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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“Lord Jesus Christ, You who are the King of Glory, on a most profound journey of Love, You came down from Your Divine Throne and assumed our frail human nature; and after Your Resurrection, You glorified it in Heaven when You ascended to Your Father and ours, and are now seated at His right hand for all eternity;

– as we look forward to our own bodily ascension one day, may we always embrace and live the faith with which Your Spirit has filled our hearts, so that, through Your grace, we may be found worthy to become co-heirs with You and give glory and thanksgiving for all the wonders which await Your faithful children. We shall always and humbly pray this request in Your Most Holy Name. Amen.”

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

May 16 ~ Disciple of a Crucified Master

Theme:  Meditate Upon My Passion

“Jesus said to me today, ‘You often call Me your Master. This is pleasing to My Heart; but do not forget, My disciple, that you are a disciple of a crucified Master. Let that one word be enough for you. You know what is contained in the cross.’(Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 1513)

My prayer response:

Lord Jesus, my crucified Master, help me to be Your disciple. Please help me with Your Mercy to offer my daily cross and join it with Your Holy Cross and follow You always. (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

May 16 ~ I Drown in Him

Theme:  Love

“Only love can understand this meeting of two spirits, namely, God-who-is-Spirit and the soul-who-is-creature. The more I know Him, the more completely with all the strength of my being I drown in Him.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 729)

“And God has given me to understand that there is but one thing that is of infinite value in His eyes, and that is love of God; love, love and once again, love; and nothing can compare with a single act of pure love of God. Oh, with what inconceivable favors God gifts a soul that loves Him sincerely!” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 778)

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Meditation for the Day

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, May 16

May We Always Embrace and Live the Faith with Which God Has Filled Our Hearts, So That We Will Find Ourselves Rising in the Wonder and Awe of Our Own Ascension into His Heavenly Kingdom.

“So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God.”

Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord into Heaven, an event which occurred, as Scripture tells us, forty days after His Resurrection. And our Lord’s Ascension should give each of us pause to reflect upon our own mortality, and what awaits us after our last breath and our final heartbeat in this life.

I am sure that each one of us, who is old enough, has experienced a personal death, be it a grandparent or parent, aunt or uncle, brother or sister, spouse or child. Physical death is a reality of life, and not one of us can ever escape its ultimate hold which it has upon us.

How we deal with death, and what comes after it, is fairly well determined by our faith, and how central our faith has become in the way we live our lives. Christianity teaches us that there is a Heaven and a Hell. The Church teaches us that our eternity is determined by how we live this life of faith which we profess, and the willing observance of God’s Commandments and the Precepts of our Church.

In our Readings for today, we are given a glimpse of what becomes our own possibility, for we are witnesses to the bodily Ascension of our Savior into His Heavenly Kingdom!

In our First Reading, we find Jesus, just prior to ascending to His Father, telling His Apostles to wait in Jerusalem for their Baptism by the Holy Spirit – “…the promise of the Father about which you have heard me speak…”

The Ascension marks the end of Jesus’ physical time here on Earth among His disciples, and the time of the Holy Spirit and the beginnings of Christ’s Church is about to commence.

And in our Gospel today from the Book of Mark, Jesus’ final words to His Apostles were words of commissioning, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved…” – words which speak to us of faithful service, words which speak to us of hope.

What a magnificent scene this must have been – seeing our Lord lifted up in all His Glory to be seated at the right hand of His Father and ours!

Today, we celebrate this faith which we hold so dear to our hearts – that, one day, we too shall be lifted up from this vale of tears, so that we may also be in union with the Most Blessed Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – together with our Blessed Mother and all the saints.

What an awesome wonder the angels in Heaven must enjoy! What an awesome privilege for all those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith, including our loved ones who have left this life in God’s eternal friendship, for they have been gifted with standing next to the angelic hosts – being able to behold and forever enjoy the Beatific Vision, the Holy Wonder of God Himself!

One of the early Fathers of our Church, Saint Cyprian, put it this way in his letter to the Ephesians, “How great will your glory and happiness be, to be allowed to see God, to be honored with sharing the joy of salvation and eternal light with Christ your Lord and God…to delight in the joy of immortality in the Kingdom of Heaven with the righteous and God’s friends.”

And this is the faith we live, the Creed which we profess when we pray “We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.”

But we also know that this is a gift given to those who LIVE the life of faith which we profess. It is one thing to say we are Christian; it is something entirely different to BE Christian!

Faith is a gift freely given by God to those He wills, and living that faith in a culture which tends to disparage and belittle what we believe oftentimes requires courage. Living our faith also requires a willingness on our part to open our hearts to what God is asking of us, and also to be willing to accept the ridicule and persecution we may face in a world which is becoming more and more hostile to Christianity.

