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 Holy, Eternal and Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, please help us to live our Christian lives in a way which is most pleasing to Your Divine will for us;

– as we continue our daily pilgrimage through life, may we seek Your Divine Presence each and every day of our lives with truly humbled and contrite hearts, but also with great joy and an expectant hope in the future which awaits each of us, always in Jesus’ Most Holy Name. Amen.”

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

Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 24

For the Christian Who Truly Lives His or Her Faith, We Know That There Is a Great Joy Which Awaits Each of Us.

We read in today’s Gospel, “Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.”

We are only seven days away from Pentecost, an event which ushered in the beginning of Christ’s Church, an event which removed the timidity of the Apostles and filled them with a new resolve, a new courage in proclaiming the wonders of this new Way of life, this new and wonderful awareness of the Love and Mercy which is God’s – all in the Name of Jesus Christ!

In today’s Gospel, we are privileged to be in the presence of the Divine Son and listen to His personal conversation He is having with His Eternal Father – a conversation which reveals the intimacy of the Love which has existed from all eternity between the first two Persons of the Blessed Trinity –

“Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with you before the world began.”

At the same time, it is a prayer asking His Father to keep safe those whom Jesus chose as His own, for whoever belongs to the Son belongs to the Father.

In the same way, our Lord’s words speak to each of us – for if we also belong to the Lord, we also belong to the Father, and it is Jesus who, having entered the eternal sanctuary of Heaven once and for all, intercedes constantly for us as our Mediator.

His Ascension into Heaven set into motion a series of events which will continue and not reach its fulfillment unto His Glorious Second Coming – the establishment of His Church here on Earth, and a deeper and more profound awareness of the sacramental nature of His Church, and of our relationship to the Church as members of the Body of Christ.

God also constantly calls out to each of us to fulfill our vocation in life, living out the charisms with which we are blessed – all as a result of the permanent outpouring of the Holy Spirit, filling us with the graces we need to live our lives in conformity with God’s will.

But in the conversation Jesus is having with His Father, He knows only too well that our life here, on this side of Heaven, will not be without its trials and difficulties, “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me…”

The Apostles were aware of the trials which awaited them when they left Mount Olivet after our Lord’s Ascension, for Jesus had said to them, “And behold I am sending the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

And He also warned them earlier, “They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God.”

For their mutual safety, we find in our First Reading today that, after Jesus had ascended to His Father in Heaven, the Apostles, together with our Blessed Mother and some of the other brethren, gathered together in the Upper Room, the place where Jesus had celebrated with them the Last Supper. And, as Scripture tells us, they “devoted themselves with one accord to prayer.”

This moment had to be bittersweet for them. They had been with the Risen Lord for forty days, and now He was gone from their sight. In their hearts, I am sure many of them felt alone. Yet, they had His promise that the Advocate would come and fill their hearts with an understanding of all that Jesus had taught them.

For this, they could only wait and pray and trust.

And in our Responsorial, the psalmist is echoing words of trust in God in times of distress and anxiety, possibly one of the psalms the Apostles themselves may have been praying: “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom do I fear? The LORD is my life’s refuge; of whom am I afraid?”

In our Second Reading, we find this same theme of trusting in God, despite whatever difficulties we may find ourselves facing. Peter is bolstering the faith of those who, some Biblical scholars believe, are undergoing some form of persecution, for he is telling them not to despair in the midst of their sufferings, for Peter writes, “But rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed you may also rejoice exultantly.”

In the lives which you and I live today, in the midst of a culture which shows disdain towards anyone who actively supports the moral truths of Christianity, in the midst of all those who are attempting to rewrite the Natural Law in their image, and in the midst of the materialistic seductions which seem to permeate almost every fabric of life, it is only normal that we face disappointments, discouragements and set-backs.

Yet, in today’s Gospel, we hear what is called the “High Priestly Prayer of Jesus”, as He is praying a prayer of intercession with words which are directly addressed to His Father, a prayer of petition for the needs of His disciples both then and in the future – that both they and each of us shall be kept safe.

And our Lord reminded us in the Gospel last Sunday, “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”

For us, however, just as for the disciples during the days that Jesus died and rose from the dead, just as for the Christians of the early Church, despair is only a temporary condition for the Christian who has faith, for we know that, after all things are said and done, and for those who live their faith, for those who truly “walk the talk” – there is a great joy which awaits each of us!

Remember Peter’s words, “Rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed you may also rejoice exultantly.”

And it is this glory to which each of us, both you and I, look forward. It is our faith which teaches us that, in God’s time, for all of us who have been marked with the sign of faith, we will be reunited with all of our loved ones who have gone before us and have left this life in God’s friendship – for God is Love, and His Kingdom is filled with His Love.

For those of us who suffer due to debilitating illnesses and who live our faith with our hearts – in God’s time, there will be no more suffering, no more tears.

For those of us who live with loneliness, day in and day out, due to whatever circumstances in life may have caused it,  know that God’s Love will fill our hearts with a joy and a beauty which the human mind cannot even imagine.

For as our Lord reminds both you and me today, “Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.”

And we have God’s Spirit within us who will guide us to the fulfillment of all of His promises. We only need to imitate the faith of our Blessed Mother and the Apostles in that Upper Room – where they, too, waited and prayed and trusted – just as you and I are each called to do in our own daily lives.

In the end, the eternal reward for our perseverance in our faith is truly beyond all description or human understanding!

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

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Scripture for the Day

  • “Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” (John 17:3)
  • “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them.” (John 17:9-10)
  • “They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God.” (John 16:2)
  • “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The LORD is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)
  • “But rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed you may also rejoice exultantly.” (1 Peter 4:13)
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  • “[The LORD] will be with you and will never fail you or forsake you. So do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8b)
  • “Those who honor your name trust in you; you never forsake those who seek you, LORD.” (Psalm 9:10)
  • “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18)
  • “What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9b)
  • “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.” (John 14:1)

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Prayer for the Day

“O Lord, we ask for a boundless confidence
and trust in Your Divine Mercy,
and the courage to accept the crosses and sufferings
which bring immense goodness
to our souls and that of Your Church.

“Help us to love You with a pure and contrite heart,
and to humble ourselves beneath Your Cross,
as we climb the mountain of holiness,
carrying our cross that leads to Heavenly glory.

“May we receive You with great faith
and love in Holy Communion,
and allow You to act in us,
as You desire, for Your greater glory.

“O Jesus, most adorable Heart
and Eternal Fountain of Divine Love,
may our prayer find favor before
the Divine Majesty of Your Heavenly Father. Amen.”

Saint Padre Pio

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 always and humbly pray this in Your Most Holy Name. Amen.”

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

May 21 ~ Unite Yourself with Me

Theme:  Eucharist

“Once, I desired very much to receive Holy Communion, but I had a certain doubt, and I did not go. I suffered greatly because of this. It seemed to me that my heart would burst from the pain. When I set about my work, my heart full of bitterness, Jesus suddenly stood by me and said,

‘My daughter, do not omit Holy Communion unless you know well that your fall was serious; apart from this, no doubt must stop you from uniting yourself with Me in the mystery of My love. Your minor faults will disappear in My love like a piece of straw thrown into a great furnace. Know that you grieve Me much when you fail to receive Me in Holy Communion.’(Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 156)

My prayer response:

Lord Jesus, may my minor faults disappear in the fire of Your unfathomable Love when I receive You in Holy Communion. In no way do I desire to grieve You. (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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