. 5th 2005 in Iraq. They were in convoy when the LAV they were in ran over a IED ( land mine). The mine didn’t go off when the first set of tires went over it. If it had, it could of killed or seriously injured my son and his sergeant. It exploded when the second set rolled over it destroying the vehicle but without harming Mikhail or Todd. Mikhail’s loving wife has been reading Psalm 91 over him morning and night. She has a copy of your book that I had sent her. We are so grateful to God for His Word first of all, but for you also for making Psalm 91 more than just writing on a page;”>
 
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On an otherwise beautiful saturday morning , many Americans were suddenly shocked by live television images of the space shuttle, Columbia, disintegrating before our eyes during its final approach to a landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
 Not long after that event, I received an e-mail from a pastor in Colorado. He was searching for insight into the meaning of the promises in Psalm 91—urgent in light of the death of Columbia’s Mission Commander, Rick Husband, who openly professed faith in Christ. But the issue went beyond that to the suffering and death of countless other Godly believers throughout history.

 

http://www.christiananswers.net/q-aiia/psalm91promises.html

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“Many people came to know and trust the Lord during World War II. One was an Englishman who was held in a German prison camp for a long period of time. One day he read Psalm 91. ‘ Father in Heaven, ‘ he prayed, ‘ I see all these men dying around me, one after the other. Will I also have to die here? I am still young and I very much want to work in Your kingdom here on earth.’
He received this answer:’ Rely on what you have just read and go home!’ Trusting in the Lord, he got up and walked into the corridor toward the gate. A guard called out, ‘Prisoner, where are you going?’
‘ I am under the protection of the Most High,’ he replied. The guard came to attention and let him pass, for Adolf Hitler was known as ‘ the Most High.’ He came to the gate, where a group of guards stood. They commanded him to stop and asked where he was going. ‘ I am under the protection of the Most High.’ All the guards stood at attention as he walked out the gate.
The English officer made his way through the German countryside and eventually reached England, where he told how he had made his escape.
He was the only one to come out of that prison alive. “

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Testimony of Sergeant Harold Barclay of Brownwood, Texas

as told by his daughter,  Janie Boyd

 

Sergeant George Harold Barclay Served in WWII in General Patton’s 320th Infantry of the U.S. Army, Company E. Continuous fear eliminated any expectation of ever returning to his wife and baby daughter. The same fear kept his wife terrified when she would see a Western Union truck delivering letters of war casualties. Once a Western Union messenger came to her door by mistake and she said that she froze with terror. Sometimes as many as six weeks would go by without a letter, during which time the News reported that half of Barclay’s company had been killed. The Battle of the Bulge saw his whole outfit cut off from the rest of the army.

 Finally, however a letter came from Harold saying that God had given him Psalm 91, and he now had absolute certainty that he would come home without even an injury. So certain was he of this promise in Psalm 91, that when the medics said they needed volunteers to go to the front lines to bring back the injured, Harold volunteered and made repeated trips under extreme enemy fire, saving many lives.

 The citation for the Bronze Star Award that he received said “…for bravery”, but Harold insisted that it wasn’t bravery since he knew nothing would happen to him because of the covenant promise God had given to him in  Psalm 91. When he came home without a scratch, it was obvious that angels had indeed borne him up in their hands, allowing no evil to befall him ( Psalm 91: 11-12).

http://www.peggyjoyceruth.org/testimonials.html

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                                                 Deliver us in Your Righteousness!

Once, I was traveling late at night on a steep mountain road in Romania.  As
we took a steep curve, I heard a loud noise and realized that the front axle of
the automobile had broken.  The car immediately began to careen out of
control and head over the side of the mountain.  I had time to say ONE word.  
  I cried out a special name for God which means “Saviour”.   When I spoke
this special name for God, the car suddenly turned from its course over the
side of the mountain and stopped right on the edge of the cliff!  God saved our
lives by a great miracle, but not because we were so good.  God saved our
lives by a great miracle because God is so good!  That means that you, your
family and every family in the world are just as important to God as I am!

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This story is true, but the names of the people have been changed, and the country cannot be revealed due to sensitivity.
 
