A MEMORIAL TRIBUTE FOR SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

A Heartfelt Memorial

In memory of the 2,997 people, which also included responding firefighters, police, clergy and other emergency personnel, who lost their lives as a result of that horrific day of infamy, September 11, 2001, a day of great sadness in which terrorism’s godless attack against America and our way of life since World War II have caused the deaths of so many innocent mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, and sons and daughters.

And even now, it is reported that more than 1,400 rescue workers who responded to the scene in the days and months following the attack have succumbed to the effects of cancer and other airborne toxins, and are continuing to become sickened and many die as a result of the debilitating diseases they have contracted.

For all who have or will perish as a result of this cowardly attack, may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the Divine Mercy of Almighty God, rest in eternal peace; and may God’s compassionate Love continue to console their families on this 18th anniversary of their passing from this life.

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

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As a Christian people, our Heavenly Father calls each of us to offer prayer for forgiveness for all of God’s children, especially when it is most difficult, for the mercy we show others is the mercy with which God will reward us.

“Lord, remember not only the men and women of good will, but all those of ill will.

“Do not only remember all the sufferings they have subjected us to.

“Remember the fruits we brought forth thanks to this suffering – Our comradeship, Our loyalty, Our humility, Our courage and generosity, the greatness of heart that all of this inspired.

“And when they come to judgment,
let all those fruits we have borne
be their reward
and their forgiveness. Amen.”

a prayer found on the body of a young child (from the Ravensbruck Concentration Camp in North Germany during World War II)

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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“Almighty and Most Merciful God, in Your indescribable Love which You hold for each one of us, Your children, You send us Your Spirit so that our hearts may be filled with love for You;

– with the help of Your grace, may each of us, with a selfless love and a truly selfless giving of ourselves, reach out and help others in their needs, faithfully serving You and our Lord Jesus, as well as each of Your children whom You have placed in our lives with an open heart and a willing soul, so that we may be instrumental in helping Your Kingdom here on Earth, as it is in Heaven, all through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

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

September 10 ~ Love Keeps Jesus with Us

Theme:  Jesus the Teacher

“Oh Holy Trinity, Eternal God, my spirit is drowned in Your beauty. The ages are as nothing in Your sight. You are always the same. Oh, how great is Your majesty. Jesus, why do You conceal Your majesty, why have You left Your heavenly throne and dwelt among us? The Lord answered me, ‘My daughter, love has brought Me here, and love keeps Me here. My daughter, if you knew what great merit and reward is earned by one act of pure love for Me, you would die of joy.’(Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 576a)

(To be continued)

My prayer response:

Lord Jesus, what great Love has brought You to dwell on our Earth! Teach me how to act with a pure love for You. I thank You, Jesus, with all my heart and soul for the indescribable Love which fills Your Divine Nature for me. (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

September 10 ~ A Host Consecrated to You

Theme:  Blessed Sacrament, Eucharist, Mass

“O Jesus, outwardly I want to be hidden, just like this little wafer wherein the eye perceives nothing, and yet I am a host consecrated to You.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 641)

“I spend every free moment at the feet of the hidden God. He is my Master; I ask Him about everything; I speak to Him about everything. Here I obtain strength and light; her I learn everything; here I am given light on how to act toward my neighbor.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 704a)

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Meditation for the Day

Tuesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time, September 10

May the Power and Love Which We Find within Our Faith Guide Us in Our Efforts to Reach Out and Help Others in Their Needs, Just As the Power of Jesus’ Love Heals Us in Ours.

We read in today’s Gospel, “…power came forth from him and healed them all.”

It must have been an amazing event for the people of Jesus’ day to be able to reach out and touch Him, to feel the awesomeness of His Presence, to hear and reflect upon His teachings and be healed of their ailments!

For those of us reading this today who are getting on in years (such as myself), ailments have become a reality of life for us. And I am no exception. Each morning when I get out of bed, my artificial joints never fail to remind me that I am no longer a “young puppy.” It takes a while before the limbs are warmed up enough, so that I can begin to feel human once again. And I have other issues which affect me physically, one which requires surgery in the near future.

And for those of you who are still young, time never stands still and your day will most assuredly also arrive, when you, too, will begin to feel the aches and pains of the normal aging process!

