Archive for April, 2012

Apr 29 2012

I am your shield, your stronghold, your safe harbor in the tempest…

Joel 4:16 The LORD roars from Zion, and from Jerusalem raises his voice; the heavens and the earth quake, but the LORD is a refuge to his people, a stronghold to the men of Israel.

“My children, do not fear, though the earth should quake and all sorts of strange things be seen to occur. I am the Lord! Do you believe this? Then take your refuge in me. I am your shield, your stronghold, your safe harbor in the tempest. Be prudent, be wise. Above all place your trust in me. I mean to test your trust in me. Do not waver, but stand firm. Know that I am God.”

O my Lord God Almighty, give us grace, strength, faith and trust. May the merits of our Mother be our treasure in these days of trial and tempest. Jesus we trust in YOU!

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Apr 22 2012

I have given you these teachings so that you will not be lost…

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2 John 1:9 Anyone who is so “progressive” as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God; whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son.

“My beloved, cling firmly to the truth, for I am the Truth. Those who teach false doctrines, those who water down the wine of salvation belong neither to me nor to the Father, but are pawns of the enemy. My children, do not stray from the teachings, but embrace them, cling to them. Waver neither to the right nor to the left but let the teachings of Christ in his Church be the rudder that steers your life on a straight path to everlasting life. I have given you these teachings so that you will not be lost. Let the Church be your guiding star. Then you will never have to fear becoming lost.”

Jesus I praise and thank you for the teachings you have entrusted to the Church. I praise and thank you for seeing to our safe passage from this life to eternal life. You have thought of everything! Jesus, we trust in you!

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Apr 15 2012

Do not waver in your trust, but accept everything that happens as from my hand—with gratitude, even in difficult times…

Zephaniah 1:10 On that day, says the LORD, a cry will be heard from the Fish Gate, a wail from the New Quarter, loud crashing from the hills.

“My beloved, do you see how events are already in motion? Do not fear what you see and do not be alarmed for what is coming, but with great trust in my love and faithfulness, place all your hope in me. My little children, you have celebrated the feast of my mercy. Prove yourselves! Trust in my mercy without fail. Do not waver in your trust, but accept everything that happens as from my hand—with gratitude, even in difficult times. You do not know what I intend to purchase with what you offer me. Then resent nothing, but offer everything. I tell you that what you think you are missing on earth is worthless compared to what your offerings can purchase. Yes, there is much to come, but in the Divine Will, not only is victory assured, but a greater victory than can be imagined by men or angels.”

O my Jesus, I place all my hope and trust in you! In the Divine Will I give you my every moment, every breath and beat of my heart. In your mercy use it to accomplish all your holy will desires. I love you my God! Have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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Apr 14 2012

Today bring to Me the Souls who have become Lukewarm

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Divine Mercy Novena, Ninth Day

“Today bring to Me the Souls who have become Lukewarm, and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: ‘Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will.’ For them, the last hope of salvation is to run to My mercy.”

Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love, let these tepid souls who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen.

Romans 1:22 While claiming to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the likeness of an image of mortal man or of birds or of four-legged animals or of snakes.

“My child, the cult of foolishness has spread quickly and it is deadly. Death is worshiped in all its forms—death of the body, death of the spirit, death of relationships—all is death. Its stench is everywhere. Do you know what it costs my Mother to leave the sweet perfume of heaven in order to bring her message to earth? There is no comparison, but you must know what a very great sacrifice she makes for the sake of souls. You, at least, offer prayers and sacrifices for souls. Can you do more? She has done all and everything with great love for the sake of unworthy sinners. My child, do what you can. My Mother will use whatever you can give her. The fruits will be abundant.”

My precious Lord Jesus, I thank and praise you for the gift of your Mother to us unworthy sinners. May my small sacrifices and prayers be magnified through her immaculate heart for souls. Amen.

(Blog post from March 6, 2007)

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Apr 12 2012

Today bring to Me the Souls who are in the prison of Purgatory

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Divine Mercy Novena, Eighth Day

“Today bring to Me the Souls who are in the prison of Purgatory, and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. Let the torrents of My Blood cool down their scorching flames. All these souls are greatly loved by Me. They are making retribution to My justice. It is in your power to bring them relief. Draw all the indulgences from the treasury of My Church and offer them on their behalf. Oh, if you only knew the torments they suffer, you would continually offer for them the alms of the spirit and pay off their debt to My justice.”

Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet, who must make retribution to Your justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of Purgatory, that there, too, the power of Your mercy may be celebrated.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was flooded: Manifest Your mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way but only through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion. Amen.

Daniel 2:22 (God) reveals deep and hidden things and knows what is in the darkness, for the light dwells with him.

“My child, those who think that what they do in darkness will go unnoticed are gravely mistaken. But even more tragic are those who do not even wish to hide their sin, but display it openly and encourage others on the path of sin. There is much reparation to be made for the shameful behavior of sinners. Do what you can, my child, and I will multiply the graces you win for souls. Do this for me, in my will, and there is nothing out of reach.”

Lord I am a worthless slave, but in your will I become your instrument. Therefore, accept my lowly offering and magnify it through the Immaculate Heart for my sake and the sake of all sinners, through Jesus the Lord. Amen.

(Blog post from March 16, 2007)

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Apr 11 2012

Today bring to Me the Souls who especially venerate and glorify My Mercy

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Divine Mercy Novena, Seventh Day

“Today bring to Me the Souls who especially venerate and glorify My Mercy*, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls sorrowed most over my Passion and entered most deeply into My spirit. They are living images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death.”

Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward, confident of Your mercy; and united to You, O Jesus, they carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their hearts, overflowing with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God:

Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them that during their life, but especially at the hour of death, the souls who will venerate this fathomless mercy of His, He, Himself, will defend as His glory. Amen.

*The text leads one to conclude that in the first prayer directed to Jesus, Who is the Redeemer, it is “victim” souls and contemplatives that are being prayed for; those persons, that is, that voluntarily offered themselves to God for the salvation of their neighbor (see Col 1:24; 2 Cor 4:12). This explains their close union with the Savior and the extraordinary efficacy that their invisible activity has for others. In the second prayer, directed to the Father from whom comes “every worthwhile gift and every genuine benefit,”we recommend the “active” souls, who promote devotion to The Divine Mercy and exercise with it all the other works that lend themselves to the spiritual and material uplifting of their brethren.

Matthew 7:6 Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.

“My beloved, the treasure you possess can never be taken from you, for by grace you have stored up treasure in heaven. Then do not be afraid to seek the lost. Imitate my Mother who does not hold herself above reaching down to sinners. Imitate Jesus whose love for poor sinners was so great that the left the perfection of heaven to be trampled and spit upon by ungrateful sinners: ‘Forgive them, Father, they know not what they do.’ My child reach out to sinners as your Lord has reached out to you. Embrace them with the Divine Will so that their hearts may be softened. Pray and fast for them. Dispense mercy over them and your Beloved will not let them be lost.”

My beloved Lord, your mercy is unfathomable. I am speechless before it. Here I am Lord, I come to do your will. Fiat mihi!

(Blog post from March 18, 2007)

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Apr 11 2012

Today bring to Me the Meek and Humble Souls and the Souls of Little Children

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Divine Mercy Novena, Sixth Day

“Today bring to Me the Meek and Humble Souls and the Souls of  Little Children, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence.”

Most Merciful Jesus, You yourself have said, “Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart.” Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all heaven into ecstasy and they are the heavenly Father’s favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek souls, upon humble souls, and upon little children who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: Bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Ezekiel 4:5 For the years of their sins I allot you the same number of days, three hundred and ninety, during which you will bear the sins of the house of Israel.

“My child, in every age, I choose souls to make amends for the sins of the world. In the Divine Will, link your sufferings to those of Christ and to those of every other victim soul who has ever lived. In this way, you multiply the merit so that each of you returns the sufferings of all, including those of Christ. The merits of Christ then sanctify all the sufferings linked to him and it is as if his sufferings are themselves replayed in every victim soul in every time. My child, embrace the cross as Jesus did. Do this in the Divine Will and your small efforts will be multiplied to the infinite. This is a testament to the unfathomable mercy of God.”