After twenty years of ministry in other lands, God led the family of Glen and Peggy Gray to Ukraine. They were the first Assemblies of God missionaries to reside in this former Communist country. As academic dean, Glen was correlating and organizing studies at the Ukraine Assemblies of God Bible School located in the capital city of Kiev.
The Grays arrived in August 1993, excited about helping to train pastors and leaders for the growing Pentecostal churches.
Weeks later, after many discouragements, including not being able to find housing (the four of them were living in one room with no cooking facilities) and visa delays, they decided to take a break. With their students, they attended a Christian youth music festival celebrated by the Ukrainian church. Young people from all over the country displayed their talents in worshiping the Lord.
As the Grays were leaving the festival, a visiting pastor from the States followed them to the car. Sensing their discouragement, he prayed for their housing needs. Then before he left, he shook his finger at Glen and Peggy and said, “Psalm 91, guys! Psalm 91 is your cover!”
“What does that beautiful psalm have to do with our housing.
About fifteen minutes later Peggy, daughter Charlene, and son Shawn were sitting in their Speed the Light car outside a hotel. Glen had gone inside to exchange dollars into local currency. Peggy and the children were talking and “people watching” when all of a sudden Charlene yelled, “Mom, that guy has a gun!”
As Peggy looked, she saw not one but many men with guns surrounding them and other cars, as well as a large tourist bus. Peggy screamed for the kids to hit the floor of the car.
They got down as far as possible, and Peggy told them to pray that their dad would not walk out into this major robbery. Minutes seemed like hours as they cried out to God. Once Peggy peeked up and saw a man standing directly in front of the car, waving his gun wildly. He looked right at Peggy, so she quickly flattened herself down behind the driver’s seat again and prayed. The man never came to their new Speed the Light car—an obvious target!
Peggy had an overwhelming sense of being covered. In the short time she’d looked up, she’d seen men with guns beating people. Other victims lay bleeding on the ground.
Meanwhile, when Glen tried to leave the hotel, he was almost knocked down by three of the bandits who were attempting to escape by racing into the hotel. He paused at the door, horrified to see men struggling with the armed robbers.
In a few minutes, he was able to race to the car, where he was relieved to find his family safe. Quickly he drove them away.
They returned to the center where we were staying, and George Dawidiuk, a Ukrainian-American evangelist, prayed with the Grays. Then, without knowing of the previous pastor’s prayer, he too shook his finger at them and said, “Hey, guys! Psalm 91! Psalm 91 is your cover!”
“Mom, that’s what the other man said!” Charlene whispered.
 
They went quickly to their room, opened their Bibles, and read together, “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day (or bullets?), nor the plague that destroys at midday (the worsening of fear, anger, and disillusionment here).
 
“A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, (Oh, Lord, we saw that today at the right side of our car!) but it will not come near you.
 
“You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. (We saw that carried out by the undercover agents!) If you make the Most High your dwelling—even the Lord, who is my refuge—then no harm will come near your tent (or car?),” Psalm 91:4-10, NIV.
 
Verses 14, 15, and 16 are the Grays’ family slogan now! Whenever the shaky conditions make them nervous, they look at each other and say as a family, “Psalm 91, guys! Psalm 91!”
 
The information from this story came from Mountain Movers
 
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St. Ignatius of Loyola and Prayer as a continuous conversion

      I have often defined “prayer” as a response to God’s omnipresent and omnipotent Love which is found in every dimension of our daily lives in the form of what St. Ignatius calls an effective Love. Today, upon further reading and reflection, I am more ready to define “prayer” as a transformation; an on-going conversion, if you wish, towards a perfect union with our very Trinitarian God. I have also grown more inclined to go beyond the reality of God’s call for an intimate union and to lay greater emphasis on the conversion process that this union entails. Prayer ought to be more than a final revelation about God’s Love or a once felt metanoia. It should constitute a one-on-one progressive relationship and consequent transformation. Prayer, viewed in this light, makes us aware of two very important realities in regards to the God-creature relationship: God is perfect Love, and we are wounded and imperfect. The mystical union which the Gospel calls us into with God is more than simply being able to acknowledge Its Majesty in our midst but a progression or pilgrimage towards holiness. StIgnatius Adopting St. Ignatius’ description of his own soul, we can also claim to be pilgrims in journeying to a more intimate union with our Creator. Personally, I find great strength in this. To understand prayer from a pilgrim’s perspective allows me to be more conscious of the effects of original sin and redemption and how each of my actions could become a prayer. Moreover, I am reminded of the call to continuously surrender to God’s Will and the spiritual treasure found in humility.

