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 and Eternal God, You call each of Your faithful children to be imitators of Your holiness and extensions of Your Love to all whom we meet;

– with the help of Your grace and the indwelling of Your Spirit, may each of us give witness to others about the truth, joy and hope of the Gospel message, in spite of whatever difficulties we may experience in this life. For it is the message of the Good News of Jesus Christ wherein we shall find our true peace and happiness, and, ultimately, our eternal life with You, all through Christ our Lord. Amen.”

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

November 25 ~ Be Always Ready

Theme:  End Times and Eternal Life

“Today I said to the Lord, ‘When will You take me to Yourself? I’ve been feeling so ill, and I’ve been waiting for Your coming with such longing!’ Jesus answered me, ‘Be always ready; I will not leave you in this exile for long. My holy will must be fulfilled in you.’ O Lord, if Your holy will has not yet been entirely fulfilled in me, here I am, ready for everything that You want, O Lord!

“O my Jesus, there is only one thing which surprises me; namely, that You make so many secrets known to me; but that one secret – the hour of my death – You do not want to tell me. And the Lord answered me, ‘Be at peace; I will let you know, but not just now.’(Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 1539)

My prayer response:

Lord Jesus, prepare me for my own personal end times. May I fulfill Your will in my life and be at peace with Your perfect timing for my death and entrance into eternal life with You. (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

November 25 ~ Transform Me into Yourself

Theme:  Deify, Divinize, Transform

“O Jesus, my Lord, help me. Let what You have planned before all ages happen to me. I am ready at each beckoning of Your holy will. Enlighten my mind that I may know Your will. O God, You who pervade my soul, You know that I desire nothing but Your glory.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 650)

“O my Jesus, transform me into Yourself by the power of Your love, that I may be a worthy tool in proclaiming Your mercy.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 783)

“Transform me into Yourself and make me capable of doing Your Holy will in all things and of returning Your love.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 832)

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Meditation for the Day

Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time, November 25

May We Answer Our Lord’s Call to Be Living Witnesses Who Bear Testimony to the Joy and the Power of the Gospel Message, Even in the Midst of the Daily Challenges Which Shall Come Our Way As We Follow the Path Which Leads to Eternal Life.

In the midst of the trials and tribulations which each person endures in this life, in the midst of personal grief and sorrow, even in the midst of persecution which some of our Christian brothers and sisters in this world suffer, our Lord says to each one of us today, “By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”

The Gospel message which we hear spoken throughout the year, and also the passages which we read personally, are referred to as the “Good News”. Then, why do so many people throughout the world, even in my own country of America, founded on the principles of religious freedom, oppose it intensely and, sometimes, even with violence? And Jesus warns His followers that they will be confronted with hostility, persecution, betrayal, even hatred.

The real enemy of the Good News of Jesus Christ is Satan, whom our Lord calls a “murderer” and “the father of lies” which we find in the Gospel of John. Satan uses fear and hatred to provoke hostility in others towards those who follow our Lord and His teachings of God’s Truth.

And what is Jesus’ response to this hostility and opposition? – love, truth and forgiveness. Only love can defeat prejudice, intolerance, hatred, and envy. God’s Love purifies our hearts and minds of all that would divide and bring out the worst in people.

God’s Truth is also essential for overcoming evil and tribulation in the world. Satan deceives and sin blinds the heart and mind with man-made truth – a truth which trivializes all that comes from the Divine. For it is only God’s Truth which can free us from error and spiritual blindness; it is only God’s Truth which can set us on the path to true freedom – freedom from the slavery of sin and moral corruption and all forms of relativism.

And forgiveness is that virtue which conforms us more to the Mind and Heart of Christ Himself, for it is forgiveness which emulates the merciful nature of God’s Love. The very act of forgiveness reminds us of our Lord’s own act of forgiving from the Cross all those who unjustly tried, convicted, brutalized and crucified Him, and who continue to do so even today!

In this time in which we live, when we find ourselves witnesses to the continual onslaught of hatred, mayhem, secularism and negative media attention that many faithful Christians experience in the various world cultures around the world, there comes a moment when we must ask ourselves the question –

“Where do I stand? Do I stand with Christ, no matter what it may entail? Or do I give in to the seductions of secularism and feel safe from persecution? Do I live God’s Truth, or do I live my own truth?”

In the end, it all boils down to a single question, “Whose voice do I listen to – Jesus’ or Satan’s?”

The Gospel truly is God’s word of truth and salvation. That is why Jesus tells His disciples to proclaim the Good News throughout the whole world, even in the midst of opposition and persecution. Our Lord tells His disciples that if they endure to the end, they will gain their lives – they will see God’s gift of salvation and inherit eternal life and happiness!

Spiritual, emotional and physical endurance are more than just human effort and individual perseverance. It is a supernatural gift of the Holy Spirit which enables each one of us to bear up under any trial or temptation, under any form of persecution. And endurance is strengthened with hope – the supernatural assurance that we will see God face-to-face and inherit all the promises He has given to us.

And for each of us, Jesus is our Supreme Model and Hero who endured the Cross for our sake, so that we may inherit eternal life with Him. In His Cross, our Lord gave us the true example of what it means to not only be a people of love, but also to be a people of truth and forgiveness, especially when we feel called to stand up for God’s Truth, especially when we feel called to endure our own crosses out of love for Him.

In today’s world, our Lord may call some of His children to be true martyrs for their faith. But for most of us, our call is to become living martyrs – living witnesses who bear testimony to the joy and the power of the Gospel message in the midst of daily challenges, in the midst of daily contradictions, temptations and adversities which will come our way as we follow the path which leads to the eternal reward which awaits those who follow and embrace the Good News of Jesus Christ.

