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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“Almighty and Most Merciful Father, may Your Holy Spirit teach us to embrace Your will and trust unwaveringly in Your providential Love for us each and every day of our lives;

– and may Your Holy Wisdom guide and strengthen us always to embrace Your Divine Truth in our individual walks of faith – that our Lord Jesus is our only Way to eternal peace and happiness, the Eternal Light who shall lead us to a life of everlasting and unending Love, all through Christ our Lord. Amen.” †

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

October 17 ~ Saint Faustina’s Faithfulness

Theme:  Writing the Diary

“Holy Saturday [April 16, 1938]. During adoration, the Lord said to me, ‘Be at peace, My daughter. This work of mercy is Mine; there is nothing of you in it. It pleases Me that you are carrying out faithfully what I have commanded you to do, not adding or taking away a single word.’ And He gave me an interior light by which I learned that not a single word was mine; despite difficulties and adversities, I have always, always, fulfilled His will, as He has made it known to me.” (Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 1667)

My prayer response:

Lord Jesus, thank You for Saint Faustina’s faithfulness in writing about Your Mercy, so that each word written is available to us as Your word. May we take advantage of Your gift by regularly reading her “Diary” to aid us in our spiritual life. (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

October 17 ~ Oh, How Happy I Am!

Theme:  Happiness, Joy, Delight, Rejoice

“God’s greatness does not frighten me, but makes me happy. By giving Him glory, I myself am lifted up. On seeing His happiness, I myself am made happy, because all that is in Him flows back upon me.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 1246)

“All the good that is in me is due to Holy Communion. I owe everything to it. I feel that this holy fire has transformed me completely. Oh, how happy I am to be a dwelling place for You, O Lord! My heart is a temple in which You dwell continually…” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 1392)

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Meditation for the Day

Thursday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time, October 17

May God Give to Each of Us the Wisdom and Understanding to Know and Follow His Will in Our Life, Enabling Us to Have the Courage to Live our Individual Walks of Faith Accordingly.

We hear a phrase in today’s First Reading which has caused much confusion between Christians of different faith persuasions over the centuries, when Paul writes, “For we consider that a person is justified by faith apart from works of the law.”

This issue has been around for centuries – faith vs. good works. Saint James, in his Epistle, speaks of good works; Saint Paul is speaking today of faith. The answer to this quandary lies in understanding the mind of Paul and the Christian community in Rome to whom he was writing.

The antiphon to today’s Responsorial Psalm reminds us of what our faith has been teaching us since we were small children – that we are saved through the gracious Mercy of God, “With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.”

And Saint Paul, in his Letter to the Romans, tells us today that not by our own doing do we gain salvation, but rather by “…the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ…”

Yet, Paul draws a distinction between obeying the “law” as it were, and being filled with faith in the One who saves. Blindly obeying the letter of the law, and boasting of one’s faithfulness to its letter, was the downfall of many of the Jewish leaders, as well as the scribes and Pharisee’s of Jesus’ day.

When one fails to open his or her heart and embrace the true meaning behind what God has set before us – what He is asking of us – then our actions become as a barrier to God’s gift of salvation. As Paul writes, “What occasion is there then for boasting?  It is ruled out. On what principle, that of works? No, rather on the principle of faith”

And sadly, this is where the leaders of the Jewish people failed. They not only lost sight of their own faith and the Divine Truth which stood before them, but also through their own blindness – together with their pride and jealousy – they caused many others to be led astray.

As Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel, “Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.”

As faithful followers of Jesus Christ, we ourselves have nothing to boast about, for there is nothing that we can do ourselves that will guarantee our own salvation. What counts before God is accepting all that His Divine Son has freely done for us, and trusting unreservedly in the salvation which He has earned for each and every one of us through His Passion and Death on the Cross.

Saint Paul makes the salvific action of Jesus Christ very clear in our First Reading today, when he writes, “…there is no distinction; all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God. They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as an expiation, through faith, by his Blood…”

In our journey through life and in the faith which we profess, are you and I able to open the eyes and the ears of our hearts and souls to that which is miraculous, but unseen – to that which is Divine, but invisible to the mind and the eye?

Faith is a most wondrous gift, freely given by God to those whom He chooses. But how we respond to that gift is determined by our use of the gift of free will. We can either choose to turn our backs on God’s gift of faith, or we can choose to pick it up, unwrap this most precious gift and embrace it for all its worth!

