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“Lord God Almighty, in the wonders of Your Love for us, You opened our hearts to the marvels of Your Kingdom which await Your faithful children;

– please grant us the grace to always continue in our efforts to strive towards the fullness of Your Kingdom in this life, filling our hearts and souls with love for Your will for us, so that we may one day enjoy our oneness with You for all eternity.”

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

June 13 ~ A Marvel to Angels and Man

Theme:  The United Heart of Jesus and Saint Faustina

(Continued)

“[Souls who love Me dearly] will be a marvel to Angels and men. Their number is very small. They are a defense for the world before the justice of the Heavenly Father and a means of obtaining mercy for the world. The love and sacrifice of these souls sustain the world in existence. The infidelity of a soul specially chosen by Me wounds My Heart most painfully. Such infidelities are swords which pierce My Heart.” (Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 367e)

My prayer response:

Lord Jesus, please raise up yet more souls who are faithful to Your Loving Mercy. The world desperately needs their defense of love, their prayers and their sacrifices. It is a marvel of Your Mercy that they sustain the world in existence. (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

June 13 ~ Unimaginable Glory

Theme:  Suffering

“In the midst of all sufferings, both physical and spiritual, as well as in darkness and desolation, I will remain silent, like a dove, and not complain. I will empty myself continually at His feet in order to obtain mercy for souls.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 504)

“O my Jesus, Eternal Truth, I fear nothing, neither hardships not sufferings; I fear only one thing, and that is to offend You. My Jesus, I would rather not exist than make you sad.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 571)

“And the Lord also gave me to understand what unimaginable glory awaits the person who resembles the suffering Jesus here on earth. That person will resemble Jesus in His glory. The Heavenly Father will recognize and glorify our soul to the extent that He sees in us a resemblance to His Son.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 604)

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Meditation for the Day

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 13

It Is God Himself Who Invites Each of Us to Be One with Him in This Life, So That We May Be One with Him Forever in The Next.

Our Lord, speaking to the crowds, asked, “To what shall we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it?”

One of the most amazing truths of our faith is the indescribable wonders which await all who are faithful and embrace God’s will for us in our daily lives! The gift of Heaven is just that – a most wondrous gift! It is not some place or state of eternal existence which we earn or deserve, but rather it is a gift freely offered by God to all who love Him and live that same love for others.

And this gift is available to everyone, regardless of race, color, creed, religious or political persuasion. And we begin to experience this gift right here and now, in the life which we live and in the relationships we enjoy with one another, and most especially in the relationship which our Lord calls us to live with Him.

God did not create us to be an island unto ourselves; He did not create us to live apart from this world, but rather to become an integral part of all the wonders of human existence which surround us. And we are all interconnected as brothers and sisters of the One Eternal and Glorious Father.

In essence, it is as though we are all branches on a huge tree, and our nourishment and continued growth are entirely dependent upon the water and nutrients received from the tree itself. And if we are removed from the tree, we ultimately wither and die.

So it is in our relationship with God and His Kingdom. His Kingdom begins here on Earth rooted in Christ. Together with the Apostles and all the saints who have gone before us, we are each called to be members of His Kingdom. We are nourished through His words of truth and life which we find in Sacred Scripture. And we are constantly fed with the graces offered to us through His Church and in His Holy Sacraments.

Fundamentally, we become a part of that mustard seed which has grown and matured, giving comfort and shade to all who seek its benefits. And we find peace and joy in the faith which it offers, for it becomes home for those who find in it true rest and tranquility.

And this faith which fills our hearts is the faith which was born in Israel almost two thousand year ago, when the Eternal Word took our flesh upon Himself so that He could walk amongst His children as one of us, teaching us about the mind and the will of God for us in our daily lives, teaching us about the amazing truths of God’s unfathomable Love and limitless Mercy, and the profound wonders which await His faithful children.

For we read from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel today, “Thus says the Lord GOD: I, too, will take from the crest of the cedar, from its topmost branches tear off a tender shoot, and plant it on a high and lofty mountain; on the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it. It shall put forth branches and bear fruit, and become a majestic cedar.”

And we can discern this “majestic cedar” today as God’s Church, which has grown and matured, reaching out to peoples of all nations. From the “smallest of all the seeds on the earth”, the Kingdom of God is now being experienced, even if only in a partial way, by more than two billion Christians of all ages around the world.

As we reflect upon this faith which we live daily, we are reminded in our Second Reading that God’s Kingdom is not realized in its fullest sense until we finally live with our Lord in Heaven, our eternal home. In our earthly life in the present time, however, we struggle in our mortality and the frailty of our human nature. Our peace and our joy are imperfect; our tranquility and our happiness are incomplete.

For as Paul tells us, “We are always courageous, although we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yet we are courageous, and we would rather leave the body and go home to the Lord. Therefore, we aspire to please him…”

But even in our desire to please God, and because of the inherent weaknesses in our human nature, we sometimes stumble. As a result, Paul reminds us, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense, according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil.”

