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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“Most Loving Lord Jesus, You call us to a life of faith, in which we are to focus our minds, hearts and souls on all that You have taught us, surrendering ourselves to Your Divine and Most Holy will;

– may the relationship of love which each of us is fostering with You transform us interiorly, so that the witness which we give to the faith which we profess each day be one of true humility and a deep reverence for You, and may we selflessly share this love with others in the life You are calling us to live – all for Your greater honor and glory and for our eternal salvation, all in Your Most Holy Name. Amen.”

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

November 15 ~ An Instrument for the Conversion of Souls

Theme:  Suffering for Souls

“Once, when I was passing by a group of people, I asked the Lord if they were all in the state of grace, because I did not feel His sufferings. ‘Because you do not feel My sufferings, it does not follow that they must all be in the state of grace. At times, I allow you to be aware of the condition of certain souls, and I give you the grace of suffering solely because I use you as the instrument of their conversion.’(Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 1357)

My prayer response:

Lord Jesus, may I be sensitive to the condition of certain souls, so I may exercise “mercy in spirit” (Diary, 1316) for them. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, please help me to be an instrument of their conversion. (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

November 15 ~ Giving God the Glory

Theme:  Glory, Glorify

“There are no indifferent moments in my life, since every moment of my life is filled with prayer, suffering and work. If not in one way, then in another, I glorify God; and if God were to give me a second life, I do not know whether I would make better use of it…” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 1545)

“I know that I will give God the glory He expects of me if I try faithfully to cooperate with God’s grace.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 1548)

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Meditation for the Day

Friday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time, November 15

May We Always Keep Our Eyes Focused on the Relationship Which You and I Have Forged with Jesus Christ, Who Is Not Only God the Son, but Who Is Also Our Dearest and Closest and Most Intimate Friend and Brother.

“All men were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God…For they search busily among his works, but are distracted by what they see, because the things seen are fair” – words from our First Reading today which reflect how man is easily swayed from the wonders of God to the curiosities of the world.

And from the perspective of the culture in which we live today, we can discern these words as pointing to the failure of man to recognize and truly appreciate the miracle of created beauty all around us, due to the seductions and bewitchment of atheistic thinking and secular materialism.

When I first reflected upon these words from the Book of Wisdom, I began to wonder how many people truly miss the wondrous beauty of God’s handiwork during the autumn season – the changing colors of the leaves, the clear skies at night out in the countryside, the feel and the smell of crisp air as we begin the change of seasons from fall into winter, the smell of wood-burning fireplaces, even the smell of freshly baked pumpkin pies and sweet apple cider!

Sometimes, we can become so caught up in our day to day activities that we fail to notice the beauty of God’s creation which constantly surrounds us. And as our psalmist tells us today, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.”

This is also the time in the liturgical year of the Church when we begin to come to the end of Ordinary Time. And as we begin to prepare ourselves for the coming of Advent in a little more than two weeks, when we reflect upon the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies relating to the First Coming of the promised Messiah, we begin to turn our attention today to another set of prophecies which speak of His Second Coming, an event which is yet to take place, an event in which all things will be made new!

Our Lord speaks to us today about this awesome event in today’s Gospel, an event which no one shall escape. When we look at all the wonders of God’s creation, what can our faith teach us about the return of our Savior on this day of Final Judgment at the end of the world?

In speaking about one being taken and one being left behind, even His disciples asked “Where, Lord?” Our Lord’s answer was, “Where the body is, there also the vultures will gather.” And some translations use the word “eagles” from the Greek word “aetoi” rather than “vultures.”

Our Lord’s response was an idiomatic or colloquial expression used amongst the Jewish people of our Lord’s day, which basically meant that the event would occur wherever there were people living and working. In other words, it would be a world-wide event!

One can see the Parousia, the Second Coming, as a time of fulfillment, a time during which the just shall be separated from the unjust, where the holy shall be separated from the unholy, where those who love selflessly shall be separated from those incapable of loving in such a way.

With all the wonders of God’s creation at our fingertips, with all the marvels which we have been blessed to enjoy and to which we are witness in today’s world – do you and I get all caught up in the many earthly pleasures that surround us, or are we able to maintain our focus on the Person of Jesus Christ?

When the difficulties of life cause us to take a deep breath and force us to take a step backwards at times, when the crosses which you and I sometimes bear seem too heavy in this valley of tears through which each of us must travel – do we turn our backs on God because of our complaints, or do we reach out to Him for help in our times of sorrow and despair?

In the life of faith which you and I profess, are we able to answer the question of what our relationship with Jesus Christ is truly like? Is our heart open to whatever He may ask of you or me, or do we place limits on who we say we are – a Christian people – and on what we profess to believe?

Do we love virtuously and selflessly as God has asked us to love, or are our lives consumed with all that runs counter to love? No matter what our Church affiliation or denomination may be, no matter whether one considers him or herself Catholic or Protestant, being Christian is more than just a vocation or a way of life. Christianity is not a philosophy; it is not an ideology.