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that faith is a theological virtue by which we not only believe in God, but that we also believe all that He has said and revealed to us. Being open to the gift of faith allows us to experience, in a very unique way, the unfathomable Love which God has for each of His children.

As followers, as disciples of Jesus Christ, we are each called to give witness to our faith. We are each called to recognize Jesus in all those whom we meet; we are each called to imitate Jesus to each other. And we are each called to embrace and live all of His Truth, not just those elements we like or which we find agreeable.

For this is what it means to truly believe! This is what it means to truly love! This is what it means to truly be holy and to prayerfully enjoy the reward which awaits each of us!

As we grow and mature, we begin to realize that the greatest things in life are truly gifts, not achievements of our own – the life we have been given, our eternal soul which is a part of us, the love we feel and live in our hearts, and the faith which we profess.

Our Lord and Savior is truly the “Wisdom of God” and Source of everlasting life. Only the humble of heart – those who thirst for God and acknowledge His Word as true – can truly understand and accept the Truth which our faith teaches us.

May the Truth of Jesus Christ take root within our hearts and transform each of our thoughts and actions. And may God give to each of us the wisdom and understanding to know and follow His will in our life, enabling us to have the courage to live our individual walks of faith accordingly.

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Scripture for the Day

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Prayer for the Day

“Lord Jesus Christ, Most Merciful Savior,

You are the sure and certain Foundation

and Source of life and strength for us, Your children.

“Please grant me the wisdom and grace

to live each day of my life according to Your Truth

and in conformity with Your Divine will.

“Strengthen me so that I may reject every lie and falsehood

which I may find in the seductions of today’s world.

Grant me the grace to actively live Your Word daily,

and not just become a passive listener only.

“This I humbly ask out of love and faith in Your Most Holy Name,

You who live and reign with our Heavenly Father

and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

Anonymous

Saint of the Day ~ October 17

SAINT IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH (c.50-c.107), bishop and martyr – Patron saint of the Churches in Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa, and of those suffering from throat diseases

Today, the universal Church honors Saint Ignatius of Antioch, one of the great bishops of the early Church and the second successor of Saint Peter as bishop of Antioch, and also recognized as one of the Apostolic Fathers of the early Church.

Born about the year 50 in Syria, Ignatius converted to Christianity and eventually became a disciple of Saint John the Evangelist. In the year 107, the Roman emperor, Trajan, visited Antioch and forced the Christians there to choose between death and apostasy. Ignatius, as bishop of Antioch, would not deny Christ, and was thus condemned to be put to death in Rome in the arena with wild animals.

Saint Ignatius is well known for the seven letters he wrote on the long journey from Antioch to Rome. Five of these letters were to Churches in Asia Minor; they urged the Christians there to remain faithful to God and to obey their bishops. He warned them against heretical doctrines, providing them with the solid truths of the Christian faith.

The sixth letter was to Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna and also considered another Apostolic Father, who was later martyred for the faith. The final letter begged the Christians in Rome not to try and prevent his martyrdom – “The only thing I ask of you is to allow me to offer the libation of my blood to God. I am the wheat of the Lord; may I be ground by the teeth of the beasts to become the immaculate bread of Christ.”

Saint Ignatius bravely met the lions in the Circus Maximus. His remains are interred in the Basilica di San Clemente in Rome, Italy.

We commemorate his feastday on October 17.

(From catholicnewsagency.com, saints.sqpn.com, americancatholic.org, catholicculture.org and newadvent.org)

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PRAYER

(The following prayer is from the Roman Breviary from the Proper for Saint Ignatius of Antioch)

“All-powerful and Ever-living God, you ennoble Your Church with the heroic witness of all who give their lives for Christ. Grant that the victory of Saint Ignatius of Antioch may bring us Your constant help as it brought him eternal glory.

“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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“Most Merciful and Loving Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, You have brought us to the light of a new day, in which we perceive all the wonders of Your creation and the gift of faith which fills our hearts from Your Divine Goodness;

– please direct us always to follow and embrace Your will in our daily lives, so that we may become a shining light and a holy example for others to see and follow, so that we may one day live our eternity with You in love, peace and everlasting joy, through Christ our Lord. Amen.”