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 taught us the importance of building our faith upon the firm and lasting foundation of Your Truth in our lives, recognizing You as the Eternal Ruler of our hearts and the Master of our souls;

– as we continue our daily pilgrimage through life, please help us to open our hearts to Your Loving Presence, unconditionally trusting in Your providential Love for us, so that we may always focus our lives on pleasing You and giving You glory in our every thought, word and deed. We humbly pray for this grace in Your Most Holy Name. Amen.”

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

December 2 ~ This Vale of Tears

Theme:  End Times and Eternal Life

“When I met with the Lord, I said to Him, ‘You are fooling me, Jesus; You show me the open gate of heaven, and again You leave me on earth.’ The Lord said to me, ‘When, in heaven, you see these present days, you will rejoice and will want to see as many of them as possible. I am not surprised, My daughter, that you cannot understand this now, because your heart is overflowing with pain and longing for Me. Your vigilance pleases Me. Let My word be enough for you; it will not be long now.’(Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 1787)

My prayer response:

Lord Jesus, I long to see Your Face and rejoice in Your Presence as I live in this vale of tears. Please give me courage, Lord, to persevere in serving You until You call me Home to be with You forever. (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

December 2 ~ The Most Sweet Eucharistic Heart

Theme:  Merciful Heart of Jesus

“Today I place my heart on the paten where Your Heart has been placed, O Jesus, and today I offer myself together with You to God, Your Father and mine, as a sacrifice of love and praise. Father of Mercy, look upon the sacrifice of my heart, but through the wound in the Heart of Jesus.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 239)

“I will comfort the most sweet Eucharistic Heart continuously and will play harmonious melodies on the strings of my heart. Suffering is the most harmonious melody of all.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 385)

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Meditation for the Day

Thursday of the First Week of Advent, December 2

God Invites Each of Us to Open Our Hearts and Place Our Trust in His Love and Mercy, for He Truly Is Our Rock Foundation in Life.

We hear the prophet Isaiah today extolling and praising God with the words, “Trust in the LORD forever! For the LORD is an eternal Rock.”

What is it about the idea of trust which makes many people uncomfortable? Is it the notion of giving up control and placing our trust in someone else? Or is it pride which causes some people to hesitate in letting go, fearful to allow someone else to have an influencing factor over their lives, always feeling that they need to be in control, always feeling that they must be in charge?

Trust, oftentimes, is a very difficult concept for some people. Depending upon one’s life experiences, truly trusting in others, even family members, sometimes can become very difficult. It may very well depend upon how often we have been “burned” – how often we have been hurt.

So, in whom or what do we place our trust? That question can have as many answers as there are people. We can imagine the “cowpoke” in the old western cowboy movies answering, “I put my trust in this lil’ ol’ six-shooter here” – for those who are familiar with the American West. Or perhaps we might think of the athlete flexing his muscles in response, or the race car driver patting his car in reply, or maybe the homeowner taking pride in the material possessions he has acquired. One thing about these responses is that they are probably all honest, for they speak to the state of mind of each individual.

The unfortunate thing about each of them, however, is that they are entirely inadequate, for there is an emptiness in their replies, for they are based upon a secular way of thinking. And trusting in what this world can give us will ultimately, at some point in our lives, leave us with feelings of inadequacy and disappointment.

Far too often, there are those who treat life as if it were just a dress rehearsal and not the real thing, as if there were an infinite number of days still ahead of us, and we need not get serious. Of course, we know only too well that the opposite is true.

Our days are numbered, and this is the real and only chance at a life, on this side of the eternal, that we are going to have, and we had better decide upon Whom and What we can really place our dependence and trust in the long term!

The prophet Isaiah gives us the right answer in today’s First Reading. “Trust in the LORD forever! For the LORD is an eternal Rock.”

And in today’s Gospel, our Lord is comparing our spiritual life to that of a house which is built on either a solid foundation or a weak one. He says to each of us today, to both you and me, “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.”

And then our Lord goes on to explain how the different ups and downs of life, to which each one of us can attest, will beat against this house, which represents our faith, and which is built on the rock foundation of Christ’s words. And our faith – this house – will weather the storms that life may toss against it.

On the flip side of this scenario, however, are those who do not take the teachings of Christ and make them a part of their lives, those who only pay lip service but have no real depth of faith, those who are not able to let go of their pride and their feelings of self-importance and ego, those who are not able to surrender themselves to the will of God and truly trust in His caring and Merciful Love. They are the ones who probably will not survive the tempests we oftentimes face in life.

For remember, Jesus says to us today, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.”

To trust, and I mean to truly trust completely in the God who gives us life, in the God who gave us His Only-Begotten Son so that we may have life with Him and have it to the fullest – is to empty oneself completely of ego, to empty oneself completely of pride and self-importance!

To trust is to let go of what constrains us and what controls us, and to allow this God of ours – who truly is a God of Mercy, who truly is a God of Love and Compassion! – to truly and completely take hold of our lives, taking us by the hand and guiding us in our journey through this life.

