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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“Heavenly and Eternal Father, You who are my Most Loving Creator, please help me to open my heart and recognize the profoundness of Your indescribable Love for me and Your desire to hold me in Your loving arms forever;

– please fill me interiorly with an insatiable zeal for Your House – a burning thirst, a hunger which only You can satisfy in my heart and soul through Your Merciful Love, so that I may be one with You for all eternity. I humbly pray this in Jesus’ Most Holy Name. Amen.”

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

May 22 ~ The Same Love

Theme:  Eucharist

“Approach each of the sisters with the same love with which you approach Me; and whatever you do for them, you do it for Me.” (Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 285)

“Suddenly, I heard a voice in my soul: ‘I am your patron. Read.’ I looked at once at the inscription and read, ‘Patron for the Year 1935 – the Most Blessed Eucharist.’” (Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 360)

My prayer response:

Lord Jesus, help me with Your grace to approach each of my brothers and sisters with the same love I approach You in the Holy Eucharist. What a true marvel of grace that would be! (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

May 22 ~ God’s Love for the Suffering Soul

Theme:  Love

“The Love of God is the flower – Mercy the fruit.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 948)

“Oh, if only the suffering soul knew how it is loved by God, it would die of joy and excess of happiness! Some day, we will know the value of suffering, but then we will no longer be able to suffer. The present moment is ours.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 963)

“I very much desire to know God more deeply and to love Him more ardently, for I have understood that the greater the knowledge, the stronger the love.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 974)

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Meditation for the Day

Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 22

May Our Hunger for God and for His Word Be As a Restless Hunger within Our Hearts, Always Seeking to Please His Divine Will in All That We Think, in All That We Say and Do – Here on This Side of Heaven.

“Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him” – words which we read at the beginning of today’s Gospel, words through which our Lord is inviting us into a relationship of oneness with God Himself.

What does it mean to keep God’s Word? Maybe a better question would be – how are we to recognize God’s Word so that we can keep it? How can we hear His Word in the midst of all the clatter and unholy noise which seems to be reshaping the world in which we live today?

Today, no one is untouched by the culture of secularism and materialistic pleasure which surrounds us constantly. We live in an environment in which the voices of relativism seem to be gaining the upper hand. Their game plan is to promote their own agenda which denies the Voice of reason – a Voice which you and I hold so dear – God’s Voice!

And that Voice which you and I strongly embrace is the Voice of faith. It is the Voice of the moral and religious compass which has guided us in our lives, and has shaped and guided the lives of so many good people throughout the course of human history. It is the Voice which we pass on to our children and our children’s children.

But sadly, when we look around us, we see so much darkness. And those who try to truly live God’s message are soundly attacked from many different fronts – a secular media which seems more concerned with ratings than publishing or broadcasting the truth, an entertainment industry which laughs contemptibly and with scorn at those who espouse and support a moral lifestyle.

There are many in our health industry who advocate and practice a culture of death. And there are those in our judicial system who have lost sight of what it truly means to protect the most vulnerable in our society – the unborn and the elderly.

Jesus said in yesterday’s Gospel, “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first…because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you…If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you…And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me.”

And yet, as though with words of consolation, Jesus says to us in today’s Gospel, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.”

And then, our Lord goes on to say, “Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.”

Each and every one of us, by virtue of our Baptism, has been called by Christ to become co-heirs with Him, inheritors of the Kingdom of God which has been prepared for us from before the beginning of time. It is – in the very nature of our Baptism in the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ – that you and I have been called to discipleship and an intimate oneness with our God.

We have each been called to become a living witness to the indescribable Love and limitless Mercy which is reserved for each of God’s children. Being a living witness, however, being a true disciple of Jesus Christ does not come without its hardships. Being a true follower of the Christian message does not come without its crosses, especially in a world which prefers to be guided by principles of greed and materialistic self-interests.

For what parent or grandparent has not had his or her heart walked on, at one time or another, by a child or a grandchild who prefers to embrace the seductions of a secularistic culture over the morality and the spiritual life of our Christian faith?

Ours is a message of moral chastity and selfless love. The world’s is one of moral depravity and selfish gratification. Ours is a message of forgiveness and mercy. The world’s is one of retribution and violence.

From the sixth chapter of the Book of Deuteronomy from the Old Testament, we read, “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone! Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

Each of us is called to live our life in covenant with the God who is our Creator, to live all the days of our life so as “…to hear the word of God and keep it.”

