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 Loving God, You are always at our side inviting us to open our hearts to Your Spirit of Truth and Love;

– as we continue our daily pilgrimage through life, may Your Holy Spirit always guide our lives, so that we emulate the life of our Lord, Jesus Christ, in all that we think and in all that we say and do; for it is only in this way that we continue to grow in our loving and intimate relationship with You. We humbly pray this in Jesus’ Most Holy Name. Amen.”

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

January 23 ~ Moving Heaven

Theme:  Beg for Mercy

“Good Friday [April 15, 1938]. I saw the Lord Jesus tortured, but not nailed to the Cross. It was still before the crucifixion, and He said to me, ‘You are My Heart. Speak to sinners about My mercy.’ And the Lord gave me interior knowledge of the whole abyss of His mercy for souls, and I learned that [all] which I had written is truly a drop.” (Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 1666)

“I heard these words: ‘If you did not tie My hands, I would send down many punishments upon the earth. My daughter, your look disarms My anger. Although your lips are silent, you call out to Me so mightily that all heaven is moved. I cannot escape from your requests, because you pursue Me, not from afar but within your own heart.’(Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 1722)

My prayer response:

Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Saint Faustina, please teach me how to beg for Your Mercy upon the whole world and move all of Heaven like she did! Give me Your Heart, O Lord, so I can appreciate better the whole abyss of Your Mercy for souls. (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

January 23 ~ Mercy Is the Flower of Love

Theme:  Mercy

“I trust in You, O merciful God, and I wish to be the first to manifest to You that confidence which You demand of souls.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 615)

“Mercy is the flower of love. God is love, and mercy is His deed. In love it is conceived; in mercy it is revealed. Everything I look at speaks to me of God’s mercy. Even God’s very justice speaks to me about His fathomless mercy, because justice flows from love.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 651)

“Of myself I am nothing, and in my misery I have nothing of worth; so I abandon myself into the ocean or Your mercy, O Lord.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 668)

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Meditation for the Day

Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time, January 23

May God Inflame Our Hearts With a Burning Love for Him and an Expectant Faith in His Saving Power, Drawing Us Ever Closer in Our Relationship of Love with Him.

The Responsorial antiphon today presents us with a theme that is prevalent in today’s Readings, a theme about which we also reflected in yesterday’s meditation – “In God I trust; I shall not fear.”

Today’s Gospel passage begins with a statement about Jesus’ popularity. People were coming from all over to experience healing, or at least to see it happen, which was a stark contrast to the rejection our Lord was experiencing from the religious authorities.

It is clear to many that Jesus was a “wonder worker” of sorts, and it is equally clear that He was not rejecting that reputation, even though He had to find ways of keeping Himself from being physically harmed by the crowds. For we are told that the disciples had to have a boat ready, just in case the crowd, in all its exuberance, would begin to crush in on Him.

What many find strange, however, is Jesus ordering the unclean spirits not to reveal His true identity! Right now, He seems only to want to be known for what He does, rather than for who He is! And many Scriptural scholars refer to this as the “Messianic secret”.

The Scriptures tell us today that “…whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him and shout, ‘You are the Son of God.’ He warned them sternly not to make him known.” Jesus’ mission in fulfilling His Father’s will was not to glorify Himself, or to have others glorify Him, but rather to teach us what pleases the Father the most – humility, obedience, the selfless giving of love, and compassionate mercy.

It was Jesus’ personality which allowed others to draw close to Him. It was His compassionate Mercy and selfless Love which became a beacon of Divine Light, illumining and driving away the shadows of darkness for all those who were hungering and thirsting for spiritual nourishment.

And in Jesus’ humility and obedience to His Father’s will, He became the Divine Physician, who drew to Himself all those who were suffering spiritually and physically, healing the sick and the despairing – inspiring the people to live the words of the psalmist, “In God I trust; I shall not fear.”

In our First Reading for today, Saul was a person who embodied the exact opposite of what Jesus represented. Saul was filled with pride and arrogance; and he was a jealous king who despised the fame which followed David after the slaying of Goliath.

In the pettiness of his own thoughts, Saul was offended by the song that the women were singing, “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” And Scripture tells us, “Saul was very angry and resentful of the song, for he thought: ‘They give David ten thousands, but only thousands to me.’”

And yet, it was David’s humility and unfailing trust in God, which allowed him to stand up to the terrifying Philistine. And it was David’s faith that would guide him to continue to trust in God, regardless of Saul’s continuing contempt for him.