Merciful Father, in the Divine Will I offer you all my sufferings, past, present and future. I link these sufferings to those of all other victim souls and to the sufferings of Christ. I do this in the name of everyone, to give God the glory all creatures owe him, to make amends for all sin and to beg the conversion of a great many sinners through the Immaculate Heart. Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy. Amen.

(Blog post from April 7, 2007)

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Apr 10 2012

Today bring to Me the Souls of those who have separated themselves from My Church

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Divine Mercy Novena, Fifth Day

“Today bring to Me the Souls of those who have separated themselves from My Church*, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the Church My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion.”

Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son’s Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.

*Our Lord’s original words here were “heretics and schismatics,” since He spoke to Saint Faustina within the context of her times. As of the Second Vatican Council, Church authorities have seen fit not to use those designations in accordance with the explanation given in the Council’s Decree on Ecumenism (n.3). Every pope since the Council has reaffirmed that usage. Saint Faustina herself, her heart always in harmony with the mind of the Church, most certainly would have agreed. When at one time, because of the decisions of her superiors and father confessor, she was not able to execute Our Lord’s inspirations and orders, she declared: “I will follow Your will insofar as You will permit me to do so through Your representative. O my Jesus ” I give priority to the voice of the Church over the voice with which You speak to me” (497). The Lord confirmed her action and praised her for it.

Luke 1:14 And you (Zechariah) will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his (John’s) birth.

“Rejoice, my child, for the herald has once again come to earth. This time I have sent my own Mother to prepare my way, to call sinners to repentance. Oh that today all would listen to her voice! Pray, my child, that hearts will be softened, that many will take advantage of the hour of mercy while they still are able. Sweet child—pray!”

Lord of mercy and love, I give you thanks and praise for the great gift of your mother to this generation. May those who are asleep wake up and turn to the Mother of Mercy for help. Jesus, Lord of Mercy, I trust in you. Amen.

(Blog post from June 14, 2007)

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Apr 08 2012

Today bring to Me those who do not believe in God and those who do not know Me

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Divine Mercy Novena, Fourth Day

“Today bring to Me those who do not believe in God and those who do not know Me, I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforted My Heart. Immerse them in the ocean of My mercy.”

Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in God and of those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in You, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

*Our Lord’s original words here were “the pagans.” Since the pontificate of Pope John XXIII, the Church has seen fit to replace this term with clearer and more appropriate terminology.

Luke 6:35-36 But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as (also) your Father is merciful.

“My beloved little child, has anyone placed you over anyone else as judge? Then why do you allow your thoughts to wander into dangerous territory. Fill your mind with holy readings and spiritual songs. Pray fervently when tempted. Be merciful always. It will attract others to Christ. What could be more important?”

Lord my God, I repent of allowing my thoughts free reign. I repent of listening to gossip. I offer heartfelt prayers for all those you have placed on my heart. I recommend them to your mercy, my beloved Savior. Amen.

(Blog post from August 6, 2007)

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Apr 07 2012

Today bring to Me all Devout and Faithful Souls

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Divine Mercy Novena, Third Day

“Today bring to Me all Devout and Faithful Souls, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. These souls brought me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were a drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness.”

Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy, You impart Your graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from It. We beg this grace of You by that most wondrous love for the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Habakkuk 1:3-4 Why do you let me see ruin; why must I look at misery? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and clamorous discord.  This is why the law is benumbed, and judgment is never rendered: Because the wicked circumvent the just; this is why judgment comes forth perverted.

“My beloved, when justice is circumvented, misery prevails. Can you see how this is being played out in your day? Sin and corruption, disorder and woe—these are the fruits of greed and licentiousness. Perversion abounds. All God’s gifts are abused by this wicked generation. How long must I hold back my wrath?”

Lord have mercy!

“Child, the mercy of God is all that can save you now. If not for God’s mercy, won by those who imitate Jesus in prayer and sacrifice, the world would already have been destroyed. My child, continue to fast and pray. Do not begrudge one instant spent as a disciple of mercy. There are many who depend on you.”

Lord, I have nothing to offer save what you have given me to offer. Then here is my heart and my will on your altar with the Body and Blood of Christ. For his sake, O Lord, have mercy. Amen.

(Blog post from August 12, 2007)

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