Is it easy? No, of course not! What it does take is a deepening faith and a growing awareness, a growing desire to be ever closer to God – gifts which God wishes to share with each and every one of us, His children, through the workings of His Holy Spirit. It is up to each of us to make that decision to open our hearts to His gifts and embrace all that He offers.

During this time of our Advent journey, let each one of us open our hearts and our souls to fully trust in God’s Love and Mercy – for it is His desire that we empty ourselves completely; it is His desire that we show complete filial trust, knowing that He is and always will be our Rock Foundation! –

– so that He may fill our yearnings and our needs with His Loving Presence, not only during this Christmas season, but throughout all the days of our life.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “Trust in the LORD forever! For the LORD is an eternal Rock.” (Isaiah 26:4)
  • “The LORD lives! Blessed be my rock! Exalted be God, the rock of my salvation.” (2 Samuel 22:47)
  • “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.” (Psalm 118:8-9)
  • “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven…Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” (Matthew 7:21, 24)
  • “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not.” (Proverbs 3:5)
  • “Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust…” (Psalm 40:4a)
  • “My soul rests in God alone, from whom comes my salvation…My soul, be at rest in God alone, from whom comes my hope…Trust God at all times, my people! Pour out your hearts to God our refuge!” (Psalm 62:2, 6, 9)
  • “Cast all your worries upon [God] because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
  • “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.” (John 14:1)
  • “I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.” (Philippians 4:13)

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Prayer for the Day

“Lord, forgive us when we forget You
and, out of fear and lack of faith,
we fail to truly live our lives
embracing all that You have taught us.

“Lord, forgive us for failing to truly trust
in the indescribable Love which You have
for each of us – Your Children.

“Lord, teach us to let go of all that inhibits us,
so that we may begin to truly live
our relationship of love with You.
For it is only in You where we shall find
our greatest joy and fulfillment, both now and for all eternity.”

Anonymous

Saint of the Day ~ December 2

BLESSED LIDUINA MENEGUZZI (1901-1941)
Virgin and religious and missionary

Today, the Church honors Blessed Liduina Meneguzzi, a religious sister and missionary who became greatly renowned for her many corporal works of mercy during World War II.

Elisa Angela Meneguzzi was born on September 12, 1901, to a poor and humble farming family near Padua, Italy. Elisa manifested an ardently spiritual soul and spent hours in prayer, attended Mass every day and taught catechism. And in the evenings at home, she would pray with her family and was happy to speak about God to her brothers and sisters.

In 1926, willing to totally donate her life to God, she entered the Order of the Sisters of the Congregation of Saint Francis de Sales, taking the name Liduina. She began to work as a nurse in a girls’ boarding school before being sent to Ethiopia as a missionary in 1937.

With the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, she devotedly tended to the sick at a military hospital in Dire-Dawa in Ethiopia. When the city was bombed, she worked in the streets, carrying the wounded to shelters, baptizing dying children, leading dying Christians through acts of contrition and other acts of charity.

The inhabitants of the city were for the most part Muslim, and, through the saintly testimony of Sister Liduina, many were drawn to the Catholic faith.  For this reason, she was nicknamed the “ecumenical flame”.

She died of cancer on December 2, 1941 in the hospital of Dire-Dawa, where she spent her last years. A doctor who attended to her needs remarked, “I’ve never seen someone dying with such joy and bliss.” Twenty years after her death, her remains were returned to the motherhouse of her Order in Padua, Italy in 1961.

Sister Liduina Meneguzzi was beatified on October 20, 2002 by Pope Saint John Paul II.

We commemorate her feastday on December 2.

(From catholicnewsagency.com, saints.sqpn.org and vatican.va/news_services)

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PRAYER

(The following prayer is from the Roman Breviary from the Commons for Holy Women ~ religious)

“Lord God, You kept Blessed Liduina faithful to Christ’s pattern of poverty and humility. May her prayers help us to live in fidelity to our calling and bring us to the perfection You have shown us in 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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“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 Apostle, Saint Andrew, 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, we truly become the extension of Christ, Himself, in our individual walks of faith. We humbly pray this always in Jesus’ Most Holy Name. Amen.”

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

November 30 ~ The Beauty of Heaven

Theme:  End Times and Eternal Life

“I went across the garden one afternoon and stopped on the shore of the lake; I stood there for a long time, contemplating my surroundings. Suddenly, I saw the Lord Jesus near me, and He graciously said to me, ‘All this I created for you, My spouse; and know that all this beauty is nothing compared to what I have prepared for you in eternity.’(Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 158)

“You know very well, O Jesus, that I am constantly swooning because of my longing for You. ‘Know this, My daughter, that you are already tasting now what other souls will obtain only in eternity.’(Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 969)

My prayer response:

Lord Jesus, the sight of the beauty of Your creation stirs up within me a desire to see the beauty of Heaven. O Lord, please draw me to Yourself with Your Love, for I am completely Yours! (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

November 30 ~ Transformed, Whole and Entire

Theme:  Deify, Divinize, Transform

“O Christ, to the last moment of my life, I will not stop glorifying Your goodness and mercy. With every drop of my blood, with every beat of my heart, I glorify Your mercy. I long to be entirely transformed into a hymn of Your glory.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 1708)

“Today, I want to be transformed, whole and entire, into the love of Jesus and to offer myself, together with Him, to the Heavenly Father.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 1820)

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Meditation for the Day

Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle, November 30

May We Always Live Our Faith Honestly and Courageously, Always Remaining Loyal to the Saving Message of Jesus Christ.