“In God I trust; I shall not fear.”

How do you and I trust unreservedly in God? How do we let go of the fear or anxiety which envelopes our mind and our heart at times when the various trials and tribulations of life seem to confront us head-on?

Saint Paul tells us in his Second Letter to the Corinthians that “…we must trust not in ourselves, but in God.”

I wrote about this in yesterday’s meditation, but it is a point which I feel is important enough to repeat. To trust – and I mean to trust completely in the God who gives us life, in the God who gave us His Only-Begotten Son – is to empty oneself completely of ego, to empty oneself completely of pride and self-importance, to let go of what constrains us and what controls us, and to allow the God of Mercy, the God of Love, the God of Compassion to truly take control of our lives.

If we can find it within ourselves to “let go and let God”, according to an age-old adage, then God will give us the grace to accept whatever may come our way.

David lived it; Christ encouraged it.

May God inflame our hearts with a burning love for Him and with an expectant faith in His saving power. And may His Infinite Love for each one of us set us free from all that hinders you and me from drawing ever closer in our relationship of love with Him.

For only then shall we be able to exorcise the fears and anxieties which reside within our hearts and truly trust in God’s providential Love for you and me.

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Scripture for the Day

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Prayer for the Day

“O Sovereign Goodness

of the Sovereign Providence of my God!

I abandon myself forever to Your arms.

Whether gentle or severe,

lead me henceforth wherever You will.

“I will not regard the way through which You will have me pass,

but keep my eyes fixed upon You, my God, who guides me.

My soul finds no rest without the arms

and the bosom of this Heavenly Providence,

my true Mother, my strength and my rampart.

“Therefore, I resolve with Your Divine assistance,

O my Savior, to follow Your desires and Your ordinances,

without regarding or examining why You do this rather than that;

but I will blindly follow You according to Your Divine will,

without seeking my own inclinations…Amen.”

Saint Jane Frances de Chantal

Saint of the Day ~ January 23

SAINT ILDEPHONSUS (c.607-667), bishop – Patron saint of San Ildefonso Indian Pueblo in New Mexico

Today, the Church honors Saint Ildephonsus, a bishop and faithful servant of the Church who held a deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Ildephonsus was born to Spanish nobility in Toledo, Spain about the year 607, and was a nephew of Saint Eugenius, his predecessor in the See (Diocese) of Toledo.

At an early age, despite the determined opposition of his father, Ildephonsus embraced the monastic life in the monastery near Toledo. He was ordained a deacon about the year 630. Called by King Reccesvinth of Spain towards the end of 657 to fill the Archiepiscopal throne of Toledo, Bishop Ildephonsus governed the Church of Toledo for a little more than nine years until his death due to natural causes on January 23, 667. He was buried in the Basilica of San Leocadia.

Bishop Ildephonsus was responsible for the unification of the Spanish liturgy, and is also renowned for his writings, one treatise displaying his ardent devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

There is a legend which states that the Blessed Virgin appeared to him in person and presented him with a priestly vestment. Rewarding him for his zeal in honoring her, the Blessed Mother said, “You are my chaplain and faithful notary. Receive from me this chasuble, which my Son sends you from His treasury.”

The account of this apparition, and of the miraculous chasuble, was deemed so certain and utterly beyond doubt that news of it spread throughout Spain, even reaching as far as the Church in Ethiopia. The Church of Toledo honored the event with a special proper Mass and Office.

We commemorate his feastday on January 23.

(From catholicnewsagency.com, saints.sqpn.com, vultus.stblogs.org and newadvent.org)

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PRAYER

(The following prayer is from the Roman Breviary from the Commons for Pastors ~ bishop)

“Lord God, You counted Saint Ildephonsus among Your holy pastors, renowned for faith and love which conquered evil in this world. By the help of his prayers, keep us strong in faith and love, and let us come to share his glory.

“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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“Heavenly and Eternal Father, as we recognize the wonders of the unfathomable Love which fills Your Divine Nature for each and every one of us, Your children, we humbly reach out to You with prayerful confidence that You will strengthen the gift of faith with which You have blessed us;

– please help us cast aside all doubt, fear and indifference to Your words of Eternal Truth, so that we may always reach out to You with a confident trust and an expectant joy in Your Loving Mercy, for You are truly our only Refuge and Salvation, all through Christ our Lord. Amen.”