June Meditation 2017
In the month of June, we celebrate the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Jesus said to St. Mechtilde: “When you awake in the morning, let your first act be to salute My Heart, and to offer Me your own.” We must give to receive. Our hearts need only be open to be filled with His Divine love. Jesus offers us his pierced heart. It is a heart as human as our own, one that beats, and feels and suffers; yet divine, filled with an endless love and mercy.
When in prayer and looking directly at a painting of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, much light surrounds the painting. Inside our Lord’s heart is a cross that signifies his crucifixion. Below the cross, is a flame it burns bright with fire and rays of light. Fire and light, represent the desire and love of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The rays call out to each of us. God’s love is so within our reach. We must be drawn to His love to experience His mercy.
The Heart of Jesus, so perfect in every way, holds the secrets of His magnificence. In prayer, we are given the grace to receive this heart which opens the eyes of our soul to strive to attain perfection by our actions, so that we too can receive the grace to appear spotless in the sight of God.
God is perfection and goodness. In prayer, we reach out to His Most Sacred Heart; a heart which loves each one of us despite our imperfections. Jesus sees what lies in our hearts.
God is good…He is ever beside me Though I am unworthy
His graces flow and touch me in so many ways Lord, God, I kneel before Thee
Thou art all good, Thy light and power comfort and ignite me
Dearest Lord, I am drawn to Thee I am pulled by thy energy and in my prayers I am pulled even closer to Thee No force can remove me from the power of Thy magnetism
Blessings and graces come my way daily my heart embraces and welcomes the love Thou sends into my being Father God, Son of God, Holy Spirit
Most Blessed Trinity I thank Thee for the gift of Thy Presence
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, may thy graces flow
May thy light and love shine upon us and on those who are dying
Have mercy on us all Dear Lord, bring Thy peace into our hearts and give peace to the hearts of those who are dying. Amen.
If ever distracted in prayer, offer your thoughts to the Heart of Jesus, so that they may be perfected by him. St. Gertrude the Great, had such distractions while in prayer, yet Jesus appeared to her and taught her how to stay focused on His Most Sacred Heart. When we concentrate on His holy heart; a heart with power to love us into receiving the grace of purity within our souls; then we are given the grace to appear spotless before our Father.
May Meditation 2017
May is such a special month for our Church, devoted to Our Blessed Mother! May we find comfort in our daily struggles, trials, sufferings and tribulations through Our Mother's powerful intercession in our lives. Let us pray for Her Mantle to gently and lovingly surround us, our families and friends with Her protection. It is such a comforting thought to know that Mother works feverishly to help all of God's children. May Mother bring us the light of Christ and the living waters of the Holy Spirit to prevail over the darkness in this world.
“Remember, O Most Gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins my Mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen
Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for us, our families, our friends, for Peace for the World and for the salvation of poor sinners who die unprepared to face God.
April Meditation 2017
In this beautiful month of April, we celebrate the death and resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the great mystery of our redemption and the infinite love of our Creator. So much to meditate on! These are the two most important events in the human race history!
In these two weeks until Easter Sunday let us try to faithfully meditate more on the great sufferings of Christ, in His Infinite love for us, and spiritually be closer to Him to console Him and show Him our gratitude and love.
As the saying goes; “No pain no gain.” Let us then, suffer all that God would be pleased to send us without complaining but, uniting our sufferings and those of the whole world to those of our Savior to help Him save many souls.
Thus, when Easter Sunday arrives, our hearts will be ready to be filled with the joy of our Saviors Resurrection and joyfully sing Alleluia! Our Savior has Risen!
Happy and Blessed Easter to all of you, our faithful friends. With much love and gratitude!
March Meditation / Lent 2017
As we begin another Lent, let us strive to be closer to Jesus like never before. His sufferings of today, if he could still suffer in his human body, would be much greater than the ones he endured two thousand years ago. We can meditate on his forty days in the desert and think of what it was like being far away from every comfort, from any contact with another human being, with no food to eat, no water to drink, no bed to sleep in, no roof over your head, nothing but suffering and yet the greatest love of all in his most Sacred Heart. Let us then be with him in the desert and imagine him saying to us what was his greatest suffering:
“My greatest suffering was knowing that many of those for whom I suffered, would despise and ignore my loving sacrifice, my great pain! That was truly my most painful suffering. My thirst and hunger was for the salvation of souls. Console me now, my faithful ones, meditate on the silent sufferings of my Sacred Heart, for I am continually being despised, ignored, rejected, and blasphemed by those whom I love so much. My children, I long for your love! I love you!” (Taken from The Hidden Sufferings of Christ book)
So, even now, in his eternal glory in heaven, he is still suffering because of the loss of so many of his rebellions children. We will try to be with him in his sufferings and offer our own sufferings to console him who, for love of us, has suffered more than any man has ever suffered. In the desert of our own sufferings, we can strive to love him more and serve him better. Wishing to console Jesus our Savior, we offer him this prayer also taken from The Hidden Sufferings of Christ book:
“Loving Savior, let us console You by honoring the unspoken sufferings of Your Most Sacred Heart. Accept, we beg You, the hidden sufferings of all human hearts and unite it to Yours for the salvation of those who are leaving this world today. Most Sacred heart of Jesus, by the merits of Your silent suffering and Your Most Precious Blood, have mercy on us and on those who are dying.”
Thismonth we celebrate love. Our Heavenly Father created us out of love, to love us and for us to love Him.
The closest earthly resemblance to the love of God for us is when we are in love with someone and that someone loves us in return. Our hearts rejoices with the sweet feeling of love and everything around us looks beautiful and good. How good it is when our hearts are full of love!
We are capable of loving many things and many people and there are different kinds of love, but the love between a husband and wife who truly love each other with respect, faith and trust, that is the closest we can compare to the love God has for us. With true love in our hearts, we are able to sacrifice our own desires for the sake of making the other happy. This is true love, unselfish love, and very pleasing to God.
It is very sad to see the way the world is going today where it seems love is disappearing and selfishness and hate are reigning instead. But the Lord our God, is forever and He Himself is Love. One day, and we hope very soon, He will make love reign again in the hearts of His children and then we will have what Psalm, 85 says, “Kindness and truth will meet; justice and peace shall kiss.”
Let us ask Saint Valentine to pray for us, that we may love God above all things and spread that wondrous love everywhere we go. Let us also pray for those who are dying during this month, alone, in despair, violently, suddenly, without love or peace in their hearts and without time to even think that they are entering eternal life. May our merciful Father give these souls the grace to open their hearts at the last moment to receive God’s love and the gift of salvation.
The Apostolate for the Dying wishes everyone a most blessed and God’s grace filled New Year.As our meditation for the first month of this new year we will invoke the beautiful blessing which God Himself told Moses for the Israelites: 6:22-27
“The Lord bless you and keep you!
The Lord let His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!
The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!”
May we know how to open our hearts to receive this wonderful blessing with gratitude and trust in our Most Gracious God!
All Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit! Amen
Glory to God in the highest and peace to His people on earth The most beautiful time of the year is here again bringing to mind the great mystery of God’s love for us. Do we meditate enough on it? Do we pray to be given the grace to understand the infinite love of our Creator? He wishes so much to reveal it to us. Let us therefore ask the two greatest of all saints who lived this most wondrous mystery of God’s love; Mary and Joseph. Let us ponder on the way they lived for no human being has ever had the grace to be so closed united with God as they had. They put their lives completely in God’s hands. They believed and trust in His plan for them. How beautiful their obedience to Gods will! And that is the secret of it all. Obedience and Trust. They humbly and silently lived the mystery of God’s love, and because of that, salvation came into this world. Let us humbly kneel before our Savior the Infant Jesus, our King, laying in the manger, showing us the way of love and humility. The God of all creation King of kings, Lord of lords entrusting himself into Mary and Joseph hands because they were found trustworthy of such an amazing grace. Mary and Joseph, help us to imitate your obedience, trust and humility. Let us adore our God, and in the silence of our hearts, ask Him to reveal Himself to us as He did to Mary and Joseph. And may this Holy Family, save the souls of those who are dying or will die in this Holy Season. The Apostolate for the Dying thank you for your generous support, and wish you all, a most Happy and Blessed Christmas, and a Peaceful New Year!
Weare living in times of great rebellion against God. People have forgotten their Creator and the salvation Jesus has won for us. Our nation and our world are in great danger, and we feel God is ready to punish us because of our sins. People are confused and the evil one is causing great suffering and pain everywhere. But we should never lose hope! Jesus said: “Fear is useless, what is needed is trust.” He also reassured us with these words: “Be not afraid!” Let us trust in His Divine Mercy, trusting that He is our Father, our Creator, our Savior, our God! He would never abandon us if we trust in Him. When Abraham pleaded with God for Sodom and Gomorra, God said that for the sake of just ten righteous people He would save those two sinful cities. This was just one man praying and God listened to him. We are in a much greater advantage than this just man, for we have a great multitude of people in Heaven ready to intercede for us, to save us from God’s just punishment. November is the month dedicated to the Saints in Heaven and the Holy Souls in Purgatory. In Revelation, we read: 7:9-10: “After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. They cried with a loud voice: “Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb.” Let us humbly pray: Almighty Father, we have sinned terribly against You. We beg pardon for our sins and the sins of the whole world. In Your Merciful Love, you wish to save every soul. Therefore, humbly and sorrowfully we pray that through the intercession of Our Glorious Mother Mary, Her Most Holy Spouse, St. Joseph, all the Saints in Heaven, the Souls in Purgatory and with all the Angels and Archangels, once again, have mercy on us! Cover us Father, with the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, and wash away all our sins. Lord, forgive us, deliver us from the great evils of this world. Bring us back to You, Lord. O Most Holy Trinity, send down the Holy Spirit to enlighten our blind hearts and minds with Your truth. Thank you, Lord God, for Your Mercy and Compassion. Jesus, Divine Mercy, we trust in You!
A thought for the Month of October, 2016...
Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here,
ever this day be at my side to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
Most Catholics memorized this little prayer as small children before being tucked into bed by their parents. It gives one peace of mind and a warm, fuzzy feeling to know that we are never alone. Our Guardian Angel is always with us. As we grow older, we tend to forget that precious gift given to us by God even before we were born, but we shouldn’t. Our angel loves us and waits for us to ask for help or just say thank you when we have a close call or a near accident.
On September 29th, we celebrated the Feast of the Archangels Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel. On October 2nd, we celebrated the memorial of the Guardian Angels. The existence of angels is spoken of numerous times in Sacred Scripture, and this belief has been handed down by Sacred Church Tradition as well. Angels are immortal spirits created by God as pure spirits; they have no bodies. Angels are also special messengers of God.