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Let us start by saying that a pilgrim is aware of his/her sinful state and the Redemption which has been gained by His Lord. In his journey, prayer is viewed as the soul’s progression from being self-centered to becoming Christ-centric. This transformation that our souls are to undergo illuminates the value of being aware of both our sinful and redeemed state. First off, we should state clearly that the pilgrim bears the effects of original sin or the consequences of the Fall by the first Adam. This becomes evident in our own lives as we have felt the challenge to reconcile our desire to approach God with the discouragement planted by our wounds, distrust of Love, ill-informed reasoning, a misdirected will, selfishness, vanity, and concupiscence. The pilgrim recognizes its sinful tendencies but looking at prayer as a journey gives him/her a greater disposition to accept his/her faults. This in turn makes the pilgrim more receptive to God’s Graces and able to grow from his/her common spiritual struggles. Moreover, the pilgrim knows as well that he/she bears the fruits of the new Adam. Through Christ, by His Life, Death, and Resurrection, the wounded soul has gained adoption as a son or daughter of the Almighty God. This turns the effects of the first Adam into an opportunity to meet God’s Merciful Love and receive the fruits of redemption. While the soul remains wounded, always unrepeatable, wonderfully made and autonomous in his free will, he/she shares the image of Christ’s baptism. The soul receives the fruits of redemption while living in the mystery of Love where the pilgrim’s freedom to move closer to Its Majesty is still respected by presenting both the choice of life or death. Prayer in the life of the pilgrim becomes the continuous effort to choose life and such a choice is typified in changing from the old Adam into the New Adam.
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Eventually, prayer, in union with Christ, becomes the pilgrim’s very action. As the pilgrim embarks on his/her journey, the soul views prayer as a re-orientation of his/her focus. The objective is to remove anything that may impede the soul’s on-going conversion into the new Adam. St. Ignatius depicts this clearly in his Spiritual Exercises in the way the soul is helped to obtain greater degrees of freedom in order to progress into a deeper union with The Creator. Through specific meditations and reflections found in his Spiritual Exercises, the soul, by God’s Grace, works on freeing itself from the prison of its own ego and re-orients all its faculties towards God. What has caused the soul to fall is now a conduit to Its Creator. For instance, the ability to reason now becomes the key to free ourselves from our concupiscence. Our memories can now be divinized to see God as our primary reference point. Our wills become an opportunity to participate in the Trinitarian life by choosing to be a sincere gift of self to others. In brief, the soul becomes rooted in Christ and our prayers carry the fruits of His very Passion, Death, and the Redemption which He has gained for us. By His merits, our prayers operate in the power and intimacy of the second person of the Trinity. Our soul becomes the incarnation of Christ and our very actions including our sufferings and joys, united with Our Savior, become actual prayers.
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     To the pilgrim, these prayers are a constant surrendering to God’s Will and a deepening relationship with His Savior. To look at prayer as a journey serves to expose several lies which I have always found to be roadblocks on my journey towards Love. I am referring particularly to the tendency to make prayer a superficial and un-engaging act while adopting the mindset that we have reached a final stage of conversion. A pilgrim is not interested in viewing prayer as a finite solution to the reality of God. As we have mentioned before, the soul rather sees prayer as a journey rooted in an on-going affair. This allows the soul to address God with sincerity knowing that the objective is not to be found sinless but to be part of the relationship anticipated by the desired union. The soul does not keep moments of desolation and consolation to himself/herself but shares these with His Creator. Superficial prayers are inapplicable when the pilgrim understands prayer to be a heart-to-heart conversation with its Creator. Moreover, consistency in relating to God is highly valued as this is the basis of the relationship. Time is scheduled to be spent with the Lord and an on-going awareness of God’s presence is fostered throughout the day. The transformation is never final since the Creator is infinite but yet the journey provides fulfillment for the pilgrim’s deepest longings. As the soul works on becoming freer, the pilgrim does not experience a recurring metanoia but a deepening knowledge of God’s Mercy. This moves him/her to respond more fully to the Lord and in this way gradually surrender to His Will.