Rather, it is the meeting which takes place between two persons – ourself and Jesus Christ, and the intimate relationship which is forged in such an encounter – a lasting relationship which gives us hope in times of sorrow, a relationship which gives us the strength to bear whatever crosses we may be asked to endure on this side of eternity.

As to when the Incarnate Son of God will come again in all His Glory? No one knows except the Eternal Father. But whenever that last day shall be, whether it be in our lifetime or not, let us always keep our eyes focused on the relationship which you and I have forged and established with Jesus Christ, who is not only God the Son, but who is also our dearest and closest and most intimate Friend and Brother – and who teaches us the true value and meaning of the word “love”.

For it is in our love and through His Love that we shall truly realize the fulfillment of all of God’s promises!

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Scripture for the Day

  • “Foolish by nature were all who were in ignorance of God…For they search busily among his works, but are distracted by what they see, because the things seen are fair.” (Wisdom 13:1a, 7)
  • “The heavens declare the glory of God; the firmament proclaims the works of his hands.” (Psalm 19:2)
  • “Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it. I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. And there will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken, the other left.” (Luke 17:33-35)
  • “[His disciples] said to him in reply, ‘Where, Lord?’ He said to them, ‘Where the body is, there also the vultures will gather.’(Luke 17:37)
  • “What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? What could one give in exchange for his life? Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:36-38)
  • “But of that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” (Matthew 24:36)
  • “The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but he loves one who pursues virtue.” (Proverbs 15:9)
  • “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8)
  • Now have salvation and power come, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed.” (Revelation 12:10b)

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Prayer for the Day

“Precious Blood and Eternal Word of God,

You are my eternal salvation.

Lost in sin, You liberated me;

You lifted me from the bottomless pit of perdition.

“Treasuring my feeble soul,

You excused my constant frailties.

Forever, I am indebted to Your Mercy.

Your cost can never be repaid,

For You bought my freedom with Your Blood.

“Most Holy and Incarnate Wisdom,

I will always seek You out, my Lord;

You are my beloved Deliverer!

You are the Lamb of God!

You, Jesus, are my most intimate Friend and Brother!

In You alone, Lord, do I find my eternal salvation.”

  – Anonymous

Saint of the Day ~ November 15

SAINT ALBERT THE GREAT (1206-1280), bishop and Doctor of the Church – Patron saint of scientists and philosophers

Today, the Church honors Saint Albert the Great (or as he is also known – Albert Magnus), a 13th century German Dominican who decisively influenced the stance of the Church toward Aristotelian philosophy.

Today’s students of philosophy know him as the teacher of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Albert’s attempt to understand Aristotle’s writings established the climate in which Thomas Aquinas developed his synthesis of Greek wisdom and Christian theology. But Albert deserves recognition on his own merits as a curious, honest and diligent scholar.

Albert was born in 1206 in Lauingen an der Donau, Swabia (now part of modern Germany), the eldest son of a powerful and wealthy German military nobleman. He was educated in the liberal arts in Padua, Italy and Paris, France. Despite fierce family opposition, he entered the Dominican novitiate in 1223.

His unceasing interests prompted him to write a compendium of all knowledge: natural science, logic, rhetoric, mathematics, astronomy, ethics, economics, politics and metaphysics. His explanation of learning took twenty years to complete. “Our intention”, he said, “is to make all the aforesaid parts of knowledge intelligible to the Latins.”

He achieved his goal while serving as an educator at Paris and Cologne, as Dominican provincial general and even as bishop of Ratisbon for a time, striving earnestly to establish peace among peoples and between cities. He defended the mendicant orders (monks and religious who depended directly on the charity of people for their needs) and preached the Crusades in Germany and Bohemia.

While continuing to do what he loved best – teaching on the sacred and secular sciences, in addition to his personal research – Bishop Albert died on November 15, 1280 in Cologne, Prussia, and was buried in Cologne in the Dominican church of Saint Andreas. He was canonized a saint in 1931 by Pope Pius XI, as well as being elevated to the honor of Doctor of the Church.

Saint Albert’s openness to the ultimate Truth led him to a life of holiness. His characteristic curiosity prompted Albert to probe and search deeply for wisdom within a philosophy the Church warmed to with great difficulty during his day.

We commemorate his feastday on November 15.

(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 Albert the Great)

“God our Father, You endowed Saint Albert with the talent of combining human wisdom with Divine faith. Keep us true to his teachings that the advance of human knowledge may deepen our knowledge and love of 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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“Most Loving and Eternal Father, with the help of Your grace, may we forever open our hearts and recognize the profoundness of Your Love which You hold for each of us, and Your indescribable desire to embrace us for all eternity;

– in our personal walks of faith, may we always be Your faithful children, giving to You our most heartfelt gratitude and sincerest thanksgiving for this wondrous gift of faith in Your providential Love which fills our hearts and souls, and may we live this faith daily with courage, never being ashamed of who we are as a Christian people, all in Jesus’ Most Holy Name. Amen.”