Merely observing the Law, merely living the outward signs of being Christian will not earn for us the reward of eternal life. Even our Lord once said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven!”

In our First Reading, the Apostles and the elders who attended the Council of Jerusalem, who met to sort out the issues surrounding the admission of Gentiles into the Christian community, had to open their hearts to hear the will of God.

They had to empty from themselves their own false notions of self-importance and pride, so that the Spirit of God’s Truth could guide each of them into making the right decision for the good of the Body of Christ.

For each one of us, for you and me, our goal in life, the very reason we were created in the first place, is for union with God. As Saint Augustine once said, “You have made us for Yourself O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You!”

Those who follow Jesus Christ and who truly seek the will of God for themselves enter into a new family, a family of “saints” as it were, here on Earth and in Heaven.

And Jesus shows us today that our true kinship with Him is more than just a matter of flesh and blood. As adopted sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father, we need to transform ourselves, following the example which Mary, our Blessed Mother, has set for each of us, in the way she surrendered herself to embrace God’s will for her, especially in this month devoted to the Mother of God!

Our relationship with God requires a renewed discipleship, a renewed loyalty from the very depths of our hearts, so that God may dwell within each one of us – so that our words and our actions may truly be Spirit-guided!

Our citizenship in this life, on this side of eternity, is but a blink of the eye when compared to an existence-without-end on the other side of that Eternal Doorway, through which each of us must one day pass at the end of our time here on Earth.

Each of you reading this meditation today is doing so because of your desire to gain for yourself eternal citizenship in the New Jerusalem, the City of God, as described to us in the Book of Revelation – our eternal home in which there is no more sorrow, no more sickness, where God “will wipe away every tear” from our eyes.

You are reading this today so as to truly live your relationship of love with our Lord and our Savior, a relationship which is based upon an intimate and holy oneness with our God.

The prayer of the psalmist should become our own prayer in the face of all that confronts us and our loved ones here in our daily life, “May God have pity on us and bless us; may he let his face shine upon us. So may your way be known upon earth; among all nations, your salvation.”

May our hunger for God and for His Word be as a restless hunger within our hearts! And may each of us always seek to please His Divine will – by not only hearing the Word of God, but most importantly keeping it in all that we think, in all that we say and do – here on this side of Heaven!

We know how the story will one day end. We know the final outcome in the battle between God’s Truth and the world of relativism, between Divine Light and the world’s darkness, between Good and evil.

May each of us and all our loved ones be found only and always on God’s side!

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

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Scripture for the Day

  • “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.’(John 14:23)
  • “Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.” (John 14:24)
  • “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first…because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you…If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you…And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me.” (John 15:18, 19b, 20b, 21)
  • “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone! Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; cf. Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:29-30; cf. Luke 10:27)
  • “…blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it.” (Luke 11:28)
  • “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? …So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:14, 17)
  • “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven!” (Matthew 7:21)
  • “[God] will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
  • “May God be gracious to us and bless us; may his face shine upon us. So shall your way be known upon the earth, your victory among all the nations. May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you!” (Psalm 67:2-4)

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Prayer for the Day

“Lord Jesus, our Glorious Savior,
we humbly give to You our lives;
do with us as Your Providence wills,
for Your greater honor and glory.

“Make our lives useful to Your service.
The only ambition we have is to humbly and honestly
listen to You and fulfill Your Divine will.
In this, we wish to lift up Your Name, Lord Jesus, not ours.

“We desire to make known the power of Your Spirit,
the Holy Spirit of Divine Love and Truth.
We want You to claim us for Yourself,
and use us according to Your Divine purpose.

“And no matter the task
which You assign to us in life,
we will be contented, and full of joy,
to fulfill our purpose as disciples of Your Spirit.

“Lord Jesus, may Your Holy Spirit live in us always,
guiding us to live a virtuous and fruitful life,
always pleasing to You and helpful to our neighbor,
as we help to build up the Body of Christ.

“Fill our lives with meaning and our hearts with hope.
And when our time here is complete,
bless us with eternal life in Your Heavenly Kingdom.
Jesus, we pray this in Your Most Holy Name. Amen.”

