Day 2

“Today bring to Me the Souls of Priests and Religious,
and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave me strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them as through channels My mercy flows out upon mankind.”
Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men and women consecrated to Your service,* that they may perform worthy works of mercy; and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard — upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end. Amen.

Pray for our Nation – Day One.

The greatest election in my lifetime is upon us.  We have two primary candidates with very different views for the future of our nation.  More than anything, we need God’s hand leading us.  I know regardless of who wins, the ultimate story will be to God’s glory!  So, I ask that you join me in prayer for the next 9 days for our great nation and the future we are going to be leaving for our children, grandchildren, and all future generations.  I will be praying the Divine Mercy Novena and Chaplet.

Day One.

Today bring to Me ALL MANKIND, ESPECIALLY ALL SINNERS, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me.

Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. Amen.

To be entrusted with the Gospel

It is striking, as a [reverted] Catholic, to come across those portions of Holy Scripture, that validate the Sacred Institution and the claims it has been making since the beginning of the Church.  You see the Scripture for what it is, and begin to see that any explanation that doesn’t also see it for what it is, is simply an attempt to run away from the passage.  It is an attempt to bring forth a meaning that was never intended, because to accept it for what it says, is to admit that perhaps you were wrong in your misconceptions.

It can be very frightening, admitting you were wrong.  Doing so means all you have known isn’t exactly accurate.  You would have to accept it, that is to say, embrace the truth even when it might make you physically uncomfortable.

The passage that has me thinking today is 1 Thessalonians 2…

Verse 13.  And for this reason we too give thanks to God unceasingly, that, in receiving the word of God from hearing us, you received not a human word but, as it truly is, the word of God, which is now at work in you who believe.

And Verse 4.  But as we were judged worthy by God to be entrusted with the gospel…

At the time these events were happening there was no bible.  No collection of written material for people to refer too.  What they had were the apostles who told them the things of Christ orally.  And the apostles had to pass what they knew to others who would be charged with the same authority.  It makes logical sense that an institution would guard these teachings to ensure accuracy as time progressed.  It is promised that the gates of hell would not overcome the church, so it makes sense that Jesus would give us people to ensure the proper message delivery over time.

So the first Protestant bible was completed in the year 1611.  That is one thousand six hundred and eleven years AFTER Jesus walked this earth.  How could Christian-dome advance over these years without teachers, a priesthood, to ensure the right information was passed. Why would we trust these worthy individuals that God himself entrusted the passing of the message for so long a time and then just shut them off sixteen hundred years later and suddenly we no longer can trust oral traditions/teachings?  We must now adhere to the Bible alone theory?  

This just doesn’t make sense.

Pleasant surprises

One of my biggest fears in returning to the Catholic faith was my kids and what they were going to learn.  They haven’t learned about Mary…the Rosary…Saints…you name the Catholic teaching.  I had this irrational fear that maybe this was a bad idea and that they would be diving right into every teaching and I would have a hard time with it at home because of my own reservations as I come back to the fold.  I have 20 years of anti-Catholic propaganda to sift through myself.

The past several weeks they have been learning about God and Jesus.  Can you believe it!?  I have allowed the anti-catholic movement to pollute my understanding of the Catholic faith and Catholic teaching to my own detriment.  

It’s been a pleasant surprise, an affirmation, to see first hand, that Jesus really is the central focus of our faith no matter how much the anti-Catholics suggest otherwise.  

Pax Christi!!

Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit

I was reading a blog post earlier this week about how unscriptural Catholics are.  I don’t have the link to it, sorry!  One of the reasons the author states Catholics are unscriptural was because we ‘pray to’ Mary.

First I would like to say the way we say “pray to” differs from others understanding.  We ask her to intercede for us.  Just like I ask you to pray for me.  We still pray to God.  Prayer to Mary or anyone else does not replace prayer to God.

Merriam-Webster defines to “pray” this way:

: to speak to God especially in order to give thanks or to ask for something

: to hope or wish very much for something to happen

: to seriously ask (someone) to do something

The word “pray” is not only associated to conversation with God.  In light of the third definition above, I pray to you that you lift me up as I continue on in this journey.

What really got me thinking though was this.

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:41-42‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.  Clearly, she was walking with the Lord.  Her words become our prayer.  We are not worshipping Mary, we are recognizing her and most importantly God, by sharing in the same words Elizabeth used.  Maybe we should consider on this topic, that we are following the declaration made in scripture:

“”For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.

‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:48‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Interestingly enough, I have never even heard of Mary spoken of in my time away from the church.

In light of the above, I call on Mary’s intercession that hearts will be softened and people will understand that she really points us to Jesus, and shows us by her humility the power of God and His love for us.

“And Mary said: “My soul exalts the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. “For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed. “For the Mighty One has done great things for me; And holy is His name. “A ND H IS MERCY IS UPON GENERATION AFTER GENERATION T OWARD THOSE WHO FEAR H IM. “He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart. “He has brought down rulers from their thrones, And has exalted those who were humble. “H E HAS FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS; And sent away the rich empty-handed. “He has given help to Israel His servant, In remembrance of His mercy, As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and his descendants forever.””

‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:46-55‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Hail Mary, full of grace, blessed are you amoung women, blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.