Angels are often spoken of by the saints because of their importance in our journey here on earth. According to St. John Bosco, “When tempted, invoke your angel. He is more eager to help you than you are to be helped! Ignore the devil and do not be afraid of him; he trembles and flees at the sight of your guardian angel. Pray to your guardian angel. Invoke his aid if you should find yourself in any serious danger of body or soul, and I assure you that he will help and protect you.”
Additionally, St. John Vianney assures us that “Our Guardian Angels are our most faithful friends, because they are with us day and night, always and everywhere. We ought often to invoke them. The angels take great pleasure in helping us with our enterprises, when they are in accordance with God’s will.” If the holiest among us on earth, those who became canonized saints, needed the help of the angels and called upon them in their struggles and temptations, shouldn’t we make more use of them in our daily struggles in these days of evil in our culture?
Our Heavenly Father knew we would need assistance in our earthly struggles, so He lovingly gave us our Guardian Angel, and we must never forget that he is always at our side. Talk to your Guardian Angel as you would to your closest friend because that is who he is: your closest friend. This friendship is of vital importance when one is in his or her final agony. As St. Alphonsus Liguori reminds us, “The powers of hell will assail the dying Christian, but his angel guardian will come to console him. His patrons, and St. Michael, who has been appointed by God to defend his faithful servants in their last combat with the devils, will come to his aid.”
Prayer for Those in Their Last Agony
Holy Angels, guardians of those in their agony and now about to appear at God’s tribunal, kindly watch over them with the greatest care. Do not let these souls committed to you be lost forever. O holy Guardian Angels, until their last breath is drawn, let your prayers and entreaties urge the loving Savior, in His infinite mercy, to pardon them and bring them into His eternal Kingdom. Amen.
A thought for the Month of September, 2016...
“None of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Throughout history, there have been individuals who walk the earth briefly but who leave a profound effect on it that lasts forever. We call these people saints! When reflecting on those we should strive to imitate, we can recall the life of a petite woman from Albania known to the world as Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Baptized Gonxha Agnes, Mother Teresa was a selfless, holy person who made a significant effect on the world by touching the lives of strangers. If only there were more people like her on earth! What a beautiful place it would be! She was always giving and never asking for anything in return. With a smile on her lips and a twinkle in her eyes, she did the work most of us would never do. She lovingly cared for the sick, the homeless, the neglected, the forsaken, and the dying. She embraced them and took them under her wings.
They, the poorest of the poor, had nothing and no one to show them the love of God here in the midst of their greatest suffering. As they lay dying on the streets, Mother Teresa picked them up and took them to hospice facilities; she refused to let these people pass to their eternal life without being treated with genuine compassion here on earth. With her frail, loving hands, she wrapped their wounds, washed their ailing bodies, cleaned their bruised and dirty faces, and wiped away their sorrowful tears. She loved them—each and every one of them—as only a mother could. When describing herself, this humble woman stated, “By blood I am Albanian. By citizenship I am an Indian. By faith I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.” Her beautiful light of Christ shone brightly in an incredibly dark corner of the world and during very dark times in the lives of those she helped. Her simple acts of charity and selflessness introduced many souls to the love of God. If not for the newly canonized St. Teresa of Calcutta, these poor, sickly souls would have never experienced love-filled encounters.
This saint should be a model for each one of us as we strive to radiate Christ to those we encounter throughout our journey on this side of eternity. In a special way, let us see Mother Teresa as a Catholic example of how we should be merciful and compassionate toward the dying. Jesus challenged Mother Teresa to be His light and “to radiate His love on souls,” so we must not forget to do likewise and be the Good Samaritan that she exemplified.
Prayer for Those in Their Last Agony
Most merciful, Jesus, Lover of souls, by the Agony of Your Most Sacred Heart, cleanse in Your Blood the sinners of the whole world, who are now in their agony and will die today.
O Most Merciful God, Father of mercies and God of all consolations, look favorably upon Your servants, open to them the gates of Paradise, and lead them through the gates of everlasting joy. Amen.
A thought for the Month of August, 2016...
In the midst of horrific world events that understandably frighten and distress us, we must remind ourselves that this is not the first time in history when tremendous evil has reared its ugly head. This is just our time in history to witness it. We must stand with the righteous among us in the Light of Christ to combat the darkness of evil.
There have always been men and women who have confronted evil face to face and heroicallyovercame it while remaining filled with peace. On August 14th, we remember and celebrate one such person: Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe. He, like many others, gave their all for Godto convert sinners. When St. Maximilian was young, he saw our Blessed Mother in a vision holding two crowns, and she asked him which crown he wanted: white for purity or red for martyrdom. He answered sincerely, “I want them both!”
He went on to become a Conventual Franciscan priest and later founded the Militia Immaculata, an international evangelization movement dedicated to Mary. He and his friars worked diligently to put out a monthly publication called Knights of the Immaculata, which was going to be his “weapon” to win hearts for Mary. St. Maximilian wanted to, in his words, “illuminate the truth and show the true way to happiness.”
The beginning of the Second World War brought new challenges, and St.Maximilian and his friars immediately went to work helping Polish refugees, including Jews. In 1941, St. Maximilian wrote, “No one in the world can change Truth. What we can do and should do is to seek truth and to serve it when we have found it. The real conflict is the inner conflict. ... There are two irreconcilable enemies in the depth of every soul: good and evil, sin and love.”It is believed it was these words published in Knights of the Immaculatathat led to his arrest and imprisonment in the concentration camp at Auschwitz,where he wasstripped of his priestly Franciscan habit and dressed in a striped prison uniformfeaturing the number 16670 on his shirt.
