DAILY PRAYER REQUESTS

Please feel free to post your prayer request for today as a comment to this post. Your needs and intentions will be included in our daily offerings throughout the day and at the 3 o’clock hour for Divine Mercy, and your requests will be personally offered to our Heavenly Father, having faith in the words our Lord spoke to Saint Faustina, “Through the chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will.” (Diary, § 1731)

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“Eternal and Most Loving Father, please grant us the courage, the strength and the grace to accept Your will for us as we journey through life’s experiences;

– in our relationship with all those whom our lives may touch, enkindle within us the desire to always love others selflessly and with dignity, embracing that same Love which You hold for each of us, so that others may see Your providential Love within each of us and the Christian life we live. We humbly pray this in Jesus’ Most Holy Name. Amen.”

Mercy Minutes with Jesus (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

October 26 ~ Pure and Unadulterated

Theme:  Suffering for Souls

“True love of God consists in carrying out God’s will. To show God our love in what we do, all our actions, even the least, must spring from our love of God. And the Lord said to me, ‘My child, You please Me most by suffering. In your physical as well as your mental sufferings, My daughter, do not seek sympathy from creatures. I want the fragrance of your suffering to be pure and unadulterated.’(Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 279a)

(To be continued)

My prayer response:

Lord Jesus, may souls who are suffering offer their sufferings in union with Yours – like the pure and unadulterated fragrance of holy incense – all for the salvation of souls throughout the world who have lost their spiritual way in life. (cf. Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

October 26 ~ Thanking God for Everything

Theme:  Thanksgiving

“I do not prefer consolations over bitterness or bitterness over consolations, but thank You, O Jesus, for everything!” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 343)

“When I awaken I adore the Holy Trinity for a short while and thank God for having deigned to give me yet another day, that the mystery of the incarnation of His Son may once more be repeated in me, and that once again His sorrowful Passion may unfold before my eyes.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 486)

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Meditation for the Day

Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time, October 26

May All Those Whom We Meet Look Upon Each of Us and See the Risen Christ within Both You and Me, Recognizing That We Truly Are Christians by Our Love.

In Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, we read today, “Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us…”

To be adopted children of the Eternal Father means that we are to speak and act as Christ would, to love as Christ loves. To be a Christian people means that we are set apart as a people who embrace the virtue of love in our daily lives. We give witness to our faith by truly showing that we are a people who care for our brothers and sisters, who selflessly give unconditionally, without any expectation of return.

I am sure that many of us are familiar with the song, “They will know we are Christians by our love.” And Paul, in his First Letter to the Corinthians, writes, “Love is patient, love is kind.” Love is that special quality, that special attribute which allows us to emulate the very Nature of God Himself – for love is the highest of all the theological virtues.

And it was the absence of this love which embarrassed the leader of the synagogue in today’s Gospel Reading. If the Law permitted the unbinding of animals and leading them to the water and food troughs on the Sabbath, then how much more so would be the unbinding of Satan’s hold on a human being – for is not the dignity of a human being greater than that of an animal?

And when confronted with this truth, Scripture tells us that those in authority were “humiliated”.

“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”

If we are to be a truly Christian people, then we should never fail in our selfless exercise of the virtue which imitates God Himself – for Love is the very Life of God, the very Essence of who God is!

Our Lord did not hesitate to set this woman free from her infirmity. And when He was criticized for His act of love, Christ responded with the word, “Hypocrites!”

I have heard many stories and read many articles about people who no longer attend any form of church service. One of their excuses, albeit a shallow one, is that they do not wish to sit next to hypocrites.

Are you and I hypocrites? Do we espouse one thing, but give witness to another? Do we preach about love in church, but fail to “walk the talk” in our families and our workplace? Do we believe the importance of Christ’s words, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” – but we disparage a person’s good name and gossip about him or her at home or on our coffee or lunch break at work?

Questions that we should all take to heart – the answers to which are only revealed by the faith we practice in our daily lives.

Are you and I hypocrites? Or are we a living witness to the faith we hold dear to our hearts? By virtue of His Infinite Love, God the Father fulfilled His promises to man by sending us His Only-Begotten Son, who freely set aside the awesome nature of His Divinity so as to take upon Himself our human nature, with all of its weaknesses except sin.