“[Jesus] said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ – and one can only wonder what went through the hearts and minds of Peter and Andrew when they first heard these words spoken by our Lord.

As someone who once enjoyed the sport of fishing myself, I can only imagine the scene of these hardened fishermen, calloused hands from working on their fishing nets for many years – all of a sudden leaving everything behind, family and livelihood, for we hear in today’s Gospel, “At once they left their nets and followed him.”

Today, we celebrate the Feastday of Saint Andrew, Apostle and brother of Saint Peter. Little else is written about Andrew in the Gospels. Although, in John’s Gospel, we learn that Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist. And before the multiplication of the loaves, it was Andrew who said to Jesus, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?”

Throughout the year, the Church commemorates the lives of those original followers of Jesus. For as we read in Paul’s Letter to the Romans today, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!” And as one of the Twelve, Andrew was called personally by Jesus to proclaim the Good News, to heal with Jesus’ power, and to have a share in His life and death.

And despite the lack of detailed information on many of the original Twelve, their lives of sanctity and their living witness to the faith have become the statement upon which we should meditate today – our own calling to holiness, our own calling to discipleship. And the question we must ask ourselves is, “Have we left what holds us to this world to follow Jesus, as Andrew did?”

Holiness and discipleship today are no different than they were when Andrew walked side-by-side with our Lord. They are gifts that include a call to be concerned about the Kingdom, an outgoing attitude that wants nothing more than to share the riches of Christ with all people.

No matter what our state in life may be – whether one be layman or cleric, bricklayer or doctor, secretary or attorney, white or blue collar worker, housewife or a stay-at-home dad – whether we realize it or not, we are fulfilling what our Lord is asking of us.

No matter what vocation we have been called to live, as long as we keep Christ at the very center, the very focal point of our lives, and with the help of His grace, we are helping to build up the Kingdom of God here on Earth!

It is by the very virtue of our Baptism that we participate and are made sharers in the threefold mission of Jesus Christ as “priest, prophet and king”, for not only is our head anointed, but we, as members of His Body, are anointed to go forth as Christians. For, we are each called to become Christ-like to all those we meet in our daily lives, and especially in our workplaces and in our families. In other words, we are to be imitators of Christ in everything that we think, in everything we say and do.

It is by the life that we live and it is by the example that we set which shows others the pathway to God’s Kingdom. And Jesus said to Andrew and his brother Peter in today’s Gospel, and to each of us in a very particular and unique way, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Being Christian today, in a world which no longer recognizes sin, in a world which is consumed with secular pleasures, is not easy. And our Lord did forewarn His disciples and us that we would face difficulties, and that some would even be persecuted for our Christian beliefs.

Our Heavenly and Most Loving Father needs us to stand strong in a world which so greatly offends His Love, and which so badly needs to hear His message of Truth!

What is it about the Apostles that attract our attention, especially in a world today which has given itself over to the seductions of darkness? It is their faithfulness and their love for Jesus Christ and their devotion to the Gospel message – all, except Judas – who became living examples for each of us to follow.

Just as our Lord did for Andrew, our Lord also breathes upon each of us His Holy Spirit, so that you and I may be strengthened to fulfill our calling to holiness and discipleship, our becoming faithful witnesses to Christ Jesus in our daily lives.

With selfless generosity and love for all our brothers and sisters in Christ, may we learn from the lives of these holy men who gave everything, even the ultimate sacrifice of their own blood, for the sake of building up God’s Kingdom here on Earth.

May their lives guide each of us in our individual journeys on this side of the eternal, and may the lives of Saint Andrew and all the Holy Apostles give each of us the strength and the courage to live our faith honestly and courageously, and to always remain loyal to the saving message of Jesus Christ!

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Scripture for the Day

  • “[Jesus] said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him.” (Matthew 4:19-20)
  • “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)
  • As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!’” (Romans 10:15b)
  • “Every one who acknowledges me before others, I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.” (Matthew 10:32)
  • “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)
  • “But you are ‘a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises’ of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
  • “I have become all things to all, to save at least some. All this I do for the sake of the gospel, so that I too may have a share in its blessings.” (1 Corinthians 9:22b-23)
  • “Their voice has gone forth to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.” (Romans 10:18b; cf. Psalm 19:5a)

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Prayer for the Day

“Dear Jesus,
help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go.

“Flood my soul with Thy Spirit and Love.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly
that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine.

“Shine through me and be so in me
that every soul I come in contact with
may feel Thy Presence in my soul.

“Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus.
Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as You shine,
so to shine as to be a light to others.”

Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta