Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
As a side note, it was a pleasant surprise that we started with Eucharist Adoration, and then Sr. Paulette spoke. My husband and I discussed that this is probably due to the fact that Fr. Kawecki likes things being done with a liturgical basis - something we are both very grateful for.
I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the love and mercy of Christ as well. The following verses are all from the morning prayer in the Magnificat (a shorter form of the Liturgy of the Hours in a sense) from last Thursday.
"Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!" - Mark 6:50
"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been similarly tested in every way, yet without sin." - Hebrews 4:15
"I will never take back my love; my truth will never fail." - Psalms 89:34
Having done the Novena of Divine Mercy has greatly increased my awareness of Christ's mercy. Due to numerous factors (including the time I spent in an ultra-conservative Protestant denomination) I feel that I had become so fearful of God that I could not experience the type of intimacy with Him that is really necessary for full faith. However, via the novena I believe I have become much closer to understanding the Divine Mercy (and Love) of Christ. I think the three verses I quoted above help to encompass what I had been missing in my shortsightedness.
The verse from Mark reminds me that I do not need to be afraid of the constant presence of God, but rather to hold him in a worshiping fashion, not out of fear, but out of love.
The verse from Hebrews makes me recall that when I sin that God understands the types of temptation that await us. Thus, he has a comprehension of how weak the body can be and why we would do anything against His Will.
Psalms tells me that the Love of God is something I can never lose - no matter how bad things can get.
This may seem very elementary (and I think I would agree that it is) but it has been a great hurdle for me over the past year - much more so than the more common stumbling block of understanding why there is suffering in the world. I am very grateful for my continuing spiritual growth, and hope to continue down this path.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
My wife got me a beautiful leather bound Ignatius Revised Standard Version Bible for Easter that I wanted to share with everyone and thank her so much for. It's a beautiful edition of a great translation!
Monday, April 13, 2009
1) John is making the point solidly here that Christ is only being arrested because he allows himself to be - as God he can stop them at any time, but submits to the will of the Father and shows his love to all of us by doing it anyway.
Friday, April 10, 2009
|Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday. He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena, saving for the last day the most difficult intention of all, the lukewarm and indifferent of whom He said: |
"These souls cause Me more suffering than any others; it was from such souls that My soul felt the most revulsion in the Garden of Olives. It was on their account that I said: 'My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass Me by.' The last hope of salvation for them is to flee to My Mercy."
In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:
"On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy ... On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls."
The different souls prayed for on each day of the novena are:
DAY 1 (Good Friday) - All mankind, especially sinners
DAY 2 (Holy Saturday) - The souls of priests and religious
DAY 3 (Easter Sunday) - All devout and faithful souls
DAY 4 (Easter Monday) - Those who do not believe in Jesus and those who do not yet know Him
DAY 5 (Easter Tuesday) - The souls of separated brethren
DAY 6 (Easter Wednesday) - The meek and humble souls and the souls of children
DAY 7 (Easter Thursday) - The souls who especially venerate and glorify Jesus' mercy
DAY 8 (Easter Friday) - The souls who are detained in purgatory;
DAY 9 (Easter Saturday) - The souls who have become lukewarm.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy may also be offered each day for the day's intention, but is not strictly necessary to the Novena.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Joseph and I have taken off the rest of the week in order to participate fully in the events being sponsored by our Parish. If possible, I would suggest you try to attend as many of your Parish's events as possible.
I think sometimes due to commercialism of Christmas we forget how crucial this season is for us as Catholics. Truly, Easter is the highest holiday of the Catholic Church, and we should spend as much time in prayer and reflection as possible.
On a side note, Joseph and I were discussing last Sunday's Mass - Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is my favorite mass of the entire liturgical season, because of the reading of the Passion. I feel the congregations involvement with the reading help to solidify (at least in my mind) how Christ died for our sins and how we as sinners are entirely responsible for his death on the cross.
Additionally to this, I think it is easy for us to be astonished about how quickly public opinion turned on Christ - from his riding in to cries from the people hailing him as the Son of David, to only a few days later to them crying for his crucifixion. The involvement of the congregation in the reading of the Passion on Palm Sunday helps me come to terms with how quickly we are to be swayed by others in worldly desires and motives.
Let us take the next few days to reflect on our lives and to pray to Christ in thanksgiving for the forgiveness of our sins.
(P.S. This post describes what Joseph and I will be doing the next few days.)
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
It has been a wonderful blessing to be in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament on a regular basis like this (even though this is only our 2nd week).
Very similar to my previous post about the Holy Rosary it's a blessing to have time carved from your day to devote to the LORD. It is interesting to me how having a set schedule to do this type of spiritual activity helps your daily life.
Perhaps too often we think that spending time with the LORD will hinder our busy schedule, or become a hassle even. I think that in practicality, it is quite the opposite. My day is usually more productive, I am in a better mood overall, and it's a very "centering" sort of add to your day.