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 Loving Lord Jesus, in Your Divinity, You assumed our human nature to not only teach us but also show by example the true meaning of humility and selfless love;

– please enkindle within us, Your faithful children, these same virtues of humility and selflessness in our daily lives, so that all our thoughts, words and actions may always be most pleasing to You, for imitating Your selfless nature becomes our roadmap to Heaven, our pathway to eternal life. We humbly pray this in Your Most Holy Name. Amen.”

Anonymous

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

May 24 ~ My Power

Theme:  Eucharist

“On Thursday, when I went to my cell, I saw over me the Sacred Host in great brightness. Then I heard a voice that seemed to be coming from above the Host: ‘In the Host is your power; it will defend you.’(Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 616)

“October 3, 1936. During the rosary today, I suddenly saw a ciborium with the Blessed Sacrament. The ciborium was uncovered and quite filled with hosts. From the ciborium came a voice: ‘These hosts have been received by souls converted through your prayer and suffering.’ At this point, I felt God’s presence as a child would; I felt strangely like a child.” (Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 709)

My prayer response:

Lord Jesus, may the Eucharist be my power in the battle of life and the power of my intercession for souls. As I receive You in Holy Communion, help me offer my little sufferings to You for the sake of souls who are most in need of Your Mercy. (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

May 24 ~ The Full Force of Love

Theme:  Love

“The greatest greatness is to love God; true greatness is in loving God; real wisdom is to love God. All that is great and beautiful is in God; there is no beauty or greatness outside of Him. O you sages of the world and you great minds, recognize that true greatness is in loving God!” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 990)

“My heart has come to love the Lord with the full force of love, and I know no other love, because it is from the beginning that my soul has sunk deeply in the Lord as in its only treasure.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 1021)

“…even if the Lord were to hide, love will know how to find Him.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 1022)

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Meditation for the Day

Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter, May 24

Loving One Another Is Not An Option; It Is a Commandment Which Our Lord Expects from Each One of Us.

We hear Jesus say to each of us at the end of today’s Gospel Reading, “This I command you: love one another.”

A simple enough task, loving one another. As a Christian people, that is what you and I are called to do – to treat others in the same way we wish to be treated, to love as God loves us.

And yet, as I have stated in previous meditations, 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, or follow the news stories over the internet, 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 are eradicated, then we could say that we finally and truly have learned how to love one another selflessly!

We could then say that God’s Kingdom has truly come upon the Earth, as we daily petition our Heavenly Father in the Lord’s Prayer.

But when we look around us, we know that reality paints a much different picture. Selfishness, greed, power, lust, violence – 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. In today’s Gospel, we find Jesus and the Apostles in the Upper Room. The Last Supper has just finished, and Jesus is sharing with His disciples some of His most intimate thoughts: “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

And then, Jesus clarifies the relationship which He asks of each of us, “You are my friends if you do what I command you.”

Being loved by God – being called His friend – is such an awesome gift! And to be able to take that same gift and share it with others whom God places in our lives, makes each of us faithful sons and daughters of God Himself!

Jesus once said in another place, “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.” They will come to us and make their dwelling within us. What an incredible thought! – that the Eternal and Most Blessed Trinity could love each of us so much that God would dwell within us! And yet, is that not what takes place each time we worthily partake of the Eucharist?

In yesterday’s Gospel, we read, “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love…”

To remain in His Love, to keep His commandments, means that we share in a personal friendship, an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ – a relationship which is beyond anything the human mind could ever conceive on its own, for it is a special union with the One who has created us, with the One who had redeemed us for Himself.

In our individual walks of faith, we have come to know and understand that it is God’s desire that all His children embrace His Love. It is God’s desire that His Love becomes the Light which illumines the hearts of His children who have been so sorely seduced by the darkness which has enslaved much of today’s world.

And such is what we see with the Gentiles in our First Reading. Through the witness which Paul and Barnabas gave to their faith in Christ, the eyes of the Gentiles were opened to God’s Truth. Their hearts were opened to the Divine Light Himself – and the Church continued to grow.

Each of us, by virtue of our Baptism into the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, has been called by our Lord Himself to become the extension of His Love, reaching out to those whom He has placed in our individual paths in life.

And in the discipleship to which we are each called, He says to you and me today, “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain.”

We realize our discipleship in Christ through our individual prayer life. We live our discipleship by the love we share and the example we set for others to follow. As friends and as followers of our Lord, we need to not only hear His message and make it a part of our daily lives, we also need to live it for others to see, so that we, ourselves, may become a holy example – imitating the example of Saint Francis of Assisi himself, who once said to his own followers, “Preach the Gospel at all times; when necessary, use words.”

May Jesus, who is our dearest and most intimate Friend and Brother, fill each of us with His Spirit of Truth, His Spirit of Strengthening, His Spirit of Love – so that both you and I may become to the world around us that example of Divine Light as we reach out, in fulfillment of our Lord’s command, and “love one another”

– as He loves each and every one of us!

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Scripture for the Day

  • “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.” (John 15:12-15)
  • “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 14:23bcd)
  • “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.” (John 15:16)
  • “Since you have purified yourselves by obedience to the truth for sincere mutual love, love one another intensely from a pure heart.” (1 Peter 11:22)
  • “Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.” (1 John 3:18)
  • “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another.” (1 John 4:11)
  • “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)
  • “Above all, let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)
  • “This I command you: love one another.” (John 15:17)

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Prayer for the Day

“Lord, make me an instrument of Your Love.

