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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“Almighty and Most Merciful Father, may Your Holy Spirit teach us to embrace Your will and trust unwaveringly in Your providential Love for us as Your children each and every day of our lives;

– and may Your Holy Wisdom guide and strengthen us always to embrace Your Divine Truth in our individual walks of faith – that our Lord Jesus is our only Way to eternal peace and happiness, the Eternal Light who shall lead us to a life of everlasting and unending Love, all through Christ our Lord. Amen.”

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

October 14 ~ Only a Single Drop

Theme:  Writing the Diary

“My secretary, write that I am more generous toward sinners than toward the just. It was for their sake that I came down from heaven; it was for their sake that My Blood was spilled. Let them not fear to approach Me; they are most in need of My mercy.” (Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 1275)

“During Holy Hour in the evening, I heard the words, ‘You see My mercy for sinners, which at this moment is revealing itself in all its power. See how little you have written about it; it is only a single drop. Do what is in your power, so that sinners may come to know My goodness.’(Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 1665)

My prayer response:

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your exceptional love for sinners. May each of us take full advantage of Your Divine Mercy which You described to Saint Faustina. May we always come to know Your goodness for us. (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

October 14 ~ Rejoicing in Him

Theme:  Happiness, Joy, Delight, Rejoice

“I have discovered a fountain of happiness in my soul, and it is God. O my God, I see that everything that surrounds me is filled with God, and most of all my own soul, which is adorned with the grace of God.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 887)

“I am coming to know God’s greatness more and more and to rejoice in Him. I remain unceasingly with Him in the depths of my heart. It is in my own soul that I most easily find God.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 903)

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Meditation for the Day

Thursday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time, October 14

May God Give to Each of Us the Wisdom and Understanding to Know and Follow His Will in Our Life, Enabling Us to Have the Courage to Live our Individual Walks of Faith Accordingly.

We hear a phrase in today’s First Reading which has caused much confusion between Christians of different faith persuasions over the centuries, when Paul writes, “For we consider that a person is justified by faith apart from works of the law.”

This issue has been around for centuries – faith vs. good works. Saint James, in his Epistle, speaks of good works; Saint Paul is speaking today of faith. The answer to this quandary lies in understanding the mind of Paul and the Christian community in Rome to whom he was writing.

The antiphon to today’s Responsorial Psalm reminds us of what our faith has been teaching us since we were small children – that we are saved through the gracious Mercy of God, “With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.”

And Saint Paul, in his Letter to the Romans, tells us today that not by our own doing do we gain salvation, but rather by “…the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ…”

Yet, Paul draws a distinction between obeying the “law” as it were, and being filled with faith in the One who saves. Blindly obeying the letter of the law, and boasting of one’s faithfulness to its letter, was the downfall of many of the Jewish leaders, as well as the scribes and Pharisee’s of Jesus’ day.

When one fails to open his or her heart and embrace the true meaning behind what God has set before us – what He is asking of us – then our actions become as a barrier to God’s gift of salvation. As Paul writes, “What occasion is there then for boasting?  It is ruled out. On what principle, that of works? No, rather on the principle of faith”

And sadly, this is where the leaders of the Jewish people failed. They not only lost sight of their own faith and the Divine Truth which stood before them, but also through their own blindness – together with their pride and jealousy – they caused many others to be led astray.

As Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel, “Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.”

As faithful followers of Jesus Christ, we ourselves have nothing to boast about, for there is nothing that we can do ourselves that will guarantee our own salvation. What counts before God is accepting all that His Divine Son has freely done for us, and trusting unreservedly in the salvation which He has earned for each and every one of us through His Passion and Death on the Cross.

Saint Paul makes the salvific action of Jesus Christ very clear in our First Reading today, when he writes, “…there is no distinction; all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God. They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as an expiation, through faith, by his Blood…”

In our journey through life and in the faith which we profess, are you and I able to open the eyes and the ears of our hearts and souls to that which is miraculous, but unseen – to that which is Divine, but invisible to the mind and the eye?

Faith is a most wondrous gift, freely given by God to those whom He chooses. But how we respond to that gift is determined by our use of the gift of free will. We can either choose to turn our backs on God’s gift of faith, or we can choose to pick it up, unwrap this most precious gift and embrace it for all its worth!