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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 Lord Jesus, when You assumed our human nature and walked amongst us, You gave us to know the mind and will of God in the living of our daily lives;

– please grant us the desire to embrace that quality of Christ-like humility and meekness of heart which You lived as an example for us to follow, so that we may truly live the virtues of selfless love and compassionate mercy and understanding towards others, becoming the extension of Your Heart in our every thought, word and deed in this world in which we live today. We humbly pray this always in Your Most Holy Name. Amen.”

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

May 15 ~ Infinite Value for Souls

Theme:  Meditate Upon My Passion

“Today, during Mass, I saw the Lord Jesus in the midst of His sufferings, as though dying on the cross. He said to me, ‘My daughter, meditate frequently on the sufferings which I have undergone for your sake, and then nothing of what you suffer for Me will seem great to you. You please Me most when you meditate on My Sorrowful Passion. Join your little sufferings to My Sorrowful Passion, so that they may have infinite value before My Majesty.’(Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 1512)

My prayer response:

Lord Jesus, may I meditate frequently on the sufferings of Your Passion. May I please join my little sufferings to Your Sorrowful Passion that they may have infinite value for souls. (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

May 15 ~ The Fire of Living Love

Theme:  Love

“I have enclosed myself in the tabernacle together with Jesus, my Master. He Himself drew me into the fire of living love on which everything converges.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 704)

“In the evening, I fell as if into a faint and a strange sort of agony. My love wants to equal the love of the Mighty One. It is drawn to Him so vehemently that it is impossible, without some special grace from God, to bear the vastness of such a grace in this life. But I see clearly that Jesus Himself is sustaining me and strengthening me and making me capable of communing with Him.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 708)

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Meditation for the Day

Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 15

God Is Reaching Out to Each of Us, Asking Us to Truly Live Lives of Selfless Love in All That We Do, without Distinction, without Prejudice or Bias, But with a Truly Open and Selfless Giving of Ourselves for the Good of Each Person Who Touches Our Lives.

In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus speaking not only to His Apostles, but to all believers throughout the generations who would follow and reflect upon His words, “As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.”

To better understand our Lord’s command to us, we should first attempt to better understand how He loves us. What is it about His Love which makes it so distinguishable from other loves? What is it about this Love which God has for you and me that makes it so special, so unique – in the way it impacts our everyday life and in the relationships which we have with others?

Several years ago, there was a play that came out. It started in Madison Square Garden, and then hit the circuit of stages in various cities throughout the United States. The play was titled, “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told.” It was a story about relationships – relationships within families and amongst loved ones.

Yet, with all its publicity and theatrical reviews, the play really missed its mark! For it failed to recognize that Singular Relationship which truly speaks to us of the Greatest Love Story ever realized throughout the course of human history – that unfathomable and indescribable Love which God has for all of mankind, about which Sacred Scripture unfolds for us!

The Bible teaches us of God’s relationship to His creation, and His relentlessness in inviting His children into truly living a loving relationship with Himself.

And the profoundness of the depth of God’s Love was revealed to us by Christ Himself, for we find many different Scripture passages in the New Testament which speak to you and me about how God calls us to Himself in a true communion of love – a spiritual union in which God becomes our Spiritual Father, we become His children, a spiritual union in which we are invited to become co-heirs with Christ in His Eternal Kingdom.

“As I have loved you…”

John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”

How many times have we read this simple verse and yet failed to realize the fullness and the beauty of its true meaning?

To whom did He send His Son? The verse says, “God so loved the world…” It does not say, “For God so loved His Chosen People…” No! He sent his Son for everyone – peoples of every nation, of every race, creed, culture and religious persuasion!

God is not biased or preferential in His Love. He does not discriminate because of racial, cultural or sexual preferences. His Love is pure; His Love is all-inclusive and non-judgmental! In this meditation, we are NOT talking about human behavior which offends God. Rather, we are focusing on what God IS and what He truly is all about!

In the First Letter of John, we read, “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.”

For you and me, remaining in God means that we embrace this most wondrous gift of Love which God has for each of us – a Love which is so difficult for us to grasp, to put our hands around, a Love which is so difficult for us to fully understand or fathom.

But it is a Love which we recognize each and every time we gaze upon the Cross. It is a Love which we experience, in a very real way, each and every time we receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of Eucharist!

And it is this communion of Love which God has for each of us, this total selfless giving of Himself for you and me – a Love which he is asking us to share with all those around us.

“As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.”

A simple enough task – loving one another. And yet, when we look at the world in which we live, when we read the newspapers or listen to the news on the radio or television, the very concept of a real, selfless love seems to be lacking in so many people – lacking in so many of our brothers and sisters!