May I see each circumstance in my life

as an opportunity to grow in Your Mercy.

May I see my environment

as a place to grow in Your Peace.

“When I am tempted to become impatient,

help me to be patient.

“When I am tempted to become unkind,

help me to be kind.

“When I am tempted to become jealous,

help me to be tolerant.

“When I am tempted to become boastful or proud,

help me give You the glory.

“When I am tempted to be rude or selfish,

give me the gift of gentleness.

“When I am tempted to take offense,

help me to let go.

“When I am tempted to become angry with someone,

give me the gift of forgiveness.

“When I am tempted to become resentful,

give me Your power to love.

“All gifts and all charisms come from You.

All will one day come to an end,

with one important exception, the gift of love!

Help me to always love others as You love me. Amen.”

Anonymous

Saint of the Day ~ May 24

SAINTS DONATIEN AND ROGATIEN (?-c.287), martyrs

Today, the Church honors Saints Donatien and Rogatien, who were brothers and were martyred together for their faith in the third century, about the year 287.

They were born to a Roman family in Nantes, Brittany, a province in Northwestern France, and Donatien, a young nobleman, was the first to convert to Christianity, becoming an ardent witness to the faith after receiving Baptism and who zealously evangelized, encouraging others to embrace the teachings of Jesus Christ.

His witness was reported to be so inspiring that his brother, Rogatien, who had been resistant or indifferent at first, was moved by his example and also converted to the Christian faith.

However, the persecution of Christians by the Roman Emperor Diocletian was underway at this time, and both brothers were arrested before Rogatien was able to be baptized. The brothers spent the night in jail together in prayer. The next day, after refusing to deny their faith, they were tortured on the rack, and then beheaded. Thus, the Baptism of Rogatien was a Baptism of blood through his martyrdom for the faith.

In the fifth century, a church was built over the tomb where they were buried together. Today, it is called the Basilica of Saint Donatien and Saint Rogatien, located in Nantes, France.

We commemorate their joint feastday on May 24.

(From catholicnewsagency.com, catholic.org/saints and jesus-passion.com)

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PRAYER

(The following prayer is from the Roman Breviary from the Commons for Several Martyrs)

“Lord, You gave Your martyrs Donatien and Rogatien the privilege of shedding their blood, boldly proclaiming the Death and Resurrection of Your Son. May this celebration of their victory give them honor among Your people.

“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 Series on the Catechism

PART IV:  CHRISTIAN PRAYER

Section One:  Prayer in the Christian Life

Chapter 1:  The Revelation of Prayer

Article 3,  In the Age of the Church (cont’d)

§ 2625  In the first place these are prayers that the faithful hear and read in the Scriptures, but also that they make their own – especially those of the Psalms, in view of their fulfillment in Christ (cf. Luke 24:27, 44).

The Holy Spirit, who thus keeps the memory of Christ alive in His Church at prayer, also leads her toward the fullness of truth and inspires new formulations expressing the unfathomable mystery of Christ at work in His Church’s life, Sacraments, and mission. These formulations are developed in the great liturgical and spiritual traditions. The forms of prayer revealed in the Apostolic and Canonical Scriptures remain normative for Christian prayer.

I.  Blessing and Adoration

§ 2626  Blessing expresses the basic movement of Christian prayer: it is an encounter between God and man. In blessing, God’s gift and man’s acceptance of it are united in dialogue with each other. The prayer of blessing is man’s response to God’s gifts: because God blesses, the human heart can, in return, bless the One who is the Source of every blessing.

§ 2627  Two fundamental forms express this movement: our prayer ascends in the Holy Spirit through Christ to the Father – we bless Him for having blessed us (cf. Ephesians 1:3-14; 2 Corinthians 1:3-7; 1 Peter 1:3-9); it implores the grace of the Holy Spirit that descends through Christ from the Father – He blesses us (cf. 2 Cor 13:14; Romans 15:5-6, 13; Eph 6:23-24).

§ 2628  Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us (cf. Psalm 95:1-6) and the Almighty Power of the Savior who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the “King of Glory” (Ps 24, 9-10), respectful silence in the presence of the “ever greater” God (cf. EPs 62, 16: PL 36, 757-758). Adoration of the Thrice-Holy and Sovereign God of Love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications.

II.  Prayer of Petition

§ 2629  The vocabulary of supplication in the New Testament is rich in shades of meaning: ask, beseech, plead, invoke, entreat, cry out, even “struggle in prayer” (cf. Rom 15:30; Colossians 4:12). Its most usual form, because [it is] the most spontaneous, is petition: by prayer of petition we express awareness of our relationship with God. We are creatures who are not our own beginning, not the masters of adversity, not our own last end. We are sinners who, as Christians, know that we have turned away from our Father. Our petition is already a turning back to Him.

Tomorrow – Prayer of Petition (to be continued)

(Part IV, Section 1, Chapter 1, Article 3 – to be continued)

[Editor’s Note:  The abbreviations in today’s posting are noted below.]

  • “cf.” – “confer [compare or refer to]”
  • “EPs” – St. Augustine, “Enarrationes in Psalmos [Expositions on the Psalms]”
  • “PL” – “Patrologia Latina [Latin Patrology]”, an enormous collection of writings of the Church Fathers and other ecclesiastical writers in the Latin language published by J. P. Migne, (Paris, 18411855 A.D.)
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