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that faith is a theological virtue by which we not only believe in God, but that we also believe all that He has said and revealed to us. Being open to the gift of faith allows us to experience, in a very unique way, the unfathomable Love which God has for each of His children.

As followers, as disciples of Jesus Christ, we are each called to give witness to our faith. We are each called to recognize Jesus in all those whom we meet; we are each called to imitate Jesus to each other. And we are each called to embrace and live all of His Truth, not just those elements we like or which we find agreeable.

For this is what it means to truly believe! This is what it means to truly love! This is what it means to truly be holy and to prayerfully enjoy the reward which awaits each of us!

As we grow and mature, we begin to realize that the greatest things in life are truly gifts, not achievements of our own – the life we have been given, our eternal soul which is a part of us, the love we feel and live in our hearts, and the faith which we profess.

Our Lord and Savior is truly the “Wisdom of God” and Source of everlasting life. Only the humble of heart – those who thirst for God and acknowledge His Word as true – can truly understand and accept the Truth which our faith teaches us.

May the Truth of Jesus Christ take root within our hearts and transform each of our thoughts and actions. And may God give to each of us the wisdom and understanding to know and follow His will in our life, enabling us to have the courage to live our individual walks of faith accordingly.

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Scripture for the Day

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Prayer for the Day

“Lord Jesus Christ, Most Merciful Savior,
You are the sure and certain Foundation
and Source of life and strength for us, Your children.

“Please grant me the wisdom and grace
to live each day of my life according to Your Truth
and in conformity with Your Divine will.

“Strengthen me so that I may reject every lie and falsehood
which I may find in the seductions of today’s world.
Grant me the grace to actively live Your Word daily,
and not just become a passive listener only.

“This I humbly ask out of love and faith in Your Most Holy Name,
You who live and reign with our Heavenly Father
and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

Anonymous

Saint of the Day ~ October 14

SAINT CALLISTUS I (2nd century-222), pope and martyr
Patron saint of cemetery workers

Today, the Church honors Saint Callistus I, a slave in an imperial Roman household who became the 15th successor to Saint Peter as the Vicar of Christ.

Callistus grew up as a Christian slave. He was entrusted with taking care of his master’s banking business; but when the money was lost, Callistus was falsely accused of stealing. He attempted to flee, but, when discovered, was sentenced to serve in the mines of Sardinia.

Callistus, together with a number of other Christians, was later ransomed from the mines, thereby becoming a free man. Due to his knowledge of business, Callistus was introduced to Pope Zephyrinus, who put him in charge of the Roman public burial grounds (which are today still called the Cemetery of Saint Callistus). In addition, the pope ordained Callistus as archdeacon, assisting the pope in the business of the Church.

Upon the death of Pope Zephyrinus on December 20, 217, Callistus was chosen as his successor, whose papacy was anything but peaceful. Hippolytus, a well-educated Roman theologian, accused Pope Callistus of sympathizing with heretics, and resented the new pope’s clarification that even the most serious sins could be absolved after sincere confession.

Pope Callistus’ assertion of Divine Mercy also scandalized Tertullian, a Church writer who was already in schism from the Church in Carthage, who erroneously believed that certain sins were too serious to be forgiven.

The pope could not persuade Hippolytus, Tertullian or others of the merciful nature of God’s Love or of his own rightful authority as pope of the Church, for Hippolytus broke from the Church of Rome and became an antipope.

Pope Callistus I was martyred during a local disturbance in Trastevere, an area within Rome, on what is believed to be October 14, 222, and his name is listed in the earliest martyrology of the Church. His remains are interred in the “Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere”.

We commemorate his feastday on October 14.

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

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PRAYER

(The following prayer is from the Roman Breviary from the Proper for Saint Callistus)

“God of mercy, hear the prayers of Your people that we may be helped by Saint Callistus, whose martyrdom we celebrate with joy.

