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

November 13 ~ Contemplate My Wounds

Theme:  Suffering for Souls

“In the evening, I saw the Lord Jesus upon the cross. From His hands, feet and side, the Most Sacred Blood was flowing. After some time, Jesus said to me, ‘All this is for the salvation of souls. Consider well, My daughter, what you are doing for their salvation.’ I answered ‘Jesus, when I look at Your suffering, I see that I am doing next to nothing for the salvation of souls.’

“And the Lord said to me, ‘Know, My daughter, that your silent day-to-day martyrdom, in complete submission to My will, ushers many souls into heaven. And when it seems to you that your suffering exceeds your strength, contemplate My wounds, and you will rise above human scorn and judgment. Meditation on My Passion will help you rise above all things.’(Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 1184)

My prayer response:

Please inspire me, Lord Jesus, to consider what I can do for the salvation of souls. Teach me to contemplate the Wounds of Your Passion and rise above human scorn and judgment. (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

November 13 ~ Glory and Praise to The Divine Mercy

Theme:  Glory, Glorify

“The soul gives the greatest glory to its Creator when it turns with trust to The Divine Mercy.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 930)

“Let the glory and praise to The Divine Mercy rise from every creature throughout all ages and times.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 1005)

“O Jesus, I want to live in the present moment, to live as if this were the last day of my life. I want to use every moment scrupulously for the greater glory of God, to use every circumstance for the benefit of my soul. I want to look upon everything, from the point of view that nothing happens without the will of God.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 1183)

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Meditation for the Day

Wednesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time, November 13

May Each One of Us Always Count Our Blessings with Sincere Thanksgiving and Heartfelt Gratitude, Never Failing to Give Thanks in Every Circumstance for All the Times That We Have Truly Felt God’s Infinite Love and Mercy Working in Our Lives.

In today’s Gospel, we hear the suffering cry out, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”

What can adversity and misfortune teach us about the healing power of God’s indescribable Love and limitless Mercy? In the seventeenth chapter from the Book of Proverbs, we read, “He who is a friend is always a friend, and a brother is born for the time of stress.”

When hardships and difficulties strike at home, I am sure that we can each attest to who truly is our brother, our sister, our friend. If we should find ourselves in the hospital or at home in bed due to some illness, who is it that always comes to visit or takes the time to call and ask us how we are doing or to wish us well?

In this same vein, our Gospel Reading today records an unusual encounter between Jesus and people who had been divided amongst themselves. For centuries, including the years when Christ walked amongst us, the Jews and Samaritans had no dealings with one another, and were openly hostile whenever their paths crossed. In this Gospel narrative however, we see one rare exception – a Samaritan leper in company with nine Jewish lepers. And if this Reading sounds familiar, it should, for it was the Gospel Reading five Sunday’s ago.

Sometimes, adversity and misfortune forces us to drop our barriers or to forget our prejudices. And when this group of lepers saw Jesus, they were emboldened to come forward as a group and ask for His help. However, in their anguish and personal suffering, they didn’t ask for healing specifically, but rather they asked for mercy, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”

According to Webster’s dictionary, the word mercy means “compassionate treatment of those in distress.” But mercy is something more than just compassion or heartfelt sorrow at another’s misfortune. If we feel compassion for someone, we empathize with the sufferer, but mercy goes one major step further – mercy removes the suffering. A merciful person shares in another’s misfortune and suffering, as if they were his or her own. And that person will do everything in his or her power to dispel, to take away that misery.

So, what is the significance of these ten lepers asking for mercy? They know they are in need of healing – not just physical, but spiritual healing as well. They approach Jesus with contrition and faith because they believe that He can release the burden of guilt and suffering they have been carrying, and make restoration of body and soul possible.

Their request for mercy is both a plea for pardon and release from this suffering, for leprosy was a disease which ostracized one from both society and family. And Jesus, being who He is, gives an example of Divine Mercy to all who ask with faith and heart-felt contrition. Jesus is the quintessential, the exemplary Model of whom a merciful ruler, a truly righteous king should be – one who exhibits justice tempered with true compassion and mercy.

Jesus is the King of kings who truly is a Leader who understands the plight of the children of His Kingdom, and treats each of them fairly and with true justice. In contrast, however, our First Reading today speaks about all those in positions of authority who rule and govern with inequity, who lord it over those who are subject to them. The Book of Wisdom speaks about how God will –

“Terribly and swiftly shall [God] come against you, because judgment is stern for the exalted – For the lowly may be pardoned out of mercy but the mighty shall be mightily put to the test” – something which every leader and every politician should seriously take to heart.

