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

October 16 ~ Secretary of My Mercy

Theme:  Writing the Diary

‘Write down everything that occurs to you regarding My goodness.’ I answered, ‘What do You mean, Lord, what if I write too much?’ And the Lord replied, ‘My daughter, even if you were to speak at one and the same time in all human and angelic tongues, even then you would not have said very much, but on the contrary, you would have sung in only a small measure the praises of My goodness – of My unfathomable mercy.’

“O my Jesus, You Yourself must put words into my mouth, that I may praise You worthily.

‘My daughter, be at peace; do as I tell you. Your thoughts are united to My thoughts, so write whatever comes to your mind. You are the secretary of My mercy. I have chosen you for that office in this life and the next life.’(Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 1605)

My prayer response:

Praise You, Lord Jesus, for insisting to Saint Faustina that she could never write enough about Your unfathomable Mercy! Praise You, Jesus, for inspiring her! (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

October 16 ~ I am Pleasing to Him

Theme:  Happiness, Joy, Delight, Rejoice

“I do not know how to live without God, but I also feel that God, absolutely self-sufficient though He is, cannot be happy without me…” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 1120)

“There is no greater happiness than when God gives me to know interiorly that every beat of my heart is pleasing to Him, and when He shows me that He loves me in a special way.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 1121)

“What happiness it is to have the consciousness of God on one’s heart and to live in close intimacy with Him.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 1135)

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Meditation for the Day

Wednesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time, October 16

May God Grant Us the Wisdom and the Courage to Always Live a Faith-Filled Life, Giving Witness to God’s Will in Our Daily Lives Through All That We Say and Do, and the Virtuous Examples We Set for Others Whom Our Lives Touch.

“Only in God is my soul at rest; from him comes my salvation” – the first verse from today’s Responsorial Psalm, words which speak to us of faith and trust in a Merciful God.

As you and I journey through life, it is oftentimes very difficult to sit back and not become judgmental about the different things we see or hear, or even the events which we experience personally.

And we may even find ourselves, sometimes, too quick to give our opinions or advice about issues, albeit with good intentions, before thinking about the consequences or repercussions that our ideas may have on other people, even on those whom we love and hold dear.

Oftentimes, being critical, when done from an attitude of arrogance or pride, is lacking in charity. Oftentimes, rendering constructive criticism to others, when offered without humility, is lacking in Christian love, and can result in more harm than good.

I am sure that we have either heard or read about, from time to time, how many in our media and entertainment industries, who embrace political and moral liberalism, treat, in a very condescending and negative way, those who speak on behalf of Judeo-Christian principles of morality and human behavior.

In their aggressive attitude against those whom they hold with little or no respect, they end up hurting, even destroying the reputation of good people, all the result of a judgmental position against those who think or act differently.

Saint Paul reminds us today, in his Letter to the Romans, of how important it is to show charity and love in our dealings with other people. When we begin to criticize and disparage others, for whatever reason, then we set ourselves against the Love of God.

For Paul writes, “You, O man, are without excuse, every one of you who passes judgment. For by the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself…”

In other words, when one places him or herself in a position where he becomes condescending towards another, then he, who is called by Christ to profess the virtues of love, compassion and understanding as a Christian, has become a hypocrite by the very words he speaks.

And in today’s Gospel, Jesus was not “pulling any punches”; He was not diminishing His extreme displeasure when he berated the Pharisees for their hypocrisy. “Woe to you! You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.” For it was by their example that they would lead others astray, causing others to fall into sin.

When I was reflecting on today’s Scripture Readings, I began thinking about today’s youth and the different forms of entertainment made available to them. On the surface, much of it seems rather innocuous or inoffensive, but when we begin to view how some of it can affect our young people – through its lyrics or the content of various video games or immoral behavior on TV shows and movies – the effects can become quite different.

I am sure many of us have seen, at one time or another, the various drama series on TV, whether it be Law and Order, Criminal Minds or the various other shows that pit law and justice against the criminal element and the nefarious crimes they commit.