“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 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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“Almighty and Most Merciful Father, may Your Holy Spirit teach us to open our hearts to the wonders of Your Love for us, as we continue to grow in our faith in our daily journey through life;

– and may Your Love transform us interiorly so that we may always focus on what it truly means to be childlike of heart, always being opened to the marvels of the eternal gift which await Your faithful children in the life to come. We humbly pray this in Jesus’ Most Holy Name. Amen.”

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

October 12 ~ Underlining Jesus’ Words

Theme:  Writing the Diary

“When I set to work at underlining the Lord’s words and thus was going through everything in sequence, I reached the page where I had marked down Father Andrasz’s advice and directions. I did not know what to do, to underline or not to underline, and then I heard these words in my soul:

‘Underline, because these words are Mine; I have borrowed the lips of the friend of My Heart in order to speak to you and reassure you. You are to observe these directions until your death. It would not please Me at all if you were to disobey these directions. Know that it is I who have placed him between Myself and your soul. I am doing this to set you at peace and so that you may not err.’(Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 967)

My prayer response:

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for inspiring and guiding Father Andrasz to have Saint Faustina underline Your words in her Diary. Underlining them, now printing them in boldface, made it easier to gather Your words in this daily devotional – all for our spiritual benefit. (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

October 12 ~ No Greater Joy

Theme:  Happiness, Joy, Delight, Rejoice

“Oh, what great happiness fills my heart from knowing God and the divine life! It is my desire to share this happiness with all people. I cannot keep this happiness locked in my own heart alone, for His flames burn me and cause my bosom and my entrails to burst asunder.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 491)

“No greater joy is to be found than that of loving God.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 507a)

“Already here on earth we can taste the happiness of those in heaven by an intimate union with God, a union that is extraordinary and often quite incomprehensible to us. One can attain this very grace through simple faithfulness of soul.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 507b)

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Meditation for the Day

Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time, October 12

May the Love of God Transform Us Interiorly, So That We May Be Childlike in Our Walk of Faith, Always Opened to the Wonders of God’s Love, Always Opened to the Marvels of the Eternal Gift Which Await Each of Us in the Life to Come.

We read in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans today, “The one who is righteous by faith will live.” – words which guide us in reflecting upon this gift of faith in Jesus Christ, and how we live this gift in our daily lives.

Today, when I look at my grandchildren growing up and the decisions they are making in life, I seem to find myself looking back on my own youth. And I suppose many of us do the same thing, seeing our children or grandchildren innocently living out their different lives and, as they grow older, fulfilling their individual dreams.

When our children begin to grow, and they begin to notice and realize that the carefree attitude they once enjoyed belongs to the past, their expectations begin to change, for they begin to realize and understand that what was once a world of fantasy has no place in the world of reality in which they begin to find themselves.

And the same can be said for our journey of faith. As children, we are much like the early Christian community in Rome, embracing a new idea, a new teaching which touched their minds and their hearts in a very special way.

And yet, Paul was also cautioning them not to give in to the idolatries and the worldly seductions which existed all around them. For there were many in the Roman culture who embraced every form of deviant pleasure.

Paul writes, “While claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the likeness of an image of mortal man or of birds or of four-legged animals or of snakes…They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and revered and worshiped the creature rather than the creator…”

The story of the early Roman Christians being instructed in the wonders of God’s Truth could very well be similar to what we experienced when we received our first lessons teaching us of the gift of faith which God freely gave to each of us. I am sure that we must have been just as wide-eyed with amazement and awe, as the early Christians were when they first learned about the wonders of God and the beauty of His Heavenly Kingdom and His promise of eternal life.

But time never slows down or waits for anyone. We all grow up, and, in most cases, our childhood is left behind, and the wonders and beauty of the faith we were taught and in which we were confirmed seem, for some, less important – for the attractions and enticements of the material world which surrounds us begin to drown out the voices of reason and faith within us.

The innocence of our youth begins to give way to the seductions of secularism and worldly pleasures. We no longer seem to be able to clearly hear the voice of God in our lives. And it was for this very reason that Paul warns his readers about the darkness that exists outside of their new faith; it was for this very reason that Christ rebuked the Pharisee in today’s Gospel.

“Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil.”

But, even in the midst of His rebuke, our Lord teaches each of us what we must do to once again hear the voice of the Eternal guiding us on our life’s journey, “Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside? But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you.”

