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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“Lord God, Heavenly and Eternal Father, You not only have blessed us with the gift of life, but also with the gift of faith in Your Divine Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as we continue our pilgrimage through this Advent season;

– may the Eternal Word Incarnate bring His Kingdom to always rule within our hearts and master our souls, so that, as Your faithful children, we may always live our relationship with Jesus in both intimacy and love, for we know that we are nothing without Him. We humbly pray this always in His Most Holy Name. Amen.”

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

December 10 ~ Part Four: With a Despairing Soul

Theme:  Conversations with the Merciful Savior

(Continued)

“Soul: ‘O Lord, I am inundated with Your grace. I sense that a new life has entered into me and, above all, I feel Your love in my heart. That is enough for me. O Lord, I will glorify the omnipotence of Your mercy for all eternity. Encouraged by Your goodness, I will confide to You all the sorrows of my heart.’

“Jesus: ‘Tell Me all, My child, hide nothing from Me, because My loving Heart, the Heart of your Best Friend, is listening to you.’

“Soul: ‘O Lord, now I see all my ingratitude and Your goodness. You were pursuing me with Your grace, while I was frustrating Your benevolence. I see that I deserve the depths of hell for spurning Your graces.’

“Jesus (interrupting): ‘Do not be absorbed in your misery – you are still too weak to speak of it – but, rather, gaze on My Heart filled with goodness, and be imbued with My sentiments. Strive for meekness and humility; be merciful to others, as I am to you; and, when you feel your strength failing, if you come to the fountain of mercy to fortify your soul, you will not grow weary on your journey.’

“Soul: ‘Now I understand Your mercy, which protects me and like a brilliant star, leads me into the home of my Father, protecting me from the horrors of hell that I have deserved, not once, but a thousand times. O Lord, eternity will hardly suffice for me to give due praise to Your unfathomable mercy and Your compassion for me.’” (Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 1486d)

My prayer response:

Lord Jesus, please draw souls overwhelmed by their miseries to gaze at Your Heart filled with goodness. Draw them to the fountain of Your Divine Mercy to strengthen them on their journey through life. Teach them to be meek and humble. And teach them to be merciful to others as You are to them. (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

December 10 ~ The Depths of His Mercy

Theme:  Merciful Heart of Jesus

“Most merciful Heart of Jesus, protect us from the just anger of God.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 1526)

“With great patience, I will listen when others open their hearts to me, accept their sufferings, give them spiritual comfort, but drown my own sufferings in the merciful Heart of Jesus. I will never leave the depths of His mercy, while bringing the whole world into those depths.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 1550)

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Meditation for the Day

Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent, December 10

May Each of Us Use This Season as an Opportunity to Reflect upon God’s Love for Both You and Me, Opening Our Hearts to the Intimacy with Which He Wishes to Embrace Each of Us.

We hear our Lord saying to us in today’s Gospel, “…it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.”

Ever since the temptation in the Garden of Eden and the fall of Adam and Eve, men and women of every generation have been struggling to know God better and to love Him more. And, throughout the millennia since the days of our first parents, this struggle has been a process fraught with repeated failures, especially when man has sought out His Creator on his own terms, especially when attempting to remake God in man’s image.

And this process of remaking God’s Image is as old as man himself. For we find within our human frailty a proclivity, a predisposition towards pridefulness, in which we place our self-esteem and our self-ego above that of our neighbor – all the while failing to recognize the will of God inviting mankind to embrace the virtues of meekness and humility in our daily lives.

And it is this failure which has caused men and women of every generation to struggle in their relationship with God. It is this failure which has caused some of the worst human disasters in the history of mankind. We only need to look at all the wars and conflicts which have plagued God’s creation since the time Cain killed Abel due to resentment and jealousy.

But no matter how far mankind distanced himself from his Creator, God would persistently reach out to His children, patiently and earnestly inviting them back into His embrace. Sacred Scripture, the Holy Bible, is filled with such stories of God’s Love and His repeated invitations, and mankind’s frequent disobedience – and, at times, the consequences for their disobedience!

Both Advent and Lent are seasons which allow us the opportunity of looking within ourselves and reflecting upon our relationship with God. They are seasons which provide us with a deepening awareness of who this God truly is whom we worship and to whom we pay homage, for we are reminded of the indescribable depth with which God loves each and every one of us, His children.

In our First Reading today from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, the prophet reminds us of this God who has never left us, no matter how many times we have left Him; that He is a God who is Ever-Faithful, even in the midst of our reoccurring faithlessness –

“Here is your God! Here comes with power the Lord GOD, who rules by his strong arm; here is his reward with him, his recompense before him. Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care.”