In life, we struggle, because the Kingdom of God is not yet perfected within us. Yet, as we continue to age and mature, our faith grows and matures with us, until that moment when God’s faithful shall be rewarded with the fullness of His Kingdom in Heaven!

It is this fullness for which we yearn and are called to strive towards in all that we think, in all that we say and do, and it is God Himself who invites each of us to be one with Him in this life, so that we may be one with Him forever in the next.

May the words of today’s psalmist always express the desires of our hearts, as we reach out with a steadfast and enduring faith to the One who has created and redeemed us out of Divine Love –

“It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praise to your name, Most High, To proclaim your kindness at dawn and your faithfulness throughout the night…They that are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.”

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

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Scripture for the Day

  • “[Jesus] said, ‘To what shall we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it?’(Mark 4:30)
  • “It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.” (Mark 4:31-32)
  • “We, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another.” (Romans 12:5)
  • “Thus says the Lord GOD: I, too, will pluck from the crest of the cedar the highest branch. From the top a tender shoot I will break off and transplant on a high, lofty mountain. On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it. It shall put forth branches and bear fruit, and become a majestic cedar.(Ezekiel 17:22-23b)
  • “…we are always courageous, although we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yet we are courageous, and we would rather leave the body and go home to the Lord. Therefore, we aspire to please him…” (2 Corinthians 5:6-9a)
  • “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned.” (John 15:5-6)
  • “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense, according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil.” (2 Corinthians 5:10)
  • “Better one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere. Better the threshold of the house of my God than a home in the tents of the wicked.” (Psalm 84:11)
  • “It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praise to your name, Most High, To proclaim your love at daybreak, your faithfulness in the night…Planted in the house of the LORD, they shall flourish in the courts of our God.” (Psalm 92:2-3, 14)

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Prayer for the Day

“To You, O living spring of mercy, all souls are drawn;
some like deer, thirsting for Your love,
others to wash the wound of their sins,
and still others exhausted by life, to draw strength.

“At the moment of Your death on the Cross,
You bestowed upon us eternal life;
allowing Your most holy side to be opened,
You opened an inexhaustible spring of mercy for us,
giving us Your dearest possession,
the Blood and Water from Your Heart.

“Such is the omnipotence of Your mercy.
From it all grace flows to us.

“Be adored, O God, in the work of Your mercy,
Be blessed by all faithful hearts
On whom Your gaze rests,
In whom dwells Your immortal life.”

Saint Maria Faustina (Diary, 1747b-1748)

DAILY PRAYER REQUESTS

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“Most Heavenly and Eternal Lord Jesus, You taught us to rest our anxious hearts in Your Most Sacred Heart, so that we may find peace and consolation in Your Love for us;

– please bless us with that inner peace and tranquility which only You can provide, and please fill our hearts and souls with an unquestioning and abiding trust in Your providential Love, resting assured that Your Most Sacred Heart is forever open, inviting each of us to always remain in Your Love, as You remain in us. We humbly pray this in Your Most Holy Name. Amen.”

Meditation for the Day

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, June 11

Let Us Gaze Upon the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Which Beats Out of Divine Love for You and Me, Inviting Each of Us to Share Our Eternal Life with Him.

We read from today’s Gospel, “But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out.” – the passage which speaks of our Lord’s Heart being pierced.

When one speaks of a heart, two images come to mind; first, a bodily organ which beats within us, pumping oxygen enriched blood at least once every second, which maintains bodily life. The second image is one of emotions, oftentimes filled with love, and the caring and concerns which we hold for others.

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. I am sure we have all seen statues or images of the Sacred Heart. There are many parishes and schools that carry this Holy Name. Our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a special form of private devotion to our Lord, sanctioned and encouraged by the Church.

And to better understand this image, we need to understand its history. From the time of the Apostles, there has always been an understanding of God’s Infinite Love for His children. For we read in the third chapter of Saint John’s Gospel, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”

It was during the 13th century that Saint Gertrude the Great, after having experienced visions and conversing with our Lord, believed her mystical experiences with God were given to her so that she could share them and help others in their personal faith devotions. She wrote them down in her book titled Revelations, and she devoted the rest of her life to meditating upon both Christ’s Humanity and His Sacred Heart.

During the latter part of the 17th century, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, who lived in a cloistered community of Visitation Nuns, and, in spite of her personal feelings of unworthiness, desired to become Christ’s instrument in whatever way He wished to use her.

In return for her love, God allowed her to be conscious of His Presence in her soul. Christ appeared to her frequently throughout her life, explicitly making it her mission to spread devotion to His Sacred Heart. She knew both the extreme joy of personally experiencing the depth of God’s Love for men, and also the intense sorrow of the Cross.

As a result of these experiences, she was often very unpopular in her own convent, sometimes lonely, and often deeply sorrowful, and all the suffering of her sensitive soul was offered in reparation for man’s offenses against the Heart which loved us beyond all human understanding, even to the point of our Lord’s own agonizing death.

With the encouragement of Saint Claude de la Colombière, her Jesuit confessor, together with an understanding superior, Saint Margaret Mary was finally able to inform others of her visions and to spread devotion to the Sacred Heart – first in her own convent, then to other Visitation houses, and later throughout France. Through her, Christ spread anew His message of His Love to a world which had grown terribly cold.

As our Lord did with Saint Gertrude, he also allowed Saint Margaret Mary to rest her head upon His Most Sacred Heart, and disclosed to her the wonders of His Love. On what is believed to be June 16, 1675, Jesus told Sister Margaret Mary, “Behold the Heart that has so loved men…instead of gratitude, I receive from the greater part [of mankind] only ingratitude…”, and our Lord asked for a Feastday of reparation to be held on the Friday after the Octave of Corpus Christi, which we just celebrated last Sunday.

Finally, in 1856, Pope Pius IX established this celebration as a Feast for the Universal Church. In 1889, it was elevated to the rite of Solemnity, thereby truly honoring the Divine Love which God has for each of us, His children.

Today’s Scriptures reiterate the message of God’s indescribable Love. In our First Reading, God is speaking about His chosen people, “When Israel was a child I loved him…” And He goes on to say, “I drew them with human cords, with bands of love; I fostered them like one who raises an infant to his cheeks…”

And Paul tells us in our Second Reading, “…that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

“…the love of Christ which surpasses all knowledge…” – Paul is telling us that the depth of God’s Love for His children is beyond human understanding. The Love which God has for His children, for you and me, is immeasurable. And Christ proved it by freely stretching His arms out upon His Cross.

The depth of God’s Love for us is what is described as unfathomable and profoundly incomprehensible to the human mind and heart, for it is a Love which is so encompassing and so overwhelming! And yet, when we reflect upon our own human nature, how many times do we come up short in returning God’s Love in our thoughts, in our words and in our actions?

In our individual walks of faith, it truly is not difficult to return that Love which is freely given to you and me. All He asks of us is that we love God and love our neighbor, and that we turn away from sin and live a life of virtue, always keeping God at the center of our lives – always staying focused on what is truly most important on this side of the eternal.

As we celebrate this great Solemnity of His Divine Love for each one of us today, let us gaze upon His Most Sacred Heart, pierced by a lance from which flowed Blood and Water – Blood which is the life of souls, and Water which makes souls righteous, as taken from Saint Faustina’s Diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul.

Let us gaze upon the Heart of Jesus which beats out of Divine Love for you and me, and let us sincerely give thanks to a God who not only has given us life, but also invites us to share our eternal life with Him in His Kingdom, a Kingdom which is beyond human description and filled with incomprehensible beauty.

For He truly is a God of Infinite Love, a God who is “meek and humble of heart”, and who invites each one of us to remain in His Love as He remains in us.

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

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Scripture for the Day

  • “But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out.” (John 19:33-34)
  • “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of mercy and supplication, so that when they look on him whom they have thrust through…” (Zechariah 12:10ab)
  • “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
  • “In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10)
  • “When Israel was a child I loved him…I drew them with human cords, with bands of love; I fostered them like those who raise an infant to their cheeks; I bent down to feed them.” (Hosea 11:1a, 4)
  • “…that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17b-19)
  • “See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” (1 John 3:1)
  • “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved), raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:4-6)
  • “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.” (1 John 4:16)

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Prayer for the Day

“O Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Fountain of eternal life,
Your Heart is a glowing furnace of Divine Love.
I find in You my refuge and my sanctuary.

“O my Adorable and Most Loving Savior,
consume my heart with the burning fire
with which Your Most Sacred Heart is aflamed.
Pour down upon my soul those graces
which flow from Your unfathomable Love.

“Let my heart be united with Yours.
Let my will be conformed to Yours in all things.
And may Your will become the rule
of all my desires and actions. Amen.”

Anonymous

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“Most Merciful and Loving Lord Jesus, in humility and obedience to Your Father’s will, You freely endured suffering and death upon Your Holy Cross out of Your unfathomable Love for each and every one of us, Your children; and, in Your Passion, You became the Supreme Model of what it truly means to forgive and show mercy;

– please help us to reflect in our own lives the example which You left us, as we grow in humility, sanctity and perfection, always striving to imitate Your Love and Mercy in our personal relationships with others, for in this way we shall truly become the extension of Your Goodness here on Earth. We most humbly pray this in Your Most Holy Name. Amen.”

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

June 10 ~ Break Through to Souls

Theme:  The United Hearts of Jesus and Saint Faustina

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“Oh, how indifferent are souls to so much goodness, to so many proofs of love! My Heart drinks only of the ingratitude and forgetfulness of souls living in the world. They have time for everything, but they have no time to come to Me for graces.” (Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 367b)

(To be continued)

My prayer response:

Lord Jesus, may Your Mercy be accepted. May You break through to souls who have no time for You! Please soften their stony hearts, O Lord – all for Your greater Honor and Glory, and for their eternal salvation. (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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