In the act of kindness and mercy which our Lord showed to the ten lepers, why was it that only one returned to show gratitude? In today’s Gospel, you and I become witnesses to an act of thanksgiving coming from the heart of a foreigner. His act is one of true graciousness in expressing the profound gratitude and appreciation which he felt in his heart. The Samaritan approached Jesus reverently and gave praise to God, for the Gospel tells us that “he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked Him.”

If you and I do not recognize and appreciate The Divine Mercy shown to us throughout our lifetime, we too can become like the other nine lepers. Ingratitude can easily lead a person to a lack of charity and intolerance toward others, as well as to other sins – such as unjustifiable resentment, discontent and an arrogant pride. When you and I look at ourselves in the mirror, what do we see? How often have we been ungrateful to all those who have shown kindnesses to us – be they family or friends?

The question we can take home from today’s Gospel story is this – “Do you and I express our gratitude to God for all the mercies which He has shown towards us, and do we show that same mercy to others in our life?” This Samaritan, in showing his gratitude, “fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.” Again, looking into the mirror at our own reflection, do we see ourselves more like this Samaritan, or do we see ourselves more like the other nine?

It was Saint Faustina who wrote in her Diary, “Divine Mercy in My Soul”“By giving [God] glory, I myself am lifted up. On seeing His happiness, I myself am made happy, because all that is in Him flows back upon me” (Diary, 1246).

In the life of faith which you and I live in our daily lives, may we never fail to recognize God’s Love and Mercy always at work within us. May His Love and Mercy always fill us with gratitude and thanksgiving, freeing us from all pride and discontent.

And may each one of us always count our blessings with sincere thanksgiving and heartfelt gratitude, never failing to give thanks in every circumstance for all the times that we have truly felt God’s Infinite Love and Mercy working in our lives.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, ‘Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?’(Luke 17:15-17)
  • “He who is a friend is always a friend, and a brother is born for the time of stress.” (Proverbs 17:17)
  • “Terribly and swiftly [God] shall come against you, because severe judgment awaits the exalted – For the lowly may be pardoned out of mercy but the mighty shall be mightily put to the test.” (Wisdom 6:5-6)
  • “Defend the lowly and fatherless; render justice to the afflicted and needy. Rescue the lowly and poor; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” (Psalm 82:3-4)
  • “But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. May those who long for your help always say, ‘The LORD be glorified.’” (Psalm 40:17)
  • “Every day will I bless you; I will praise your name forever and ever…All your works give you thanks, LORD, and your faithful bless you.” (Psalm 145:2, 10)
  • “You are my God, I give you thanks; my God, I offer you praise. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, whose mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 118:28-29)
  • “Through [Jesus] then let us continually offer God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name.” (Hebrews 13:15)
  • “Therefore, we who are receiving the unshakable kingdom should have gratitude, with which we should offer worship pleasing to God in reverence and awe.” (Hebrews 12:28)
  • “And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)

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Prayer for the Day

“Thank You, O God for all the graces

Which unceasingly You lavish upon me,

Graces which enlighten me with the brilliance of the sun,

For by them You show me the sure way.

“Thank You, O Lord for creating me,

For calling me into being from nothingness,

For imprinting Your divinity on my soul,

The work of sheer merciful love.

“Thank you, O God, for Holy Baptism

Which engrafted me into Your family,

A gift great beyond all thought or expression

Which transforms my soul…

“Thank You, O God, for all the inspirations

That Your goodness lavishes upon me,

For the interior lights given my soul,

Which the heart senses, but words cannot express.

“Thank You, O Holy Trinity, for the vastness of the graces

Which You have lavished on me unceasingly through life.

My gratitude will intensify as the eternal dawn rises,

When, for the first time, I sing to Your glory.”

Saint Faustina (Diary, 1286)

Saint of the Day ~ November 13

SAINT FRANCES XAVIER CABRINI (1850-1917), virgin, religious and foundress – Patroness of immigrants, orphans, hospital administrators and those suffering from malaria

Today, the Church honors Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, the first United States citizen to be canonized. Her deep trust in the loving care of her God gave her the strength to be a valiant woman doing the work of Christ.

