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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“Eternal and Most Loving Father, You have given to us the example of true discipleship by the lives of many holy men and women throughout the ages, including the Apostles, Saint Simon and Saint Jude, whom we honor in a special way today;

– as members of the Body of Christ, may we truly embrace our baptismal calling by living our lives faithfully and selflessly, always being of service to the needs of one another. For in this way, we truly become the extension of Christ, Himself, in our individual walks of faith. We humbly pray this in Jesus’ Most Holy Name. Amen.”

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

October 28 ~ Great Pain for Sin

Theme:  Suffering for Souls

“Once the Lord said to me, ‘My Heart was moved by great mercy towards you, My dearest child, when I saw you torn to shreds because of the great pain you suffered in repenting your sins.’(Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 282a)

(To be continued)

My prayer response:

Lord Jesus, You promised to Saint Faustina that the sinner has the greatest right to Your Mercy. Have mercy, Lord, upon all who strive to repent and reform. (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

October 28 ~ One Single Flame of Gratitude

Theme:  Thanksgiving

“I shall steep myself in a prayer of thanksgiving. In this way I want to repay, at least in some small way, for the immensity of God’s blessings.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 1367b)

“My soul became thoroughly immersed in God, and there issued from my whole being but one single flame of gratitude and thanksgiving to God.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 1369)

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Meditation for the Day

Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles, October 28

Let Us Ask Our Lord to Fill Us with That Strength of Faith Which Only His Spirit of Truth Can Give, So That We May Give Selflessly of Ourselves through the Life We Live and the Wonders of This Faith We Express.

“You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God.”

In our First Reading today, Paul speaks to us about the fact that, in Jesus Christ – whether we are apostle or disciple, plumber or bricklayer, doctor or lawyer, clergy, religious or layperson – we are all one, sharing in a common journey – the destination of which is Heaven, the object of our desire which is eternal life.

No matter who we are or what our role in life may be, we know only too well that this common journey in which we share is oftentimes fraught with obstacles and difficulties.

I do not believe that there is a single one of us above the age of reason who has not carried his or her share of crosses in this life at one time or another. Some of these crosses which you and I bear or have borne have been light, while others have seemed extremely heavy, almost to the point of being unbearable.

And I am sure that there have been times in the life of each of us when we have had doubts, wondering why God allows certain things to happen to ourselves or to others. And it is not uncommon for us to ask, in the midst of our suffering, “Does God really hear me? Does He really care?”

What these questions make us is not a people who are weak of faith. Rather, what they make us is human, just as human and just as vulnerable as the Apostles were, during and after the days in which Christ walked amongst His own children.

Today is the Feastday of two of the original Twelve Apostles selected by our Lord, Saints Simon and Jude. And both saints are honored together for it is believed that, after the destruction of Jerusalem, both Simon and Jude traveled together throughout the regions of Mesopotamia, Libya and Persia – preaching and converting many people to Christianity until their martyrdom.

Just as we find with the other Apostles, we see in Simon and Jude men who are completely human, with their own weaknesses and human faults. And in spite of their mistakes and human flaws, Jesus never abandoned them. Even though they all abandoned our Lord when He suffered His Passion, our Lord did not condemn them; He did not chastise them for their human failings.

Instead, our Lord would appear to them after His Resurrection and give them His Peace. In spite of their weaknesses, Jesus loved them, supported them and made them the foundational stones of His new Church.

And it is in their weaknesses, it is in their doubts and their faults that we are able to see ourselves – for we find our own humanity. It is within the lives of these special Twelve, recognizing our own weak human nature, that we can take hope, knowing that no matter how dark life may seem for us at times, our Lord is always there filling us with His Love, asking that we open the eyes of our hearts and souls to the gift of faith and peace which He wishes to share with each one of us.

With the faith which we bear and to which we profess, even amidst our own human frailties, we can look to the lives of these specially chosen men who were called by our Lord. We not only see them as the pillars of our Church, we also see that each of us shares in the same humanity as brothers and sisters – for we are all one in the Body of Christ – and, as Saint Paul tells us, “…with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.”

Let us fill our hearts with the confidence of always reaching out to our Lord, both in good times and bad. Let us ask our Lord to fill us with that strength of faith which only His Spirit of Truth can give, so that we, too, in imitation of Saints Simon and Jude, may give selflessly of ourselves through the life we live and the wonders of this faith we express –

– so that we, too, like the Apostles, may respond to God’s grace and become instrumental in helping to build up the Body of Christ here on this side of Heaven.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “…you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.” (Ephesians 2:19-20)
  • “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – Jews or Greeks, slaves or free – and all were made to drink of one Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:12-13)
  • “And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the extent of the full stature of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-13)
  • “Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.” (Matthew 5:11-12a)
  • “…power is made perfect in weakness. I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9b-10)
  • “The heavens declare the glory of God; the firmament proclaims the works of his hands. Day unto day pours forth speech; night unto night whispers knowledge…A report goes forth through all the earth, their messages, to the ends of the world.” (Psalm 19:2-3, 5a)
  • “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain…” (John 15:16a)
  • “I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6b)
  • “Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.” (Matthew 10:8bc)

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Prayer for the Day

“Eternal Father in Heaven,
Ever-living Source of all that is good,
keep me faithful in serving You.