And out of His indescribable Love for each and every one of us, Jesus accepted the awesome task of freely giving Himself up to death, to the point of abject humiliation and the horrific suffering of His Cross, so that He may teach us, His brothers and sisters, of the Divine Love and Mercy which our Heavenly Father offers to each one of us, so that you and I, and all our brothers and sisters of every generation, may be reconciled, with the help of God’s grace, to our Most Loving Father for all eternity.

This was then, is now, and always will be the ultimate example and expression of Infinite Love which God has for you and me! And He asks each of us to emulate His Love, insofar as you and I are able on this side of Heaven – in our thoughts, in our words and in all our interactions with one another throughout our daily lives.

Sadly, however, it is the act of sin which separates us from God; it is sin which displeases our Heavenly Father and which brings upon ourselves His Just Judgment. For it is Paul who reminds us in our First Reading, “…for because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient.”

With our hearts turned towards God, as they should be, the lasting joy which each of us ultimately seeks is the eternal joy, the eternal happiness with the God who loves you and me so intimately, and invites each and every one of us, His children, to be with Him forever.

As children of God, we truly are brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ. And may all those whom we meet in our daily lives look upon each of us, and may they see the Risen Christ within us –

– for they will most assuredly know that we are Christians by our love!

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Scripture for the Day

  • “Immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you, as is fitting among holy ones, no obscenity or silly or suggestive talk, which is out of place, but instead, thanksgiving. Be sure of this, that no immoral or impure or greedy person, that is, an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.” (Ephesians 5:3-5)
  • “Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient. So do not be associated with them.” (Ephesians 5:6-7)
  • “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in company with scoffers. Rather, the law of the LORD is his joy; and on his law he meditates day and night.” (Psalm 1:1-2)
  • “…be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. So be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us…” (Ephesians 4:31-5:2a)
  • “…the leader of the synagogue, indignant that Jesus had cured on the sabbath, said to the crowd in reply, ‘There are six days when work should be done. Come on those days to be cured, not on the sabbath day.’” (Luke 13:14)
  • “The Lord said to him in reply, ‘Hypocrites! Does not each one of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger and lead it out for watering? This daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound for eighteen years now, ought she not to have been set free on the sabbath day from this bondage?’ When he said this, all his adversaries were humiliated…” (Luke 13:15-17a)
  • “Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. [Love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a)
  • “Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor.” (Romans 12:9-10)
  • “See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are.” (1 John 3:1ab)
  • “Since you have purified yourselves by obedience to the truth for sincere mutual love, love one another intensely from a pure heart.” (1 Peter 1:22)
  • “So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)

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Prayer for the Day

“Gracious and loving God,
You call us to walk with Your Son,
Jesus Christ, in this our journey of faith.

“Help us to grow to become more like Him
in overcoming temptations to be self-centered,
to attend only to our own needs.

“Help us to recognize the dignity
of every human being, welcoming, accepting
and understanding others as Christ did,
never being judgmental or condescending.

“Help us to see the pain within others
and to respond with Christ’s compassion and mercy.
Unite us in our efforts to uphold the life and dignity
of all from conception to natural death.

“As we journey with Christ
through His Passion, Death and Resurrection,
may we learn from Him the meaning of selfless love.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.”

cf. Our Journey toward Selfless Love (Diocese of Tucson)

Saint of the Day ~ October 26

SAINT EVARISTUS (?-108), pope and martyr

Today, the Church honors Saint Evaristus, the fourth successor to Saint Peter whose pontificate lasted for nine years from the death of Saint Clement I in the year 99 to his own death in 108.

As is oftentimes the case, there are some saints during the first few centuries of the Church about whom we have very little documented information. Saint Evaristus is such an example. What we do know, however, is that he was the son of a Greek Jew, whose father originally came from Bethlehem.

During his pontificate, Saint Evaristus ordained several bishops, priests and deacons. In the Liber Pontificalis (Pontifical Book), it states that he clarified the functions of deacons in the Church and ordained seven deacons to assist the Bishop of Rome in the distribution of alms (assistance to the poor). It also states that he received the crown of martyrdom under the Roman emperor, Trajan, and was buried near the body of Saint Peter in the Vatican.

We commemorate his feastday on October 26.