It was at Auschwitz that St. Maximilian voluntarily gave his life to save that of another prisoner who was to be executed. St. Maximilian sacrificed himself for a total stranger.He never protested or regretted his decision; instead, he led his companions in praying the Most Holy Rosary and in singing songs to the Blessed Mother. He bore his painfully heavy cross with joy, and he suffered cheerfully. Because St. Maximiliansurvived his time in the starvation bunker,the Nazi soldiers ultimately gave him an injection of carbolic acid to put him to death. When they entered his cell, St. Maximilian didnot beg to be spared; rather, hewillingly gave them his arm for the injection and died peacefully with a radiant look on his face. In this way, St. Maximilian was given his red crown of martyrdom.
The white crown of purity had been earned by living a blameless and wholesome life of vowed celibacy and by being entirely dedicated to our heavenly Mother, Mary.St. Maximilian once said, “Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.” Let us remember that as we prepare to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption on August 15th.
Prayer for Those in Their Last Agony
Almighty and merciful God, Who has bestowed upon mankind saving remedies and the gift of everlasting life, look graciously upon Your servants and comfort the souls which You have made, that, in the hour of their passing, cleansed from all stain of sin, they may deserve to be presented to You, their Creator, by the hands of the holy angels, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
A thought for the Month of July, 2016...
In a world of turmoil where the culture seems saturated with evil, it is no wonder that so many people become distressed and depressed or are even driven to give up. We must never allow ourselves to go down this dark road; despair is where the evil one wishes to lure us. It is precisely in these difficult times and when all seems lost that saints are made. We are all called by God to become saints.
That’s right. You and me. All of us. We are all individually called to reach sainthood. The Lord didn’t say it was going to be easy. Recall how the very Son of God had to suffer immensely and even shed His Precious Blood before He could win the great battle. He was scourged, crowned with thorns, forced to carry the cross, and even pierced with a lance. If Jesus suffered that much while on earth, why then would we expect our pilgrimage through this earthly life to be easy?
The late Mother Angelica was quoted as saying, “How are you going to grow in trust if there is no crisis? The things of the Spirit must be earned through struggle.” These painful and trying times we are living in present an immense opportunity for us to grow toward greater sanctity. God is allowing all the struggles, confusion, and chaos to occur so that we can be tested and transformed into saints.
If we truly believe this, we can avoid letting the struggles of this world overwhelm us and lead us away from the Lord. Evil can only succeed if good people do not confront it and allow it to spread. Furthermore, we ought to utilize all the struggles we experience as a means of aiding those who are suffering and dying. How great a gift it would be for us to offer up our hardships to the Heavenly Father with the intention of helping our dying brothers and sisters in their final struggle!
Through all the chaos of the world, we must stand for truth and stand for God because He is Truth. Let us also plant our feet firmly in His Holy Word as a way to prepare ourselves to change the darkness into light. As His followers and as believers of Sacred Scripture, we know how the story will conclude: in His triumph!
Prayer for the Dying:
May the love and peace of God bless those who are dying by gently wiping away every tear from their eyes. Lord Jesus, cover the dying in Your Precious Blood, wash away all their iniquities, and cleanse them from their sins. Precious Blood of Jesus, give hope to the dying and be their consolation. Amen.
A thought for the Month of June, 2016...
“Enter in the Sacred Heart of Jesus and consecrate to it your body, your soul, your heart and your whole being, so as to live but for its love and glory alone.”
— St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Oh, how our Lord loves each and every one of us with a deep and powerful love! Yes, Jesus loves us to the point of death. Each of us are precious in His eyes and precious to His Sacred Heart. It is a powerful love that gets rejected every moment of everyday by so many. His unconditional Love is rejected over and over again. How sad and heartbroken He must be.
In 1673, our Lord Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and asked her to spread the devotion to His Sacred Heart. He promised that all those who practice devotion to His Sacred Heart will receive the graces necessary for their state of life, have peace in their families, and be consoled by Christ in all their troubles. He will also bless all their undertakings. Those who sin will find in His Sacred Heart an ocean of mercy, and tepid souls will rise quickly to perfection. These are just some of the many promises that He made to St. Mary Margaret. He also said the following:
“In the excess of the mercy of my heart, I promise you that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who will receive [Holy Communion] on the First Friday, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance. They will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; my Heart will be their secure refuge in the last hour.”
Attend Mass on nine consecutive First Fridays in honor of and in reparation to His Sacred Heart. It seems like a simple way to receive such priceless treasures from our loving Lord. How many of us have done it or are doing it now? I dare say, not enough. Imagine the peace that a soul in his final hour will receive knowing he has fulfilled Jesus’ request of First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart. Such a soul can close his eyes to this world knowing that God will fulfill His promise. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
Prayer for the Dying
Most Merciful Jesus, Lover of souls! I pray You, by the agony of Your Sacred Heart and by the sorrows of Your Immaculate Mother, cleanse in Your Own Blood the sinners of the whole world, who are now in their agony and will die today. Amen.
A thought for the Month of May, 2016...
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O merciful, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.
This beautiful prayer is said at the end of each Rosary, but how often do we actually contemplate that beautiful title “Mother of Mercy” given to the Mother of God and our heavenly mother? I dare say not too often. Most of us will say it repeatedly without stopping to appreciate the richness of that powerful title. Truly, Mary is the Mother of Mercy as she is the Mother of Jesus, Divine Mercy Itself. In the words of St. Alphonsus Liguori, “Mary is not only called the Mother of Mercy, she IS the Mother of Mercy.”