“Help me to drink of Christ’s Truth,
and fill my heart with His Love,
so that I may serve You in faith and love
and one day reach eternal life.

“In the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist,
You give me the joy of sharing in Your Life.

“Keep me in Your Presence; guide me in imitating
the holiness and life of selflessness shown to us
by Your Apostles and disciples in the early Church.

“Let me never be separated from You
and help me to embrace Your will always. Amen.”

Anonymous

Saints of the Day ~ October 28

SAINT SIMON (?-1st century), Apostle and martyr – Patron saint of curriers and tanners
SAINT JUDE (?-1st century), Apostle and martyr – Patron saint of hospitals, hospital workers and impossible causes

Today, the universal Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Simon and Saint Jude, members of the original Twelve chosen by our Lord, whose names occur together in the Canon of the Mass and are also celebrated on the same day.

Saint Simon was surnamed the Zealot, possibly due to his rigid adherence to both the Jewish and Canaanite laws. Western tradition also states that he preached in Egypt and then went to Persia and surrounding areas with Saint Jude, where it is believed by many scholars that Saint Simon suffered martyrdom.

Saint Jude, known as Thaddeus, is believed by some researchers to be the brother of St. James the Lesser, and a relative of Jesus. He is introduced in the Gospel of Luke as “Judas, the son of James” (Luke 6:16a). Evidently because of the disgrace of that name, due to the betrayal by Judas Iscariot, his name was shortened to “Jude” in English.

And in Saint John’s Gospel, it is Jude who asks a question of Jesus at the Last Supper, “Master, then what happened that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” (John 14:22b). And even though there is an Epistle written by Jude, many Biblical scholars do not believe that Saint Jude the Apostle was its author. And tradition states that Saint Jude was bludgeoned to death with a club while preaching and witnessing to the true faith in Persia.

Today, we honor Saint Jude as the patron of desperate situations and impossible or forgotten causes. He is also the patron saint of hospital workers and hospitals. He is represented as a bearded man holding an oar, a boat hook, a club, an axe or a book. And nearly every image of him depicts him wearing a medallion with a profile of Jesus. He is also depicted as having the flame of the Holy Spirit above his head.

As we find with the written accounts of the lives of many of the Apostles, we are faced today with men whose lives are, for the most part, basically unknown to us, except for pieces of information which have been handed down through the centuries and have become a part of oral and written traditions. In the end, we are faced with the fact that their holiness is simply taken to be a gift of Christ – holy and dedicated men who brought the Gospel message to the world at the risk of even their own lives.

We commemorate their joint Feastday on October 28.

(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 Saints Simon and Jude)

“Father, You revealed Yourself to us through the preaching of Your holy Apostles, Simon and Jude. By their prayers, give Your Church continued growth and increase the number of those who believe in You.

“Grant 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 God, Most Merciful and Eternal Father, in Your Divine Love and Providence with which You guide Your creation, You have made us in Your image and likeness, so that we may have a share in Your Divinity in Your Eternal Kingdom;

– as we continue our journey through life here on Earth, please fill us with Your Spirit, so that we may joyfully choose to become disciples and followers of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and may we always offer to You our entire being for Your greater honor and glory. In this way, the Kingdom of God shall truly be manifested within our hearts, as we selflessly and unconditionally reach out to others with love. We humbly pray this request through Christ our Lord. Amen.”

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

October 27 ~ Come to Love Suffering

Theme:  Suffering for Souls

(Continued)

“True love of God consists in carrying out God’s will. To show God our love in what we do, all our actions, even the least, must spring from our love of God. And the Lord said to me…

‘…I want you to detach yourself, not only from creatures, but also from yourself. My daughter, I want to delight in the love of your heart, a pure love, virginal, unblemished, untarnished. The more you will come to love suffering, My daughter, the purer your love for Me will be.’(Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 279b)

My prayer response:

Lord Jesus, only with Your Love can I come to love suffering. Love me that I may love and carry my cross daily. Help us all to be Your disciples as You taught us, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

October 27 ~ Thanks for the Majesty of God

Theme:  Thanksgiving

“…thank You, Jesus, for everything, because it is not the greatness of the works, but the greatness of the effort that will be rewarded. What is done out of love is not small, O my Jesus, for Your eyes see everything.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 1310)

“I want to plunge myself in thanksgiving before the Majesty of God and to continue in this prayer of thanksgiving for seven days and seven nights; and although I will outwardly carry out all my duties, my spirit will nonetheless stand continually before the Lord, and all my exercises will be imbued with the spirit of thanksgiving.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 1367a)

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Meditation for the Day

Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time, October 27

May Our Own Spiritual Transformation Bring Each of Us to a Christ-like Holiness, Whereby Our Lives Are Lived Selflessly for God’s Greater Honor and Glory, so that His Kingdom Here on Earth May Also Begin As the Smallest of Seeds in All Those Whom Our Lives May Touch.