(From catholicnewsagency.com, saints.sqpn.com, newadvent.org and vatican.va/news_services)

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PRAYER

(The following prayer is from the Roman Breviary from the Commons for Pastors ~ pope)

“All-powerful and Ever-living God, You called Saint Evaristus to guide Your people by his word and example. With him, we pray to You: watch over the pastors of Your Church with the people entrusted to their care, and lead them to salvation.

“We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

DAILY PRAYER REQUESTS

Please feel free to post your prayer request for today as a comment to this post. Your needs and intentions will be included in our daily offerings throughout the day and at the 3 o’clock hour for Divine Mercy, and your requests will be personally offered to our Heavenly Father, having faith in the words our Lord spoke to Saint Faustina, “Through the chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will.” (Diary, § 1731)

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“Eternal and Most Loving Father, please grant us the strength and the grace to accept Your will for us as we journey through life’s experiences;

– in our relationship with all those whom our lives may touch, enkindle within us the desire to always love others selflessly and with dignity, embracing that same Love which You hold for each of us. We humbly pray for this grace in Jesus’ Most Holy Name. Amen.

Mercy Minutes with Jesus (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

October 25 ~ Bless Souls Who Suffer

Theme:  Suffering for Souls

“Suddenly, when I had consented to the sacrifice with all my heart and all my will, God’s presence pervaded me. My soul became immersed in God and was inundated with such happiness that I cannot put in writing even the smallest part of it. I felt that His Majesty was enveloping me. I was extraordinarily fused with God. I saw that God was well pleased with me and, reciprocally, my spirit drowned itself in Him. Aware of this union with God, I felt I was especially loved and, in turn, I loved with all my soul.

“A great mystery took place during that adoration, a mystery between the Lord and myself. It seemed to me that I would die of love [at the sight of] His glance. I spoke much with the Lord without uttering a single word. And the Lord said to me, ‘You are the delight of My Heart; from today on, everyone of your acts, even the very smallest, will be a delight to My eyes, whatever you do.’(Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 137)

“In the evening, when I entered the small chapel, I heard these words in my soul: ‘My daughter, consider these words: “And being in agony, he prayed more earnestly.”’ When I started to think about them more deeply, much light streamed into my soul. I learned how much we need perseverance in prayer and that our salvation often depends on such difficult prayer.” (Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 157)

My prayer response:

Lord Jesus, when Saint Faustina consented with all her heart to the sacrifice You asked of her, You blessed her (see entry above, Diary, 137). At that moment, she felt “extraordinarily fused with God.” Jesus, please help all who are suffering to accept Your will and bless them with Your Loving Presence! (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

October 25 ~ His Great Mercy Towards Me

Theme:  Thanksgiving

“I will show my gratitude unceasingly to God for His great mercy towards me…” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 224)

“Thank You, Jesus, for the great favor of making known to me the whole abyss of my misery. I know that I am an abyss of nothingness and that, if Your holy grace did not hold me up, I would return to nothingness in a moment. And so, with every beat of my heart, I thank You, my God, for Your great mercy towards me.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 256)

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Meditation for the Day

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 25

May God’s Love Flood Our Hearts and Increase Our Faith and Hope in His Promises, Enabling Us to Be Opened to the Gift of Ourselves in Generous Service to Others, As Jesus Has Most Generously Given of Himself to Each of Us.

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – words in today’s Gospel, words with which we are very familiar and which are meant to guide us in being truly Christian, a truly Christ-like people.

I would imagine that out of all that that we read from Sacred Scripture, this one Commandment for many people is probably the hardest concept to embrace. And Jesus tells us in another place that our neighbor is each and every one of our brothers and sisters, for we are all children of God.

I oftentimes ask myself the question, especially after seeing the evening news or reading the newspaper or the news on the internet, especially after seeing in current times the many riots taking place in cities throughout the world, “Why is it so difficult for people to love their neighbor? Why is it so difficult for some to find peace in their hearts and to share the joy of that peace?”

The answer is oftentimes very obvious, “They do not know God” or “They do not accept His ways.”

To be truly alive in our faith is to love – to love openly and to love freely without reservation, just as God loves both you and me! God does not say, “I will love you, if you do this or that.” God does not say, “I will love you, if you love me too.”

God loves us unconditionally, about which Saint Paul tells us in his Second Letter to Timothy, speaking of God’s Love for His children, “If we are unfaithful he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.”