And yet, when I look at the evening news and witness the suffering that so many people have to endure – whether it is the result of violence in war-torn areas of the world or becoming a victim to terrorism, suffering resulting from disease and malnutrition in many countries, when someone is diagnosed with terminal cancer, or when a debilitating stroke or heart attack overwhelms the well-being of an individual, or a loved one is beginning to travel down the path of dementia or Alzheimer’s –

– I realize that the crosses which I am bearing are nothing compared to what others are presently experiencing, especially those who are presently suffering from the effects of recent hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, and the raging fires in different places throughout the world.

Human suffering comes in all sorts of “sizes, shapes and colors”, and physical suffering is only one form of the cross which we are called to bear at times. There are two different forms of spiritual suffering: one which we are all familiar with – sin. Sin is that ailment, that disease of the soul which separates us from God’s Loving Presence in our lives.

And in Paul’s Letter to the Colossians today, he issues a warning that the faithful are to remain rooted in Christ, faithful to the Truth which they were taught –

“See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy according to human tradition, according to the elemental powers of the world and not according to Christ” – words which could very well apply to the seductions which have weakened and undermined the faith of many of God’s children today, through the evils of moral and theological relativism.

The other form of spiritual suffering, a sinless suffering, is an experience which some of the saints had endured – a loneliness, an emptiness, a “dark night of the soul”, wherein they felt separated from their God, separated from feeling His consoling Love.

And I am sure that there are people living today, good and righteous people, who find themselves experiencing this “dark night of the soul” in their daily lives, feeling lonely, feeling lost in their spiritual anguish.

In reality, God was and is always near them, strengthening them, inviting them to share, in a very personal way, His own Passion – especially the loneliness and the dark moment of Jesus’ Soul when He prayed at night in the Garden of Gethsemane and when He hung upon His Cross in His agony of abandonment.

And there are two other forms of suffering which are somewhat interrelated – emotional and psychological sufferings. Do we not carry this cross, endure this form of suffering when we grieve the loss of a loved one?

In addition, as we reflect upon additional sufferings, do not those who have been emotionally scarred or physically abused carry a cross which can eat away at the very fabric of their own desire for inner peace and happiness?

Each and every day of the week, there are many good people who reach out to the mentally and physically challenged – those who are prisoners of their own minds and bodies due to no fault of their own.

Some of them have stories which, if they should desire to share them with us, would wrench our hearts at what they have endured and the abuses some have received from people who have no respect for another person’s human dignity, no respect for another person’s sexual privacy.

In spite of what we oftentimes hear in the news, there are many good people in our society today, God-fearing people, who reach out and help the handicapped in their needs, but there are others who have caused and left horrific emotional and psychological scars in the minds, hearts and souls of those who cannot defend themselves.

A few years ago, as I was ministering at the time in a facility where the physically and mentally challenged could socialize and also receive physical therapy, there was one young woman, an adult woman, a quadriplegic who could barely speak, struggling to relate to me a sexual abuse which she had endured many years earlier, and which she had kept bottled up inside of herself for most of her life, fearful of ever exposing what she mistakenly considered to be her shame.

By the grace of God, she had come to a decision to share this horrific event with me, an event which had left some very deep emotional scars.

On the surface, she had always showed a deep love for God, and you could see this love in her childlike demeanor. But there was this very real nightmare which was deeply tucked away in the recesses of her past memories.

There was a series of events which took place – a Gospel Reading, a sharing by another patient, all which became as a key, unlocking the door to her long-buried memories.

I believe it was God’s Love for her which guided me to select a particular Scripture passage that day, along with words which the Spirit had guided me to use to explain this passage to the patients, and a particular sharing by others – all which helped to begin the process of healing for her, a healing which was so long overdue.

So, when we think about the sufferings which others are enduring in this world, their crosses allow us to begin to reflect upon the fact that our own discomforts are really not so bad after all!

Scripture tells us today that “Everyone in the crowd sought to touch” Jesus, and “power came forth from him and healed them all.” And our psalmist reminds us that “The LORD is good to all and compassionate toward all his works.”

It is my heartfelt prayer that no matter what our state in life may be – no matter what our ethnicity, creed or religious persuasion may be – each of us may always reach out to the Jesus who heals, to the Jesus who loves, to the Jesus who suffered and died for you and me – so that we may, one day, have life and have it to the fullest in His Most Holy Name!