      At last, the act of surrendering turns prayer into a complete dependence on God’s Grace. The ability to understand what we have mentioned above (our sinful nature and redemption, the Incarnation and God’s Will) rest wholly on the Graces that God imparts. The pilgrim understands that he/she cannot advance one inch forward without God’s Grace. In our arrogance, we shy away from His Graces. In our journey, the most sought after gift then becomes humility. For St. Ignatius, the three degrees of humility (provided in His Spiritual Exercises) represent three levels of generosity which the pilgrim would want to experience in following Christ. Again, we find in Ignatius’ writing the call to be transformed into Christ. When looking at the first degree of humility, the pilgrim desires to be detached from any mortal sin. The second degree seeks detachment from venial sin. The third degree of humility calls for the pilgrim’s total configuration into Christ sharing His poverty, humiliations, and Cross. The greater degree of our humility, the more our souls open to God’s Graces and we grow in our mystical union with God. This reality of our journey seems to be heightened by looking at prayer in the context of our pilgrimage.
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      In conclusion, prayer is to be transformed into the new Adam: Christ. And in this process, we do contemplate God’s outpouring self through our daily events and even in our very actions. In understanding my current spiritual state to be the one of a pilgrim, I find it easier to accept my faults and the redemption Christ has gained for me. I can more trustingly approach His Merciful Heart with the goal that one day I would be able to hear both My Savior beg for my heart and my heart begging for His. Certainly, God’s effective Love will become manifested in my caring for those who are in need. My life will be my prayer. My prayer will be my conversion.


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“Pardon of Assisi”


We have a plenary indulgence today!

During his Angelus message back in August 2 2009, Pope Benedict XVI said:
In fact, today is the feast of the “Pardon of Assisi,” which St. Francis obtained from Pope Honorious III in the year 1216, after having a vision while he was praying in the little church of the Portiuncula. Jesus appeared to him in his glory, with the Virgin Mary on his right and surrounded by many Angels. They asked him to express a wish and Francis implored a ‘full and generous pardon’ for all those who would visit that church who ‘repented and confessed their sin.’ Having received the papal approval, the Saint did not wait for any written document but hastened to Assisi and when he reached the Portiuncula announced the good news: “Friends, the Lord want to have us all in Heaven.” Since then, from noon on 1 August to midnight on the second, it has been possible to obtain, on the usual conditions, a Plenary Indulgence, also for the dead, on visiting a parish church or a Franciscan one.

St. Francis of Assisi loved the Portiuncula, the chapel of St. Mary of the Angels. The Benedictines had given this chapel to St. Francis and his early followers. It was their first home. St. Clare made her vows there.

The usual conditions to obtain the Portiuncula Indulgence include sacramental Confession and Communion within 8 days, the visit to the parish or Franciscan church, and prayers for the Holy Father.

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Saint Faustina was a Polish member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. In the 1930s she received a message of mercy from the Lord, which she was told to spread throughout the world. This message emphasises faith in the mercy of God, revealed in Jesus Christ and encourages us to reflect this same mercy in our relations with others.

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A Divine Mercy Cenacle is a group of people who meet weekly for song, prayer, and discussion on Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the writings of St. Maria Faustina, as a small Christian community. The revelations given to St. Maria Faustina are excellent for spiritual growth and also give a deeper understanding of our merciful Lord.

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o Small groups help make healthy parishes

o Small groups are part of everyday life

o Small groups are found in Holy Scriptures

o Small groups are found in Church’s Teachings

We are called to create small communities of faith which will become a means of evangelization of the gospel and a source of new ministries.
Pope John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio


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You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve from it. I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbor: the first – by deed, the second – by word, the third – by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy , and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy” (Diary, 742).

Corporal Works Of Mercy

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September 6, 1937. Today, I begin a new assignment. I go from the garden to the desert of the gate. [210] I went in to talk to the Lord for a while. I asked Him for a blessing and for graces to faithfully carry out the duties entrusted to me. I heard these words: My daughter, I am always with you. I have given you the opportunity to practice deeds of mercy which you will perform according to obedience. You will give Me much pleasure if, each evening, you will speak to Me especially about this task. (Diary, 1267)

The seven practices of charity toward our neighbor.


1. Feed the hungry

2. Give drink to the thirsty

3. Clothe the naked

4. Shelter the homeless

5. Visit the sick
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6. Visit those in prison

7. Bury the dead

Mt 25:34 “Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ’Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ’Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink?’ And the king will answer them, ’Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of my brethren, you did it to me.’”

The corporal works of Mercy are oriented toward the body.


Spiritual Works Of Mercy

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The Spiritual Works of Mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in spiritual necessities (CCC #2447), those being focused on getting a soul to Heaven.


The seven Spiritual Works of Mercy are:

Admonish the sinner

Instruct the ignorant

Counsel the doubtful

Comfort the sorrowful

Bear wrongs patiently

Forgive all injuries

Pray for the living and the dead

The spiritual works of mercy are oriented toward the soul


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“You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve from it. I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbor: the first – by deed, the second – by word, the third – by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy” (Diary, 742).