The very fact that God gave us Mary as our own mother is evidence of His merciful love. Even as Jesus was suffering on the Cross, He said to St. John, “Behold your Mother.” How merciful is that? Even in His Passion, the Lord thought of us and provided us a source of healing, strength, and assistance in reaching Heaven. We must utilize this great gift, though, by asking Mary, the Mother of Mercy, for assistance in all our daily struggles.
The more difficult the challenges in our personal lives and in our fallen world become, the greater need we have to pray to our heavenly Mother for her intercession on our behalf to obtain God’s mercy. When Mary appeared to St. Bridget of Sweden, she said, “I am the Queen of Heaven and Mother of Mercy; I am the joy of the just and the door through which sinners are brought to God.” That really says it all, doesn’t it?
As we go about our daily lives and fulfill our earthly chores, let us never forget to ask “Mama Mary,” as the late Rev. Msgr. George Tomichek called her, to walk with us each step of the way. Let us also keep in mind the Blessed Virgin Mary’s words to St. Faustina, “I am not only the Queen of Heaven, but also the Mother of Mercy and your Mother… Out of the depths of God’s mercy, I am your Mother.”
Let us also never forget to beg for her maternal compassion on dying souls, that she may accompany them as they depart this earthly life:
Mary, Mother of Mercy, go to the side of your children
who are in their last agony and assist them in their final battle. Amen.
Lastly, let us remember to continually thank Mary, the Mother of Mercy, in prayer. St. Augustine reminds us of this at the beginning of his beautiful Prayer to Our Lady of Mercy:
Blessed Virgin Mary, who can worthily repay you with praise and thanks
for having rescued a fallen world by your generous consent?
Receive our gratitude, and by your prayers obtain the pardon of our sins.
Take our prayers into the sanctuary of heaven and enable them to make our peace with God….
A thought for the Month of April...
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end.”
Lent is over, and the Easter season and spring are upon us. Spring is a time of anticipation as we wait for God’s beautiful creation to come to life anew after a cold and dark winter. The days are longer, the sun is warmer, and our hearts are filled with hope. What better way to celebrate this awesome time of year than to take advantage of His Divine Mercy?
The Church celebrates the great feast of Divine Mercy Sunday during this season of Easter, and it reminds us of the special gift that our loving God offers each one of us. This is the tremendous opportunity to be cleansed of all our sins and the baggage we carry around day after day that weighs us down and keeps us from growing more in love with God with each breath we take.
Our Lord cannot be more generous, more loving, or more patient with us, His children. We constantly sin, yet He waits patiently for us, giving us every opportunity to come and ask for His forgiveness; to come to Him through His priests in the confessional and ask for complete forgiveness. He truly is a loving and merciful Father.
So, during this Easter Season, come to the fount of life and tell Him that you love Him and that you are truly sorry for having offended Him. Ask Him to shower down His graces upon you and upon this troubled world. Let Him know that you love your neighbor as yourself out of love for Him. Ask the Lord, with a sincere heart, to cleanse you of all your imperfections and forgive you for the actions you have committed that caused Him pain and suffering on the Cross. Thank Him for loving us with a perfect Love that is so deep He was willing to shed His Precious Blood for you and every single human being on earth. That is true Love!
Let us always remember that He never gives up on us and He never complains about the suffering that we each cause Him. He does it all willingly. Would you or I do that for another person who constantly offends us? With this in mind, let us celebrate this great Feast of Divine Mercy by going to confession and leaving our baggage at the foot of the Cross so that we can go forth to receive Communion worthily and fully receive His great Love.
As we continue to travel through this Year of Mercy, let us remember to be merciful to others, to be forgiving of their imperfections, to help them when they are in need, to pray for them, to counsel them if necessary, and—more than anything else to see Jesus in each and every person we meet. Let us especially show this Christ-like example toward those in their final hours of earthly suffering and agony before their death. Let us pray for them because prayer is an amazing act Spiritual of mercy.
Monthly Prayer for the Dying:
Almighty and merciful God,
You bestow on mankind both the remedies of health
and the gifts of everlasting life.
Look graciously on Your servants who are suffering
from bodily infirmity. Strengthen their souls which You
Yourself have made, and when their hour of death
arrives, may they be worthy to be offered without stain
of sin to You, their Creator, by the hands of the holy angels.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
A thought for the Month of March...
Meditation for March 2016
“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies.”
During Lent, we are to remember the suffering of our Lord Jesus in a special way. He endured unfathomable pain and died for each and every human being! We reflect, pray, and hopefully change the old habits that endanger our soul and keep us from growing closer to our Savior. But as the weeks of Lent come to a close and Holy Week approaches, we recognize that the time for sadness is almost over and we await Christ’s Resurrection with great anticipation. We should be filled with joy because we believe that Jesus, the Son of God, rose from the dead just as He said He would!
He needed to go back to His Father in Heaven, but sadness does not overwhelm us because Jesus did not leave us orphans. He is here with us now and for always in the Most Holy Eucharist: His Body and His Blood, the Bread of Life. How often do we ponder this awesome gift given to us at such a great price? On Holy Thursday, the night before His death on the Cross, Jesus gave us Himself in the Eucharist. But that was not enough; He also gave the world the Sacrament of Holy Orders to ensure that Catholics would always be able to be nourished with the Eucharist throughout their earthly journeys. That is Love!