In all that our Lord taught, He showed us that the way to true happiness lies in living and being caught up in His Love. This means placing God first in our lives, and accepting whatever trials that may come our way as blessings. For it is these crosses which we bear from time to time which help make us a better people, a holier people, a people purified and pleasing in the sight of Almighty God.

Remember, Jesus once said “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” It is in this free will acceptance of all that our Lord has taught us, and is now asking of us, which helps us in our growing relationship with our Creator and Savior.

For God’s faithful, it becomes an interior desire to be a more virtuous, a more loving, a holier people which enables us to be a truly happier people, a people who are at peace within the embrace of God’s Love.

At the end of each day, it is most fitting that we make an examination of conscience, asking ourselves if we have said and done everything out of love freely given – that we have observed all that the Spirit of Truth has taught us through the Sacred Scriptures and His Holy Church.

And after we have taken stock of our day’s activities, if we find we have come up short in some way by something we thought, said or had done, or something we failed to do, then we need to ask God’s forgiveness and make a firm resolve, a firm purpose of amendment to do better tomorrow.

For this brings to mind an expression which I am sure many of us have heard and about which I have written in others meditations, “Tomorrow morning is never promised.” For each of us knows that the day will come, like “a thief in the night”, when we will have no more tomorrows, and we must stand accountable for the life we have lived in thought, word and deed.

It is God’s desire to lose no one. It is His desire that we always place Him first in our hearts. And yet, there will be those days in which we will feel out of sorts and we will feel that God is far from us – days in which we shall feel overcome with anxiety, sadness, depression – even, what I sometimes refer to as, waves of grief – and none of us are exempt from these feelings.

But it is at these times when each of us feels at our lowest, when the circumstances of life seem to overwhelm us, when we need to reach out to God remembering the words of Saint Paul which we read today, “May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones, and what is the surpassing greatness of his power for us who believe.”

In other words, what marvelous glory awaits each of us when we remember – even in the midst of our individual sadnesses, in the midst of our trials and tribulations in this valley of tears – to reach out to the Divine Love who wishes to console us in this life, and who will, one day in His unfathomable Mercy, embrace us for all eternity and wipe away every tear.

Our Lord’s last words to His Apostles in Matthew’s Gospel were, “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

Let us always, in good days and bad, embrace and live the faith with which God has filled our hearts. And then we, too, when it is our time to be called, will find ourselves rising through the Power, Love and Mercy of Jesus Christ. We will find ourselves rising in the wonder and awe of our own ascension into His Heavenly Kingdom!

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

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Scripture for the Day

  • “[Jesus] said to them, ‘Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.’(Mark 16:15-16)
  • (Mark 16:19)
  • “…as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.” (Acts 1:9)
  • “…that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17-19)
  • “Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5)
  • “Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4)
  • “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24b)
  • “May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones, and what is the surpassing greatness of his power for us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:18-19a)
  • “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)
  • “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b)

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Prayer for the Day

“God our Father,
make us joyful in the Ascension of Your Son, Jesus Christ.
May we follow Him into the new creation,
for His Ascension is our glory and our hope.

“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.”

cf. Solemnity of the Ascension (Roman Breviary)

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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“God of indescribable Love and limitless Mercy, may all Your children feel their intimate companionship with You in this most wondrous gift of faith which we embrace, always choosing to follow Your will for us in our daily lives, even bearing our individual crosses out of love for You;

– and may others always see the Risen Christ in each of us through our words and our deeds, so that we may one day come to know the Eternal Love, Peace and Joy which fills Your Heavenly Kingdom, as we cling to the blessed hope of becoming co-heirs with You forever. We humbly pray this in Jesus’ Most Holy Name. Amen.”

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

May 13 ~ Seek Light and Strength

Theme:  Meditate Upon My Passion

“When the confessor started talking to me, I did not understand a single word. Then I saw Jesus crucified and He said to me, ‘It is in my Passion that you must seek light and strength.’(Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 654a)

My prayer response with Saint Faustina:

“After the confession, I meditated on Jesus’ terrible Passion, and I understood that what I was suffering was nothing compared to the Savior’s Passion, and that even the smallest imperfection was the cause of this terrible suffering. Then my soul was filled with very great contrition, and only then I sensed that I was in the sea of the unfathomable mercy of God. Oh, how few words I have to express what I am experiencing! I feel I am like a drop of dew engulfed in the depths of the bottomless ocean of divine mercy.” (Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 654b)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

May 13 ~ Love Casts Out Fear

Theme:  Love

“I beg You for only one thing: to make my heart capable of loving You.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 587)

“Love casts out fear. Since I came to love God with my whole being and with all the strength of my heart, fear has left me. Even if I were to hear the most terrifying things about God’s justice, I would not fear Him at all, because I have come to know Him well. God is love, and His Spirit is peace. I see now that my deeds which have flowed from love are more perfect than those which I have done out of fear. I have placed my trust in God and fear nothing. I have given myself over to His holy will.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 589)

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