A common theme which seems to run through most of these shows is the constant battle between good and evil, and that good generally wins out in the end. There are so many different shows within this category, having been broadcast over such a long period of time, that, even though we know these shows to be fictitious in the specific stories they tell and the characters they portray, it is the content itself to which most of us have become desensitized.

Violence, trauma, mayhem, sexual disorders – they have all become human behavior to which we have become comfortable watching. For the average mature adult, we are able to place the portrayal of these events in the realm of some form of escape – a way of separating ourselves from the real world and the tensions we face every day.

But for the younger, more impressionable minds, our youth are more prone to being affected by what they see. And we witness this behavior in some of the video games they purchase and the genre of music and its lyrics to which they listen.

And in a secular culture where the influence of God is already greatly diminished, our youth become more prone to being seduced and deceived by images and storylines which seem to glamorize the darker side of life.

Please do not misunderstand me – I am not passing judgment on the shows we watch on TV or the movies. But I am making an objective observation about the content, and how it can affect impressionable young minds, if we – as parents and grandparents – are not watchful and discerning.

We can make an objective observation that the media can, in certain instances, lead our youth astray. In this sense, we can identify certain parallels between today’s media and the Pharisees and the “scholars of the law” in today’s Gospel, about whom our Lord was condemning their conduct and activities –

“Woe also to you…You impose on people burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them.”

In today’s antiphon to the Responsorial Psalm, we read, “Lord, you give back to everyone according to his works.” For those of us who embrace the will of God and place Him first and foremost in our everyday life, God will grant us the grace to grow in personal holiness.

For those who embrace a culture of darkness together with the lies and deceits which are found only in the shadows of life, then, as Saint Paul tells us, “…affliction and distress will come upon everyone who does evil…”

May the God, who loves each one of us beyond all manner of human description or understanding – and who is our Eternal and Most Loving Father – grant us the wisdom and the courage to always live a faith-filled life, giving witness to God’s will in our daily lives through all that we say and do, and the virtuous examples we set for others whom our lives touch.

For it is through this faith which we not only embrace, but also actively live throughout our pilgrimage on this side of Heaven, that the words of today’s psalmist become our own, “Only in God is my soul at rest; from him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed at all.”

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Scripture for the Day

  • “Therefore, you are without excuse, every one of you who passes judgment. For by the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself…” (Romans 2:1ab)
  • “One thing God has said; two things I have heard: Strength belongs to God; so too, my Lord, does mercy, For you repay each man according to his deeds.” (Psalm 62:12-13)
  • “[God] who will repay everyone according to his works: eternal life to those who seek glory, honor, and immortality through perseverance in good works, but wrath and fury to those who selfishly disobey the truth and obey wickedness. Yes, affliction and distress will come upon every human being who does evil…” (Romans 2:6-9)
  • “Woe to you! You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk…Woe also to you…You impose on people burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them.” (Luke 11:44, 46)
  • “Blessed the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked, Nor walks in the way of sinners, nor sits in the company of the insolent, But delights in the law of the LORD and meditates on his law day and night.” (Psalm 1:1-2)
  • “Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the LORD delivers him out of them all.” (Psalm 34:19)
  • “For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears turned to their prayer…” (1 Peter 3:12a ~ Psalm 34:16)
  • “My soul rests in God alone, from whom comes my salvation. God alone is my rock and salvation, my fortress; I shall never fall.” (Psalm 62:2-3)

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Prayer for the Day

“Most Holy and Eternal Spirit,

as we travel through life and experience Your gift of faith,

teach us to recognize the different ways

by which You speak to us in our daily lives.

“Amidst the many distractions of the world,

amidst all the distortions and perversions which exist,

may we never ignore or close our ears to Your Voice

in the ordinary events which we experience daily.

“We humbly pray for Your grace,

enabling our hearts to always be open to Your Holy Presence,

always remaining attuned to Your inspirations

which guide us in a holy and right relationship with You.

“And may our eyes always be open

to the path upon which You are directing us –

for the sake of our salvation and, most especially,

for the greater honor and glory of our Heavenly and Eternal Father. Amen.”

Anonymous

Saint of the Day ~ October 16

SAINT MARGARET MARY ALACOQUE (1647-1690), virgin – Patron saint of polio victims and devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Today, the Church honors Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, the French nun whose visions of Jesus Christ helped to spread devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus throughout the universal Church.

Margaret Mary Alacoque was born in July of 1647 in the village of Lhautecour, France. Her parents lived modest but virtuous lives, while Margaret showed herself to be a serious child with a focus on God. Her father died when she was only eight years old, and she suffered a paralyzing illness from the ages of nine to thirteen. A struggle over her family’s property made life difficult for Margaret and her mother for several years.

During her illness, Margaret made a vow to enter religious life. During adolescence, however, she changed her mind. For a period of time she lived a relatively ordinary life, enjoying the ordinary social functions of her day and considering the possibility of marriage.

Her life changed in response to a vision she saw one night while returning from a dance, in which she saw Jesus being scourged. Margaret believed she had betrayed her Lord by pursuing the pleasures of the world rather than a religious vocation. At the age of twenty-two, she decided to join the Order of the Visitation at Paray-le-Monial, France.

Two days after Christmas in 1673, Sister Margaret Mary experienced Christ’s Presence in an extraordinary manner while in prayer. She heard our Lord explain that He desired to show His Love for the human race in a special way, by encouraging devotion to “the Heart that so loved mankind.”

She experienced subsequent series of private revelations regarding the gratitude that is due to Jesus on the part of humanity, and the means of responding through public and private devotion. There were those who doubted her, believing it was all a delusion. In 1674, however, the Jesuit priest, Father Claude de la Colombière, became Sister Margaret Mary’s spiritual director. He believed her testimony and chronicled it in writing.

In time, many who doubted her would become convinced as they pondered the writings of Father Claude about the Sacred Heart. Eventually, her own writings and the accounts of her mystical experiences would face a rigorous examination by Church officials.

By the time that occurred, however, Sister Margaret Mary had already gained what she desired – “To lose myself in the heart of Jesus”. She faced her last illness with courage, frequently praying the words of Scripture: “Whom else have I in the heavens? None beside you delights me on earth. Though my flesh and my heart fail, God is the rock of my heart, my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:25-26)

Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque died on October 17, 1690. She was canonized a saint on May 13, 1920 by Pope Benedict XV. Her remains are interred in the Shrine of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque in Paray-le-Monial, France.

We commemorate her feastday on October 16.

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

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PRAYER

(The following prayer is from the Roman Breviary from the Proper for Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque)

“Lord, pour out on us the riches of the Spirit which You bestowed on Saint Margaret Mary. May we come to know the Love of Christ, which surpasses all human understanding, and be filled with the fullness of God.

“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 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 open 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 15 ~ Bless This Pen

Theme:  Writing the Dairy

“As I took the pen in hand, I addressed a short prayer to the Holy Spirit and said, ‘Jesus, bless this pen so that everything You order me to write may be for the glory of God.’ Then I heard a voice:

‘Yes, I bless [it], because this writing bears the seal of obedience to your superior and confessor, and by that very fact I am already given glory, and many souls will be drawing profit from it. My daughter, I demand that you devote all your free moments to writing about My goodness and mercy. It is your office and your assignment throughout your life to continue to make known to souls the great mercy I have for them and to exhort them to trust in My bottomless mercy.’(Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 1567)

My prayer response:

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for blessing the pen of Saint Faustina with which she wrote under holy obedience. Her faithfulness to You continues to inspire people around the world. Her Diary has now been translated into dozens of languages and reaches out to millions in need of Your Mercy. (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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