When we look deep within ourselves, when someone has hurt us deeply, can we say that we also remain faithful to those who have hurt us? Sometimes loving unconditionally is very difficult. And yet, our Lord tells us today, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

This concept was even pressed upon the hearts of God’s chosen people after the Exodus event, which we find in today’s First Reading. In God’s covenantal relationship with His children, there were behavioral codes which everyone was expected to observe – all for the well-being of one’s neighbor. And Moses would preach:

“You shall not molest or oppress an alien…You shall not wrong any widow or orphan…If you lend money to one of your poor neighbors among my people, you shall not act like an extortioner to him…If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, you shall return it to him before sunset.”

And these were only a few of the numerous prescripts or laws which were designed to guide God’s children into a proper and harmonious relationship with one another.

If we are to respond to Jesus’ first Commandment, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind”, and if we truly call ourselves Christian, then how can we not respond to the other, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself”?

For then we become Christ-like in the way we live our lives with all those whom our lives touch – whether they be family or friends, or the stranger on the street – for then we begin to truly embrace that which God is asking from each one of us.

When we truly care about the needs of our neighbor, when we truly become the extension of Christ to one another in the midst of a climate of self-centeredness where one chooses self rather than other – which we unfortunately find prevalent in today’s culture – then the words of Saint Paul in our Second Reading truly strike home.

When we place the will of Christ first in our lives rather than self-will, then we, too, have become “imitators…of the Lord”. We, too, become a “model” for all who look upon us and witness the faith which we actively live in our daily lives – for we become a sign of God’s effective Love in all that we do, in all that we are.

For we have turned from the secular idols of our day and age – material riches, fame, fashion, sexual immorality, disproportionate power – in order to embrace the richness of our faith and all that our faith teaches us, so that we may “serve the living and true God” in the life to which our Lord calls us to live.

Let us pray that God’s Love may flood our hearts and increase our faith and hope in His promises. And recognizing each other as our neighbor, may we always be opened to the gift of ourselves in generous service to others, especially to those who are in most need, as Jesus has most generously given of Himself to each of us!

No matter what difficulties or hardships we may face in life, the virtue of selfless love speaks more eloquently than any form or thought of self-interest.

It is when we truly place the will of God first in the life of faith we live, then the words of today’s psalmist truly become our own, “I love you, O LORD, my strength, O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.”

For it is in Jesus and in His Most Sacred and Merciful Heart where we truly place all our trust!

May God bless you, God love you, and may God always keep you.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “[Jesus] said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.’(Matthew 22:37-38)
  • “The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:39-40)
  • “‘…who is my neighbor?’ Jesus replied, ‘A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead…a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn and cared for him.’(Luke 10:29b-30, 33-34)
  • ‘Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?’ [A scholar of the law] answered, ‘The one who treated him with mercy.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’(Luke 10:36-37)
  • “For it is love that I desire, not sacrifice, and knowledge of God rather than holocausts.” (Hosea 6:6)
  • “If we are unfaithful [God] remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13)
  • “You shall not oppress or afflict a resident alien…You shall not wrong any widow or orphan…If you lend money to my people, the poor among you, you must not be like a money lender…If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, you shall return it to him before sunset.” (Exodus 22:20a, 21, 24a, 25)
  • “And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, receiving the word in great affliction, with joy from the holy Spirit, so that you became a model for all the believers…” (1 Thessalonians 1:6-7a)
  • “…you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.” (1 Thessalonians 1:9b)
  • “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” (Colossians 3:12)
  • “Since you have purified yourselves by obedience to the truth for sincere mutual love, love one another intensely from a pure heart.” (1 Peter 1:22)
  • “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8)
  • “Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.” (1 John 3:18)
  • “I love you, LORD, my strength, LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.” (Psalm 18:2-3a)

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Prayer for the Day

“O Lord God, my Savior and my dearest Friend,
I pray for the grace and the strength
to remain faithful to Your teachings
and to the Sacramental life of Your Church.

“Help me to persevere in the commitments
and promises I have made to You.
Give me the fortitude to live up to the vocation
I received during my Baptism as Your faithful child.

“Help me to place love and service to You
before all else in my life,
remaining true to Your Truth,
not abandoning myself to the lies and deceits of Satan.

“Grant me the grace to be a holy example for others,
never abandoning Your laws for my own sake.
May I be a model of faithfulness and selfless love,
giving You honor and glory both now and forever. Amen.”

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