Francesca Cabrini was born in Sant’ Angelo Lodigiano in the province of Lombardy in northern Italy on July 15, 1850. The youngest of thirteen children, she was a small and frail girl with curly, blond hair. And, due to her delicate condition, she was schooled at home by her sister Rosa, who was fifteen years her senior. When Frances was eighteen years old, she tried to become a religious, but was denied entrance because of her poor health. She remained with her parents until their death, and then worked with her brothers and sisters on a farm.

In 1872, after recovering from smallpox contracted while visiting the sick and the poor, she was asked to teach at a girls’ school. After six years of teaching, she followed the request of her bishop and founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart to care for the poor children in schools and hospitals. In September 1877, she made her vows and took the religious habit [a distinctive set of garments worn by members of a religious order]. Sister Frances added Xavier to her name, in tribute to the Jesuit, Saint Francis Xavier, who evangelized in the Orient.

When the bishop closed the local orphanage in 1880, he named Sister Frances prioress of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, who was now known as Mother Cabrini. Seven young women from the orphanage joined her Order.

Since her early childhood in Italy, Frances had desired to be a missionary in China but, at the urging of Pope Leo XIII, Mother Cabrini went west instead of east. She traveled with six sisters to New York City in 1889 to work with the thousands of Italian immigrants living in the city.

Once there, she found disappointment and difficulties with every step. When she first arrived, the house intended to be her first orphanage in the United States was not available. The archbishop advised her to return to Italy. But Mother Cabrini, known to be a courageous and valiant woman, departed from the archbishop’s residence all the more determined to establish the orphanage which was so badly needed. With determination and faith in God’s Providence, she succeeded.

In 1909, Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini became a United States citizen, and, throughout her life as a religious sister, she founded 67 institutions in the United States, England, France, Spain, and South America – all dedicated to caring for the poor, the abandoned, the uneducated and the sick. Seeing great need among Italian immigrants who were losing their faith, she also organized schools and adult education classes.

As a child, she was always frightened of water, unable to overcome her fear of drowning. Yet, despite this fear, she traveled across the Atlantic Ocean more than 30 times. In one of her missionary journeys, she contracted malaria and died on December 22, 1917, in her own Columbus Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

On July 7, 1946, Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini became the first American citizen to be canonized, when Venerable Pope Pius XII elevated her to sainthood. Her remains are in a glass encasement under the Altar at the Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Shrine in Upper Manhattan, New York City.

We commemorate her feastday on November 13.

(From catholicnewsagency.com, saints.sqpn.com, americancatholic.org, catholicculture.org, mothercabrini.org and newadvent.org)

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PRAYER

(The following prayer is from the Roman Breviary from the Proper for Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini)

“God our Father, You called Frances Xavier Cabrini from Italy to serve the immigrants of America. By her example, teach us concern for the stranger, the sick and the frustrated. By her prayers, help us to see Christ in all the men and women we meet.

“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 Merciful and Loving Lord Jesus, You call each of us to discipleship and You desire that we walk worthily and please You in all we do, recognizing Your Presence in others;

– with the help of Your grace, may we truly be Christ-like in our life of faith, becoming the extension of Your Merciful Love and compassionate understanding to our neighbor here on Earth by opening our hearts and realizing that we are all equal in Your eyes, so that we may fulfill Your Divine will through our daily words and selfless actions, truly and selflessly caring for others as You care for each of us. We humbly pray this in Your Most Holy Name. Amen.”

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

November 12 ~ Refreshment for the Lord’s Heart

Theme:  Suffering for Souls

“I earnestly desired to spend the whole night with Jesus in the dark prison cell. I prayed until eleven o’clock. At eleven, the Lord said to me, ‘Lie down and take your rest. I have let you experience in three hours what I suffered during the whole night.’

“…Together with Him, I underwent, in a special way, all the various tortures. The world still has no idea of all that Jesus suffered. I accompanied Him to the Garden of Gethsemane; I stayed with Him in the prison; I went with Him before the judges; I underwent with Him each of the tortures. Not a single one of His movements or looks escaped my notice. I came to know all the omnipotence of His love and of His mercy towards souls.” (Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 1054)

“My host, you are refreshment for My tormented Heart.” (Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 1056)

My prayer response:

Lord Jesus, with a truly contrite and humbled heart, I thank You for the suffering You endured for me. May I be a refreshment for Your tormented Heart. And please give me the strength to suffer out of love for You and others. (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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