As Lent comes to a close for this year, rejoice as Easter Sunday arrives once again. Rejoice by spending time with our loving God in the Most Blessed Sacrament, kneeling before the King of Kings, and giving Him praise and thanksgiving for such a priceless treasure. Reflect, pray, and love Him as you gaze at Him, the Chosen One, the only begotten Son of God, under the appearance of a simple Host. Give thanks for He has risen! Alleluia!
Let us use every moment of our life to prepare for our final day here in this land of exile. Perhaps the best way to prepare for eternity is by spending time with Him in Eucharistic Adoration. May He fill each of us with the desire to please Him in all we do each day of our lives. Then, when our final day comes—as it surely will—we can close our eyes to this world and feast them on the beauty of the next. Let us ask good St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, to intercede at the throne of God for all who will die this day.
Prayer for the Agonizing
O St. Joseph, protector of those in agony, take pity on those who at this very moment are engaged in their last combat. O blessed Joseph, take pity on their soul and assist them at the hour of their final battle. O holy patron of the dying, do not abandon them; grant them your assistance and ask our Divine Savior to receive them with mercy into that abode where the elect enjoy a life that shall never end. Amen.
A thought for the Month of February...
Meditation for February
Lent is once again upon us. How are we going to “live Lent” in 2016? Should we go about doing our usual routine? Should we hold onto our old habits and ways? Should we cling to old angers and hurt feelings? No, we should not “live Lent” in 2016 the same way as we have always lived Lent in the past. This Lent, the holiest season in the Catholic liturgical year, we must renew ourselves by dusting off our faith.
How often do we reflect on the Passion of our blessed Lord? Not often enough for most of us. Our Lord and Savior loves us so much that He gave up His life on a wooden Cross to save each one of us from damnation. Wow! That is love.
Do we gaze at the crucifix in our homes daily and ponder how we continue to drive the nail into His hands and feet a little bit deeper? Do we gaze at His picture and meditate on the scourges that ripped His skin from His bones? Do we recall the crown of thorns being pushed into His head and His Precious Blood that ran down his Holy Face?
How often do we contemplate His mother’s suffering as she wept beneath the Cross and asked sorrowfully, “What did my Son do to deserve such torture?” The answer is nothing. He did nothing wrong. He dared, though, to love us so much that this love took Him to Calvary.
The Son of God gave His all so that you and I could have the opportunity to receive the gift of Heaven. Are we trying to reach Heaven? If the answer is no, then when we gaze at a crucifix, we are looking into our Lord’s eyes and telling Him “You did that for nothing.”
This Lent, let us strive to grow in holiness in our daily lives. Let us show everyone we encounter that we believe in a God Who loves each of us to His death. It takes prayer, reflection, and a willingness to put ourselves spiritually at the foot of that Cross on Calvary. We must stand with Mary, John, and Mary Magdalene,keeping watch at the feet of our suffering Savior and letting Him know that we love Him with all our heart and soul. We must repent of our sins and with His help become the people He created us to be.
This Lent, meet Jesus. Get to know Him like never before. Love Him! For many, this will be their last Lent on this side of eternity. Now is the time to grow in holiness and in love for our Heavenly Father so that when the veil is lifted and we see Him face to face, He will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of the Lord.”
Prayer: “I love You, my beloved Jesus. I love You more than myself. I repent with my whole heart of having offended You. Never permit me to separate myself from You again. Grant that I may love You always, and then do with me what You will.” Amen.
A thought for the Month of January...
Meditation for January
Another year has gone by and the inexorable march of time seems to go faster and faster. As we begin this New Year, let us try to think more about our eternal life and the awesome moment when we will meet our Creator. Dispel any gloomy fear about our future. With hope, we will be able to trust in God’s great mercy and be prepared to meet Our Lord!
St. Paul says that: “What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9. He created us for eternal life, and to earn it we have to go through the test of this earthly life. Our Heavenly Father gave us His commandments to follow, He has given us all that we need. This is the Jubilee Year of Mercy, and we should take this grace very seriously. Jesus told Saint Faustina that after His mercy will come His justice. With the help of our Blessed Mother, Saint Joseph, our Guardian Angel, and all the Angels and Saints, we can obtain all the graces needed to live a holy life in God by entrusting our lives to them. And at the end of our earthly journey, we will have the great promise of being eternally happy with Him.
May we also remember to pray for those who are most dear to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the dying.
This is what Our Lord told St. Faustina: “Pray as much as you can for the dying. By your entreaties, obtain for them trust in My mercy, because they have most need of trust, and have it the least.” Diary of St. Faustina, #1777. Many who die each day are unprepared to face God!...How great is their need for our prayers!...During this Jubilee Year of Mercy praying for the dying would be a beautiful work of mercy!
We wish you all a Blessed and Peaceful New Year!
A thought for the Month of December...
This is the beautiful month in which we celebrate the birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Let us prepare and open our hearts to welcome Him. Because of His infinite love, He came to save us from the slavery of sin. So let us ponder and meditate more than ever on this most wondrous gift!
Let us offer Him our hearts filled with gratitude and praise, for the world in which we live today has rejected Him again and again. Let us love and adore Him for those who do not. Our Sweet and Merciful Baby Jesus is begging us to hold Him in our arms and to give Him our love and adoration.
No one loved him like His Mother does. Our Blessed Mother loves us with such a motherly love. Let us ask Her to teach us to love Him with the great love of Her Immaculate Heart. She will stir up our spiritual desires, not our earthly ones; so that our hearts will become more repentative to receive the love of Baby Jesus in our hearts.
