Monthly Archives: January 2016

Ocean of Mercy

From the Diary of St. Faustina:

411-Often during Mass, I see the Lord in my soul; I feel His presence which pervades my being. I sense His divine gaze; I have long talks with Him without saying a word; I know what His divine Heart desires, and I always do what will please Him the most. I love Him to distraction, and I feel that I am being loved by God. At these times when I meet with God deep within myself, I feel so happy that I do not know how to express it. Such moments are short, for the soul could not bear it for long, as separation from the body would be inevitable. Though these moments are very short, their power, however, which is transmitted to the soul, remains with it for a very long time. Without the least effort, I experience the profound recollection which then envelops me–and it does not diminish even if I talk with people, nor does it interfere with the performance of my duties. I feel the constant presence of God without any effort of my soul. I know that I am united with Him as closely as a drop of water is united with the bottomless ocean.

 

 

1st Step to Joy: Morning Prayer

1st-JOYFUL INCARNATION

Resignation:  Mary’s ‘Fiat’ and my ‘yes’ to Mary: “Come Blessed Mother, let us offer my first act of the day as an act of love in the Divine Will of God.” (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be)

2nd-JOYFUL VISITATION

Affirmation:  “Most Holy Trinity , setting my will in Yours, I desire and want to live and act in Your Will and set all my acts of the day in order in You.”  (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be)

3rd-JOYFUL NATIVITY

Consecration:  “O Jesus, through, with, and in the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I consecrate and give my will to You in exchange for Your Divine Will. I truly want You to generate Your Divine Life in me this day: to think in all my thoughts, to speak in all my words and to operate in all my actions for the glory of our heavenly Father and to fulfill the purpose of creation.” (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be)

4th-JOYFUL PRESENTATION

Abandonment:  “Abandoned in Your Arms, My Jesus, I invite all the Holy Angels and Holy Saints, especially Mary Most Holy to join in all The Divine Will does in me this day and I am confident that You will not fail to give me the grace to be always faithful and attentive to Your Action within me so that my own will not interfere with Your freedom to form Your Real Life in me.” (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be)

5th-JOYFUL FINDING JESUS IN THE TEMPLE

Knowledge and Gratitude: “O my Jesus, I love You with Your own will and thank You profoundly for the knowledge and gift of the Divine Will.” (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be)

 

 

 

Pope_HolyDoor

What the world sees: Pope Francis standing at the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica to inaugurate the Jubilee of Mercy.

What I see: The Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. I am behind him, waiting for the doors to open, to walk through. He is leading the way.

What the Church sees: All see Pope Francis. Some see a great, charismatic leader. Some see a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

What I see: The Magisterial or Teaching Authority of the Church.

What do you see?

 

 

Meditate His Passion

 

From the Diary of St. Faustina

267-Jesus told me that I please Him best by meditating on His sorrowful Passion, and by such meditation much light falls upon my soul. He who wants to learn true humility should reflect upon the Passion of Jesus. When I meditate upon the Passion of Jesus, I get a clear understanding of many things I could not comprehend before. I want to resemble You, O Jesus-You crucified, tortured and humiliated. Jesus, imprint upon my heart and soul Your own humility. I love You, Jesus, to the point of madness, You who were crushed with suffering as described by the prophet (Isaiah 53:2-9), as if he could not see the human form in You because of Your great suffering. It is in this condition, Jesus, that I love You to the point of madness. O eternal and infinite God, what has love done to You?…

Acts of Confidence: Jesus, I Trust in You!

Make acts of confidence frequently. Let every one of your actions serve as an occasion to renew those acts. It is, above all, in the hours of difficulty and trial that you must multiply them.

Repeat frequently the very touching invocation:                                                                 “Heart of Jesus, I trust in Thee!”

Our Lord said to a privileged soul: “The little prayer,’I trust in Thee’, is enough to enchant My Heart, because in it is included confidence, faith, love, and humility.”