“The prayer most pleasing to Me is prayer for the conversion of sinners. Know, My daughter, that this prayer is always heard and answered.” (#1397)

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Small Groups are the life of the Church.

  • Small groups help make healthy parishes
  • Small groups are part of everyday life
  • Small groups are found in Holy Scriptures
  • Small groups are found in Church’s Teachings
  • Pope John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio
    We are called to create small communities of faith which will become a means of evangelization of the gospel and a source of new ministries.

    Important Principles

  • Remain attached to the local/universal church;
  • Maintain a sincere communion with the church’s pastors;
  • Profess and teach the Catholic faith in obedience to the church’s magisterium;
  • Conform to the church’s apostolic goals of evangelizing and sanctifying humanity;
  • Avoid the spirit of elitism, of making others feel inferior.
  • Manifest the fruits of holiness, revealing in their behaviour the unity of faith and love of neighbour
  • Manifest solidarity with and service to society.
  • General Guidelines

  • Your group is a small family or church which originates and is connected to the greater family of
    your local parish.
  • Your group or family receives the support and graces of your local church.
  • Your group or family is a Eucharistic family that allows members to grow closer to Christ in the
    comfort and trust of each other’s presence and support.
  • Format:

  • It’s a social and spiritual gathering consisting of Bible study, food, and a large degree of interaction.
  • Bible studies follow a sharing and discussion format rather than classroom style lectures.
  • Each individual would find a place to share their blessings and struggles becoming personally acquainted with and involved in each other’s lives
  • The group meets weekly or bi-weekly and does not meet in summer time.
  • During the active periods, small groups would come together once a month to interact,share their experiences and a meal and receive teaching on a relevant theological topic.
  • Group study methodology would follow striving to live and deepen on the message of Divine Mercy by Word, Deeds, and Prayer
  • A New Congregation


    A new Congregation that would live and deepen on the Message of Mercy which is Jesus Christ was, as a matter of fact, mentioned in St. Faustina’s diary of conversations with Jesus.

    Saint Faustina prayed to recognize God’s plan of beginning a new congregation. For this intention she offered to God many prayers and suffering. In June 1935, in Vilnius Saint Faustina wrote:

    God demands that there be a Congregation which will proclaim the mercy of God
    to the world and, by its prayers, obtain it for the world” (Diary, 436).

    “I desire that there be such a Congregation” (Diary, 437).

    “I saw the convent of the new Congregation. It was a large and spacious building. I went from room to room, observing everything. I saw that God’s Providence had provided for all that was necessary (…). During Mass, I received a clear and profound understanding concerning this whole work, and not a shadow of a doubt remained in my soul. The Lord gave me knowledge of His will under three aspects, so to speak, but it all comes down to one.
    The first is that souls separated from the world will burn as an offering before God’s throne and beg for mercy for the whole world… and through their efforts they will obtain blessings for priests, and through their prayers prepare the world for the final coming of Jesus.
    The second is prayer together with the act of mercy. In particular, they will defend the souls of children against the spirit of evil. Prayer and merciful deeds are all that will be required of these souls (…). And in this egoistic world they will try to rouse up love – the mercy of Jesus.
    The third is prayer and deeds of mercy, without any obligation of taking vows. But by doing this, these persons will have a share in all the merits and privileges of the whole [congregation]. Everyone in the world can belong to this group. A member of this group ought to perform at least one act of mercy a day; at least one, but there can be many more, for such deeds can easily be carried out by anyone, even the very poorest. For there are three ways of performing an act of mercy: firstly, the merciful word, by forgiving and by comforting; secondly, if you can offer no word, then pray – that too is mercy; and thirdly, deeds of mercy. And when the Last Day comes, we shall be judged from this, and on this basis we shall receive the eternal verdict” (Diary, 1154-1158).


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    Glorious Mysteries

    One can also draw needed graces by meditating on Scripture while praying the rosary. Please take your time. If you are running out of time, do just one – meditate on God’s Glory.

    This particular meditation can be found in http://www.marystouch.org


    Luminous Mysteries

    One can also draw needed graces by meditating on Scripture while praying the rosary. Please take your time. If you are running out of time, do just one and do it from your heart.

    This particular meditation can be found in http://www.marystouch.org


    Sorrowful Mysteries

    One can also draw needed graces by meditating on Scripture while praying the rosary. Please take your time. If you are running out of time, do just one – meditate on His Passion – and invest yourself in the meditation.

    This particular meditation can be found in http://www.marystouch.org