Sweet Mother, we thank you for giving us Jesus, the Treasure of our hearts, the Pearl of great price, the Prince of Peace, the Lord of Lords, the King of kings, our Creator, and Our lord and Savior! How great is your dignity Sweet Mother, Mother of God!...And by God's Will you were deigned to be our mother too! Teach us to love Jesus. Intercede for us, poor banished children of Eve. Obtain peace for this suffering and darken world.
Saint Joseph, foster Father of our Savior and chaste spouse of Mary, we honor you for your great care and protection. We can only imagine you holding Baby Jesus in your arms and gently pressing Him to your heart. Help us to love Him like you do.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we love you, save souls, especially those who die every day unprepared to face God and their eternal salvation; obtain for them pardon and mercy. Amen
Wishing you Blessed and Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year!
A thought for the Month of November...
In this month, we meditate about the saints and about our loved ones who are already in the eternal life. Eternal life!... Do we ponder enough on it? We are here on this earth now, but someday we will go there too! No one can escape it. This is the reality of life. Jesus came to this earth to earn that beautiful, eternal life for us, to be with Him forever.
How beautiful Heaven must be! Jesus suffered and died to open its doors that were closed by the disobedience of our first parents. This is a wonderful month to read the lives of the saints and learn from them how to love and serve God and gain eternal life in Heaven. Jesus said: "I am going to prepare a place for you so that where I am you also may be. In My Father's house there are many mansions." ----Notice that Jesus doesn't say many houses! Oh, how much we should try to live our lives in accordance with God's Will, in order to gain everything He has prepared for us!
This is all beautiful, but what about those souls who have died and are unprepared to enjoy this forever bliss? This month is mostly dedicated to them and it depends on us who are still here, to help them to get there. The souls in Purgatory are called the holy souls, because they have been saved. But, since their souls were not clean at the time of death, they are still suffering greatly for the purification of their sins. Their greatest suffering is their longing to be with God. When we are in love with someone, we wish to be with that person all the time. When we are not, we feel sad and long for the moment when we can see them again. The Holy Souls in Purgatory, know now, the true love, which is God, and they want nothing but to be enjoying Him forever. They cannot help themselves in Purgatory. They don't have a free will anymore. So they depend on our prayers and sacrifices we can offer on their behalf.
May Our Lord fill our hearts with love for these blessed souls, so that we may help them to quickly be free of their sufferings. They will not forget the good we do for them and will surely intercede for us and our intentions. Here's a beautiful and powerful prayer that we can pray for our loved ones, friends and for those who have no one to pray for them:
"Eternal Father, I offer Thee the most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen"
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the most powerful and perfect prayer we can offer, and after that is the intercession of Our Blessed Mother.
Let us not forget to pray for those close to entering eternal life that they may obtain salvation.
"Let us pray for the dying today, those for whom tomorrow will be too late."
A thought for the Month of October...
This month of October is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the Most Holy Rosary, a beautiful gift from our Blessed Mother for all Her children. The word rosary in Latin means “a garland or crown of roses.” This is a beautiful reflection for us to ponder on, so that we may in return give a “crown of roses” back to Our Blessed Mother each time we recite Her Rosary. The rosary helps us to be closer with Jesus and Mary, as we literally “walk” through the Bible while meditating on the Mysteries, the lives of Jesus and Mary. The rosary is truly a powerful prayer. St. Padre Pio said: “the rosary is the weapon of defense and salvation…..The weapon given us by Mary to use against the tricks of the infernal enemy.” He also said: “Pray the rosary frequently. It costs so little, and it’s worth so much!”
“Our Dearest Blessed Mother, may we understand and truly believe in the power of your rosary. Your rosary is where you come to meet us and shower us with graces from God. Give us eyes and hearts of great faith, so that we may depend on you, Our Heavenly Mother, in all things and in every aspect of our lives. Oh, Mother Mary, how few of us know of the many splendid gifts that dwell in your Heart. These are gifts that you want to shower on your children, but so few ask for them. We humbly implore you, dearest Mother, that we may enter your Immaculate Heart to receive the Light of God. When we enter your Immaculate Heart, may we always leave our anxieties, burdens, pains, frustrations, and hurts there in your Heart, giving all these burdens to you, for we know you will take care of them for us. May we always remember that the loving and joyful gifts of Our Mother frees Her children. Amen.
A thought for the Month of September...
Meditation for September
In this month we honor Our Lady of Sorrows. All of us who are mothers know how much we can suffer for the love of our children. When we contemplate Our Blessed mother, the Mother of Jesus Christ the Savior of the world, there is no pain that can compare to her pain. She was pure and never sinned yet she saw her Son being tortured and killed in a most brutal, merciless way imaginable. She had said yes to God's will, not knowing what that will would be, besides knowing that she was to be the Mother of the Son of God. From that point on, she put her complete trust in God's wisdom and care. Let us learn from her and do as she did. We can strive to be in union with her, and intrusting everything to her, she will teach us how to trust in Our heavenly Father in every circumstance.
Prayer for Union to the Sorrowful Mother.
"My sweet and sorrowful Mother, I consecrate to you all that I am and all that I have, every beat of my heart, every breath that I take, every blink of my eyes, every thought that I think, every word that I say, every step that I take, every work that I do, every joy, every sorrow, every tear , every smile, every suffering, every pain, every contradiction, every disillusion. I offer you all my weaknesses, faults and sins. Every instant of my life, sweet Mother, I offer to you, to be one with you with Jesus, in your Immaculate Heart, in such a way that even when I am not aware of this union, I will implore night and day, the salvation of all souls, especially those of the dying. My Dear Mother, never let me depart from you until the day God calls me home. I belong to you forever, in order to more perfectly belong to Jesus Christ your Son, and our Savior. Amen"
A thought for the Month of August...