In other words, what is truly within one’s heart speaks far more eloquently than the words we outwardly express, or the externals which we live. Our Lord, in today’s Gospel, was exposing the hypocrisy which filled the heart and soul of this Jewish leader. And through his hypocrisy, he was unable to truly understand and live what God asks of each of His children – compassion and love, mercy and understanding.

God sees into the heart of each and every one of us. We may no longer be like the innocent children we once were, but we do know what our faith teaches us, and we do know what God expects from both you and me.

Even Paul, in our First Reading, makes it clear that there are certain inherent truths which we possess, just by virtue of our being given the gift of life and human reason. To slightly paraphrase Paul’s words, we read “…what can be known about God is evident to [us] because God made it evident to [us]. Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made.”

By reason, we know that everything which exists has a distinct order to it. And, in addition to what we know by reason, we have been taught that the very essence of the faith which we profess is love – love of God and love of neighbor. And we have also come to know and understand that our God is a God of Love, and everything He does flows from His indescribable Love for you and me.

And it is the example of this unconditional Love which Christ has for each one of us which sets the model for the selfless love which we are called to live in our daily lives for one another.

When we read today’s Gospel, Jesus certainly isn’t telling us that washing our hands is a bad thing. Nor is he telling us that bodily cleanliness is not important. What He is impressing upon us, however, is that it is far more important to be concerned with what is on the inside – for how we live and act as a human being is guided by what truly fills the heart.

Do we, as faithful Christians, allow the Love of God to transform us interiorly? Or, when we look at ourselves in a mirror, do we find ourselves only concerned with the external, only concerned with what is on the outside for others to see?

Since God knows the state of our hearts better than even we, let us pray for the grace to be childlike in our walk of faith – innocent, pure and joyful, with a selfless love for each other, always opened to the wonders of God’s Love, always opened to the marvels of the eternal gift which await each of us in the life to come!

And may the love which fills our hearts for Jesus also fill us with a thirst for true holiness, guiding each of us in our efforts to be more Christ-like in all that we say and do – not only for the benefit of our own souls, but also for the benefit of all those whom God places in our lives. †

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Scripture for the Day

  • “[The Gospel] is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…For in it is revealed the righteousness of God from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The one who is righteous by faith will live.’” (Romans 1:16b, 17)
  • “While claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the likeness of an image of mortal man or of birds or of four-legged animals or of snakes…They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and revered and worshiped the creature rather than the creator…” (Romans 1:22-23, 25a)
  • “The Lord said to him, ‘Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil. You fools! Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside? But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you.’(Luke 11:39-41)
  • “God does not see as a mortal, who sees the appearance. The LORD looks into the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7bc)
  • “Sin directs the heart of the wicked man; his eyes are closed to the fear of God. For he lives with the delusion: his guilt will not be known and hated. Empty and false are the words of his mouth; he has ceased to be wise and good.” (Psalm 36:2-4)
  • “I, the LORD, explore the mind and test the heart, Giving to all according to their ways, according to the fruit of their deeds.” (Jeremiah 17:10)
  • “He searches out the abyss and penetrates the heart; their secrets he understands. For the Most High possesses all knowledge, and sees from of old the things that are to come.” (Sirach 42:18)
  • “Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. No creature is concealed from him, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account.” (Hebrews 4:12-13)
  • “So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.” (Hebrews 4:16)

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Prayer for the Day

“O Risen and Eternal Lord,
the Way, the Truth and the Life,
make us faithful followers
of the spirit of Your Resurrection.

“Grant that we may be inwardly renewed;
dying to ourselves, being born to new life in the Spirit,
in order that You may live in us
and guide us in our everyday walk of faith.

“May the faith we live and profess serve as a sign
of the transforming power of Your Love.
We humbly pray, use us as Your instruments
for the renewal of hearts, minds and souls.

“Send Your Spirit to enlighten and strengthen us,
so that we may bring the Good News
of Your Life and Love to all Your children,
as we faithfully serve the needs of the Body of Christ.

“This we ask of You, Lord Jesus,
You who live and reign with our Heavenly Father,
together with the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever. Amen.”

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