Jesus asks us in today’s Gospel, “What is the Kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it?”

And, today, we hear about a mustard seed. What is it about this seed that attracts our imagination? And what can mustard seeds and leaven teach us about the Kingdom of God?

The tiny mustard seed literally grew to be a tree which attracted numerous birds because they loved the little black mustard seed it produced. God’s Kingdom works in a similar fashion. It starts from the smallest beginnings in the hearts of men and women who are opened to and receptive of God’s Word. And His Kingdom works unseen and causes a transformation from within.

Leaven is another powerful agent of change. A lump of dough left to itself remains just that, a lump of dough. But when the leaven, or yeast, is added to it, a transformation takes place which produces, when heated, rich and wholesome bread – the staple of life for each of us.

Just as flour and water is transformed through the action of yeast, so too does the Kingdom of God produce a transformation in those who receive the new life which Jesus Christ offers. When we open our hearts with a welcoming warmth and yield to the invitation which our Lord offers us, our lives become transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.

And this union between ourselves and the Holy Spirit can be likened to the special relationship which Saint Paul describes in our First Reading today – the relationship which exists between Christ and His Church, and the relationship which husbands and wives are called upon to have with each other.

And this special relationship with God and His Kingdom, which begins here within each of us, on this side of the eternal, is ultimately brought to its final completion, is brought to its ultimate fulfillment in the Kingdom of God in Heaven – that final place of rest in which all our hopes and dreams are wonderfully realized and fulfilled.

It is the seedling of faith planted within us and nurtured through Word and Sacrament; it is the very Presence of God Himself within our hearts and souls – which strengthens us during the many trials and tribulations which we face throughout our lifetime. It is our experience and knowledge of His Love which brings each of us into an ever greater realization and a growing awareness that God’s Kingdom begins here and now within you and me.

And it is this faith in our God which gives us hope! – a hope which sustains us, a hope which reminds us of the unfathomable nature of God’s Love for us, and the oneness of relationship He wishes to have with each of His children. For Paul reminds us in our First Reading that the relationship which God has with His Bride, the Church, is the same relationship which a husband and wife are to have with each other – a love which is unconditional and total in its giving!

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the Church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.”

And then he goes on to say, “This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the church. In any case, each one of you should love his wife as himself, and the wife should respect her husband.”

And the virtue of unconditional love is the doorway to the Kingdom of God, and is only attainable by placing all our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strengths, but on the help and guidance given to us through the grace of the Holy Spirit.

When our hearts are open, when we are truly receptive to all that our faith teaches us, we then become transformed by God’s Spirit of Truth and Love – who guides us into an ever closer and more intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

May our own transformation bring each of us to a Christ-like holiness, whereby our lives are lived selflessly in our relationships with one another for God’s greater honor and glory –

– so that His Kingdom here on Earth may also begin as the smallest of seeds in the hearts and souls of all those whom our lives may touch.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “Then [Jesus] said, ‘What is the kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a person took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.’(Luke 13:18-19)
  • “Again he said, ‘To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed (in) with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened.’(Luke 13:20-21)
  • “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7)
  • “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” (1 Peter 4:10)
  • “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the Church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:25-27)
  • “This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the church. In any case, each one of you should love his wife as himself, and the wife should respect her husband.” (Ephesians 5:32-33)
  • “Blessed are all who fear the LORD, and who walk in his ways. What your hands provide you will enjoy; you will be blessed and prosper.” (Psalm 128:1-2)
  • “But as it is written, ‘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,’ this God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10; cf. Isaiah 64:3b)
  • I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Blessed are they who wash their robes so as to have the right to the tree of life and enter the city through its gates.” (Revelation 22:12-14)

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Prayer for the Day

“Most Merciful and Heavenly Father,
holiness seems so far away, a mirage in the desert.
My sins keep slapping me in the face and taunting me.
I am like a clown with a bright face and a sad heart.

“Take the stain of sin from me and help me to join You on Calvary.
Help me to look at You and see only You hanging –
hanging in Love, suspended in Love, bleeding for Love.
With that vision, the rest of life pales and my sin is gone.

“My sin is gone from sight, superseded by Your free gift of Divine Love.
Thank You for the gift of freedom from sin by Your sacrifice.
Thank you for the gift of cleansing-grace from Your Mercy
of which I do not avail myself nearly often enough.

“Help me to cast my sin upon You, that I may grow in holiness.
Plant the seed of faith in my heart and soul and walk with me through life,
teaching me, guiding me, supporting me with Your Love.
All this I ask, for You are my Father, and I am Your child. Amen.”

Anonymous