During the month of August, the Church honors the Assumption of Our Blessed Mother with Her entrance into Heaven. This month is also devoted to Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament. What a great opportunity for us to reflect on both Mother and the Son; our hope and our salvation!
Let us honor them both in a special way by appreciating the gifts and offer them our gratitude and love. Visiting Jesus during Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, and praying the Most Holy Rosary, given to us by Our Heavenly Mother, will be two ways very pleasing to them! When before Jesus’ presence, let us talk to Him about our fears, troubles, sorrows, and joys. We can give all our concerns, sufferings and cares to Jesus and Mary. They are always waiting to help us.
What follows is a beautiful quote from Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta:
"Jesus wants us all to come to Him in the Blessed Sacrament. He is in there in
person just waiting for you. Nowhere on earth are you more welcome, nowhere
on earth are you more loved than by Jesus, living and truly present in the
Blessed Sacrament. The time you spend with the Blessed Sacrament is the best
time you will spend on earth. Each moment you spend with Jesus will deepen
your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and
beautiful in Heaven and will help bring about an everlasting peace on
This prayer came from the heart of someone after reading Mother Teresa ‘s reflection on the Blessed Sacrament:
Praise You Sweet Jesus, Our Glorious King and Savior! You are so awesome
and magnificent! Yet, in all your Majesty and Glory, you humble Yourself
and come to us, through the holy hands of your priests, and nestle in the
Host, a simple and humble wafer transformed into and filled with the glory
of God!! May we adore You always in Your Sacrament of Love. AMEN
A thought for the Month of July...
An Offering of the Precious Blood for the Dying
As we begin the month of July, we are invited by Holy Mother Church to reflect on the price paid for our redemption. In the words of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, “The Blood of Christ is the pledge of God’s faithful love for humankind. By gazing at the wounds of the Crucified Christ, each man, even in conditions of abject moral poverty, can say: ‘God has not abandoned me, He loves me, He gave His life for me….’” That priceless ransom opened the doors of Heaven to all humanity. The love our Lord Jesus has for us is so great that He paid the ultimate price for our redemption. In 1 John 1:7, we read that “… the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, purifies us from all sin.” Only because of the shedding of His Precious Blood on the Cross do we have the ability to gain eternal salvation. According to St. Thomas Aquinas, “the Precious Blood was the key to the heavenly paradise.”
During July, the month dedicated to the Precious Blood of our Lord and Savior, we pray for all our suffering brethren who are waiting for their final hour here on this side of eternity to come to a close. May it console them to know that their suffering is not in vain, and may they be aware that at the hour of death, the Precious Blood of Christ will accomplish a great victory through the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. May our prayers on their behalf help them to remember the words of St. Bernard: “The Blood of Jesus Christ speaks with trumpet tones, not of the judgment of God, but of His mercies.” May those words give peace and comfort to the dying as we pray:
Heart of Jesus, once in agony, have mercy on the dying. O most merciful Jesus, Lover of souls, I pray Thee, by the agony of Your most Sacred Heart, and by the sorrows of Your Immaculate Mother, cleanse in Your Own Precious Blood the sinners of the whole world who are now in their agony and are to die this day. Amen.
A Thought for the Month of June...
This is the month of June, devoted to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, a most wonderful time for us to honor His most Sacred Heart, a Heart that burns with such a fiery love for us! Jesus appeared numerous times to a young novice in France, Margaret Mary Alacoque, revealing His Sacred Heart as a symbol of His love for mankind, saying: “Behold this Heart which has so loved men that it has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming itself, in order to testify its love. In return, I receive from the greater part only ingratitude, by their irreverence and sacrileges, and by the coldness and contempt they have for me in this sacrament of love….I come into the heart I have given you in order that through your fervor you may atone for the offenses which I have received from lukewarm and slothful hearts that dishonor me in the Blessed Sacrament.”
Jesus revealed to St. Margaret Mary twelve promises for those who honor His Sacred Heart. In His twelfth, Jesus said: “In the excess of the mercy of My Heart, I promise you that My all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays for 9 consecutive months, the grace of final repentance; they will not die in My displeasure, nor without receiving the Sacraments; My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.” What beautiful promises Jesus gives us!
For the dying, the hour of death is truly the most crucial and important time in every person’s life. The dying are the most forgotten souls. To quote from the “Words of Comfort for the Dying” booklet: “With these prayers and meditations, we will draw from the furnace of Divine Love, the trust and consolation a soul is in most need of at the critical moment of death, when eternity is right there at the door. How great must be the need for a dying person to hear about God’s most gracious Mercy…how consoling to their heart and soul.”
May we console Our Dear Jesus, especially during this month of June, for the outrages, sacrileges, disrespect, blasphemies, and profanations committed against His Sacred Heart, His Blessed Sacrament, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. May we also offer up all those who will die during this month, uniting them to the Sweet and Merciful Heart of Jesus, praying for their salvation. May we strive this month to visit Jesus during Exposition of His Blessed Sacrament at Adoration. Our King of Love is always waiting for us.
Divine Savior, let us honor the sufferings of Your Most Sacred Heart. Accept, we beg you, the sufferings of the human heart and unit it to Yours for the salvation of those who are leaving this world today. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, by the merits of your suffering, have mercy on the dying.
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