May each one of us, both you and I, in the life of faith to which we give witness in our daily lives, always persevere – no matter how difficult our personal misfortunes or tribulations may become.

For, in the end, all the faithful who have survived through steadfast perseverance will sing out with one voice the words we find in the Book of Revelation –

“Great and wonderful are your works, Lord God almighty. Just and true are your ways, O king of the nations.” Amen!

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Scripture for the Day

  • “You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”  (Luke 21:16-19)
  • “[Satan] was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks in character, because he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44bc)
  • “…if you are patient when you suffer for doing what is good, this is a grace before God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps.” (1 Peter 2:20b-21)
  • “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5)
  • “In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:16-17)
  • “Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.” (Romans 12:11-12)
  • “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” (Acts 14:22b)
  • “Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4)
  • “With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the holy ones.” (Ephesians 6:18)
  • “I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.” (Philippians 4:13)
  • “Great and wonderful are your works, Lord God almighty. Just and true are your ways, O king of the nations.” (Revelation 15:3bc)

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Prayer for the Day

“O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness
and we feel our weakness and helplessness,
give us the sense of Your Presence,
Your Love, and Your Strength.

“Help us to have perfect trust
in Your protecting Love and strengthening Power,
so that nothing may frighten or worry us;
for, living close to You, we shall see Your hand,
Your purpose, Your will through all things.”

Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Saint of the Day ~ November 25

SAINT CATHERINE of ALEXANDRIA (?-310), virgin and martyr – Patroness of philosophers, teachers and maidens

Today, the universal Church honors Saint Catherine of Alexandria, whose martyrdom in the fourth century was revered by Christians.

Catherine was born into nobility and devoted herself to the pursuit of knowledge, and, by the age of eighteen, she surpassed all her contemporaries in her knowledge of the science of her day. According to legend, she converted to Christianity after having received a vision.

Upon seeing how the Christians were being tortured during the persecution of Emperor Maximinus II, Caesar of Syria and Egypt from 305-313 A.D., she went to Maximinus and reproached him for his cruelty. He was taken by her wisdom and charm, and allowed her to debate with fifty of his pagan philosophers. Amazed at her wisdom and debating skills, many were converted by her arguments, and the emperor had them immediately martyred!

Maximinus then had her scourged and imprisoned. The empress and Porphyrius, general of the army, were amazed by the stories they heard and went to see Catherine in prison. Legend has it that they, too, converted, along with some 200 soldiers, for which they were all subsequently martyred.

The emperor then ordered Catherine to be placed on a wheel of torture, which consisted of a set of interacting wheels embedded with sharp and pointed knives; from her lacerated body prayers ascended to heaven and this mechanism of torture fell apart. Many who witnessed this miracle embraced the faith. Finally, on the 25th of November in the year 310, this faithful and holy servant of Christ was beheaded in Alexandria, Egypt.

Prayer devotion to her grew during the Middle Ages. As a result, there were many chapels and churches dedicated to her throughout western Europe.

We commemorate her feastday on November 25.

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

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PRAYER

(The following prayer is from the Roman Missal from the Collect for Saint Catherine of Alexandria)

“Almighty and Ever-living God, who gave Saint Catherine of Alexandria to Your people as a virgin and invincible martyr, grant that, through her intercession, we may be strengthened in faith and constancy and spend ourselves without reserve for the unity of the Church.

“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.”

A PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

For those who are celebrating a day of thanksgiving tomorrow, I offer you this prayer to be offered at your family dinner table.

Heavenly and Most Loving Father, on this day of celebration, we praise You and give You glory, as we offer You our heartfelt thanksgiving for all the wondrous gifts with which You have blessed our lives – the gift of life, the gift of our immortal soul, the gift of faith. From the depths of our hearts, we thank You for family and friends, and for the grace-filled love which fills our hearts.

Lord, we pray for all those who are suffering and alone in this world. We pray for all Your children who are struggling with grief and illness, especially during these difficult times in which we live today. We pray for all the poor, the homeless and those who feel unloved in our world.

We pray for all Your children, Lord, especially those who are the most vulnerable and have no voice and cannot defend themselves in the wombs of their mothers, and for all those who hunger and thirst for righteousness in their lives and for true justice in this world which we live.

Most Loving Father, we ask for Your blessings upon us this day, as we strive to know You more clearly, to love You more intimately, and to follow You more earnestly.

We ask for Your blessing upon the gifts which we are to receive this day from Your immeasurable bounty, which are a visible sign of Your goodness and unfathomable Love which You hold for each of us, Your children.

Father, we offer You this prayer and all that resides within the deepest recesses of our hearts out of love and faith in the Most Holy Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, 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 Loving and Eternal Father, You invite each of us to a life of righteousness and personal holiness, so that our every thought, word and deed will always be most pleasing to You;

– may Your Love for Your children guide us into a true yearning and hunger for You and a deeper awareness and a greater desire to embrace that most wondrous of all gifts offered from the Flower of Your Love, the indescribable wonder of Heaven itself! We humbly pray this in Jesus’ Most Holy Name. Amen.”

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

November 24 ~ The Door of Mercy

Theme:  End Times and Eternal Life

“Today, I heard in my soul these words: ‘My daughter, it is time for you to take action; I am with you. Great persecutions and sufferings are in store for you, but be comforted by the thought that many souls will be saved and sanctified by this work.’(Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 966)

“Write: before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice…” (Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 1146)

My prayer response:

Lord Jesus, may we be apostles of The Divine Mercy message and devotion, with the help of Saint Faustina. Please help us to proclaim Your Mercy, so that many may pass through the door of Your Mercy while it is still open! (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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