And may the power and love, which we find within our faith, guide us in our efforts to reach out and help others in their needs, just as the power of Jesus’ Love heals us in ours – always remembering the words our Lord once spoke to His disciples, and to each of us –

“I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”

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Scripture for the Day

  • “A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people…came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured.” (Luke 6:17b, 18)
  • “Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him because power came forth from him and healed them all.” (Luke 6:19)
  • “So, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him, rooted in him and built upon him and established in the faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6-7)
  • “See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy according to human tradition, according to the elemental powers of the world and not according to Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)
  • “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
  • “Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.” (1 John 3:18)
  • “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” (Colossians 3:12)
  • “…always seek what is good both for each other and for all.” (1 Thessalonians 5:15b)
  • “The LORD is good to all, compassionate toward all his works. All your works give you thanks, LORD and your faithful bless you.” (Psalm 145:9-10)
  • “I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.” (John 13:15)

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Prayer for the Day

“Eternal and Most Loving Father,

I submit my entire self to Your holy will.

All that I am today, transform me into Your servant;

living Your Truth amongst my brothers and sisters.

“Thank You for imbuing me with Your Holy Spirit,

who guides me to live a life of righteousness,

enabling me to be all that You desire me to be,

so that I may give my best in service to Your children.

“Forgive me for my past failures,

rejecting the image of Christ in those around me.

In selfishness, I held back Your Love

and fell short in living the virtue of charity.

“Fill my heart with humility,

so that I may always fulfill Your will,

imitating the life of Your Son, Jesus,

giving love without counting the cost.

“In Jesus’ Name, I pray for this grace

for the glory of Your Divine Majesty,

in the Presence of the Holy Spirit,

and for the well-being of my soul for all eternity. Amen.”

Anonymous

Saint of the Day ~ September 10

SAINT NICHOLAS OF TOLENTINO (1246-1306), priest – Patron saint of animals, babies, mariners, holy souls in Purgatory and Tolentino, Italy

Today, the Church honors Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, an Augustinian friar who was known for his holiness and his ardent charity for the holy souls in Purgatory.

Nicholas was born in 1246 at Sant’Angelo, near Fermo, Italy, in response to his mother’s prayers, who was middle aged and childless. She and her husband had made a pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Nicholas of Bari to ask for a son whom she promised to dedicate to God’s service. When her wish was granted, she named the boy Nicholas and, at a very early age, he showed signs of being especially drawn to the Love of God.

He excelled in his studies, and, as soon as he was old enough, he was received into the Order of Augustinian friars. On account of his kind and gentle manner, his superiors entrusted him with the daily feeding of the poor at the monastery gates, but at times he was so free with the friary’s provisions that the procurator begged the superior to oversee Nicholas’ generosity.

Nicholas was ordained to the priesthood in 1271 and would always celebrate Mass with exceptional fervor. His preaching, instructions and pastoral love in the confessional brought about numerous conversions, and the many miracles attributed to his intercession were responsible for even more. Yet, he was careful never to take any credit for any of the special blessings which people would receive. He would insist, “Say nothing of this; give thanks to God, not to me. I am only a vessel of clay, a poor sinner.”

Father Nicholas spent the last thirty years of his life in Tolentino, Italy, and worked as a peacemaker in a city torn apart by civil war. He would preach in the streets everyday, in addition to ministering to the sick and visiting prisoners. He was also blessed with experiencing visions of those in Purgatory, and he developed a great devotion to praying for their holy souls.

During the last years of his life, Father Nicholas was bedridden and suffered grievously. He died on September 10, 1306, surrounded by his community of friars.

He was canonized a saint on June 5, 1446 by Pope Eugene IV. His remains are entombed in a shrine dedicated to his name in Tolentino.

Saint Nicholas’ Bread, a roll of dough with a cross in the center, has its origin in the bread he used to give to the sick to eat after he had prayed for the Virgin Mary’s healing intercession. It is still being distributed at his shrine even to this day.

We commemorate his feastday on September 10.

(From catholicnewsagency.com, saints.sqpn.com, ewtn.com/library and newadvent.org)

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PRAYER

(The following prayer is from the Roman Breviary from the Commons for Pastors)

“Lord God, You gave Saint Nicholas of Tolentino the Spirit of Truth and Love to shepherd Your people. May we honor him on this feast, learn from his example and be helped by his prayers.

“We ask 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.”