Even our Lord, in today’s Gospel, is teaching His disciples, and each of us as well, that our God does not wish to lose anyone to the realm of Hell and eternal torment. Rather, He will go out of His way to bring back those who are lost, those who, through their own arrogance and prideful disobedience, are traveling a path which leads them further and further away from God’s Love –

“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray? And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray. In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.”

It is for this reason that Advent reminds us of why God’s Son came to us. God, in the Second Person of the Most Holy and Blessed Trinity, became one of us, leaving the awesome glory of His Eternal Throne, so that He could walk amongst us – teaching us and guiding us with His words of Truth and Love, gently inviting us back into His embrace, as the Eternal Shepherd seeking out that which had gone astray and became lost.

May each one of us use this season as an opportunity to reflect upon God’s Love for both you and me, opening our hearts to the intimacy with which He wishes to embrace us and keep us safe from the evils of this world.

And may we truly grow in our love for Him, fostering our relationship with a God who became one like us in all things but sin, so that, with the help of His grace and with a truly opened and humble heart, we may inherit eternal life and remain in His Love forever.

For the selfless giving of love for one another is what the Christmas season is truly all about!

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Scripture for the Day

  • “In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.” (Matthew 18:14)
  • “I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.” (Luke 15:7)
  • “I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” (Matthew 9:13b)
  • “Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, Carrying them in his bosom, leading the ewes with care.” (Isaiah 40:11)
  • “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 4:10)
  • “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)
  • “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)
  • “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption. As proof that you are children, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’ So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.” (Galatians 4:4-7)

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Prayer for the Day

“I love You, O my God,

and my only desire is to love You

until the last breath of my life.

“I love You, O my infinitely lovable God,

and I would rather die loving You,

than live without loving You.

“I love You, Lord

and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally…

“My God,

if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You,

I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.”

Saint John Marie Vianney (Holy Curé of Ars)

Saint of the Day ~ December 10

OUR LADY of LORETO – Patroness of aviation and construction workers

Today, the Church commemorates the Memorial of Our Lady of Loreto, the title of the Virgin Mary with respect to the Holy House of Loreto and is located in Loreto, Italy. It is said to be the home in which Mary was born and where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to her.

Mary’s home had long been revered in her hometown of Nazareth, and the Apostles are said to have used the residence as a church. After the fall of the Latin Church in Jerusalem in the year 1291, tradition says that angels transported Mary’s home from Nazareth to what is now Croatia. They later carried the home to Italy where it eventually came to Loreto on December 2, 1295.

The shrine on Our Lady of Loreto was believed to be the site of miracles. In 1482, the shrine officially became a parish and, two years later, was placed under papal protection. A basilica was built on the site in the 15th century.

Because of the tradition that angels had carried our Blessed Mother’s house through the air to Italy, Our Lady of Loreto is the patroness of aviation and construction workers.

On October 7, 2019, Pope Francis approved adding the December 10th feast of Our Lady of Loreto to all calendars and liturgical books for the celebration of the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours.

In his decree of putting the celebration of this feast day on the universal calendar, Pope Francis stated that it “will help all people, especially families, youth and religious to imitate the virtues of the perfect disciple of the Gospel, the Virgin Mother, who, in conceiving the head of the Church also accepted us as her own.”

The decree was published October 31st by the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, and is classed as an Optional Memorial.

We commemorate this Memorial of our Blessed Mother on December 10.

(From thedailymass.com/our-lady-of-loreto, usccb.org/about/divine-worship/liturgical-calendar/our-lady-of-loreto, cruxnow.com/vatican/2019/10)

Editorial Note: Another House of the Virgin Mary can be found near Ephesus in Turkey. Local tradition says that Mary lived there later in her life. The Church has never commented on the authenticity of either home, both of which have been visited and blessed by various popes over the years.

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PRAYER

(The following prayer is from the Roman Breviary (second edition) from the Proper for Our Lady of Loreto)

“O God, who, fulfilling the promise made to our Fathers, chose the Blessed Virgin Mary to become the Mother of the Savior, grant that we may follow her example, for her humility was pleasing to You and her obedience profitable to us.

“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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“Eternal and Most Loving Father, on this Holy Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, we honor Mary whom You called to be the Mother of Your Divine Son and the Mother of the Holy Family in the home of Jesus and Joseph;

– may Mary’s sanctity and her humble fiat exemplify the personal holiness to which all mothers are called, and may all Your daughters who are called to the vocation of motherhood foster love and holiness in their own homes, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary before the Heavenly Throne of her Divine Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.”