If we were to take the time to imagine a world filled with love – a world in which societies and cultures place the needs of others first, a world in which we would find no hatred, no violence of any form, a world in which hunger and disease were eradicated, then I would say that we finally and truly have learned how to love selflessly.

We would be able to say that God’s Kingdom has truly come upon the Earth, fully lived out in each and every one of us – a petition for which we pray daily in the Lord’s Prayer, a petition for a new Heaven and a new Earth which is promised to us in Sacred Scripture.

But when we look around us today, we know that reality paints a much different picture. The landscape in which we live is oftentimes filled with selfishness, greed, power, lust, secular idolatry – these are all faces of a culture which is sorely lacking in the virtue of selfless love!

Loving one another, as we read in today’s Gospel, is NOT an option! It IS a commandment which our Lord expects from each of His children!

And yet, this commandment is not without a living example for each of us to follow. The Eternal Word emptied Himself of the awesomeness and the glory of His Divinity, so that He could take upon Himself our human nature, so that He could teach us by both word and example, including His own death, what it truly means to love others selflessly.

In today’s Gospel, we find Jesus and the Apostles in the Upper Room. He is preparing His chosen few for the Passion which He is about to undergo. He says to them, “I give you a new commandment: love one another.”

And then He says to them and to us, for His words are timeless, “This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

This verse reminds me of the hymn which we sometimes sing, one which I am sure most of us are familiar, “They will know we are Christians by our love, by our love. They will know that we are Christians by our love.”

Out of His indescribable Love for each of us, Jesus accepted the awesome task of freely giving Himself up to death, to the point of enduring the horrendous pain of scourging at the hands of Roman soldiers, the humiliation of Roman crucifixion and the horrific agony of the Cross – so that He may teach us, His brothers and sisters, of the Divine Love and Mercy which our Heavenly Father has for each one of us – so that you and I, and all our brothers and sisters of every generation, may be reconciled to our Heavenly Father for all eternity!

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

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 profoundly – the Eternal Love which is beyond human explanation or adequate expression. And it is because of this Love that He invites each of us to be with Him always.

God invites both you and me to be in relationship with Himself – a relationship which is holy, a relationship which is loving and intimate, a relationship which unites us to His Love for all eternity.

For, as we read from the Book of Revelation in our Second Reading today, ‘Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them as their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away.’ The One who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’

This newness about which we are promised is the peace and love for which we all deeply yearn within our hearts. It is a life filled with eternal joy, a life in which God’s Presence is always before us, loving us, caring for us – a life in which there are no more wars, no more disease, no more despair.

For you and me today, here on this side of Heaven, God is reaching out to each of us, asking us to truly live lives of selfless love in all that we do. It is easy to live this virtuous love for all those whom we hold dear within our families. God is asking us, however, to take this same love and live it in the world.

“As I have loved you, so you also should love one another” – without distinction, without prejudice or bias, but with a truly open and selfless giving of ourselves for the good of each person who touches our lives!

Jesus loved you and me so much, that He stretched out His arms so that He may embrace us for all eternity. In remembrance of His Love, in remembrance of His example, can we do no less?

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

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Scripture for the Day

  • “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” (John 13:34)
  • “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
  • “In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10)
  • “But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
  • “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.” (1 John 4:16)
  • “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)
  • “The commandments…are summed up in this saying, namely, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.” (Romans 13:9-10)
  • “I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them as their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away.’ The One who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’(Revelation 21:3-5a)
  • “This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)

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Prayer for the Day

“Eternal and Most Loving Father,
I submit my entire self to Your Holy will.
All that I am today, transform me into Your servant;
living Your Truth amongst my brothers and sisters.

“Thank You for imbuing me with Your Holy Spirit,
who guides me to live a life of righteousness,
enabling me to be all that You desire me to be,
so that I may give my best in service to Your children.

“Forgive me for my past failures,
rejecting the image of Christ in those around me.
In selfishness, I held back Your Love
and fell short in living the virtue of charity.

“Fill my heart with humility,
so that I may always fulfill Your will,
imitating the life of Your Son, Jesus,
giving love without counting the cost.

“In Jesus’ Name, I pray for this grace
for the glory of Your Divine Majesty,
in the Presence of the Holy Spirit,
and for the well-being of my soul for all eternity. Amen.”

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