Too many words. What is missing is love, foremost love of God. Jesus assures, "My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
Yesterday I read a message purported to be given by Jesus to a visionary and passed on to the public. Was it actually Jesus speaking? I don’t know. I read them and can only judge if they are in accordance with the Church, that is Holy Scripture, and Big T "Tradition." I also apply a more homey test; do they melt into my soul like butter on pancakes? I pray all else fall out of my head, leaving me to be at peace.
The message of October 26, 2013 did strike a chord in me with a resonance of Truth. Whether they came from Jesus may remain a mystery, but you can judge whether they are in accordance with God’s Word and something Jesus might be want to say to the people of our age:
"These days, mankind has come to regard himself as the source of all good. Consequently, he trusts only in himself and his own efforts. He does not look for the grace of My Provision, which is often overlooked or hidden in the problems of the present moment." "My Provision is always present, complete and perfect towards the soul’s salvation. The soul can follow his human inclinations, evil suggestions or Divine Inspiration. The free will choice is his to make. But I always provide the grace to choose according to My Father’s Divine Will. If you learn to trust in My Provision, you will also learn to look for it." ————————- "
Divine Mercy 101
- DM 101: Week 1 – What is Divine Mercy?
- DM 101: Week 2 – Mercy is God’s Greatest Attribute
- DM 101: Week 3 – The Genesis Story of Divine Mercy
- DM 101: Week 4 – Moses and the God of Mercy
- DM 101: Week 5 – Divine Mercy in the Psalms
- DM 101: Week 6 – Divine Mercy in the Prophets
- DM 101: Week 7 – Divine Mercy in the New Testament
- DM 101: Week 8 – St. Luke: The Gospel of Mercy
- DM 101: Week 9 – The Parables of Divine Mercy
- DM 101: Week 10 – The Good Shepherd Rejoices!
- DM 101: Week 11 – The Father of the Prodigal Son
- DM 101: Week 12 – Mercy is for Everyone!
- DM 101: Week 13 – The Cross and The Resurrection
- DM 101: Week 14 – The Mercy Message of St. Peter and St. Paul
- DM 101: Week 15 – The Life of St. Augustine
- DM 101: Week 16 – St. Augustine on Divine Mercy
- DM 101: Week 17 – The God of Both Justice and Mercy
- DM 101: Week 18 – St. Thomas Aquinas on the Virtue of Mercy
- DM 101: Week 19 – Aquinas Defines Divine Mercy
- DM 101: Week 20 – The Saving Work of the Son of God
- DM 101: Week 21 – A Superabundant Satisfaction for Sin
- DM 101: Week 22 – Aquinas on Mercy, Judgment, and Mary
- DM 101: Week 23 – St. Thomas Aquinas — St. Catherine of Siena
- DM 101: Week 24 – The Spirituality of St. Catherine of Siena
- DM 101: Week 25 – The Bridge of Mercy — and Canticle of Mercy
- DM 101: Week 26 – Divine Mercy Greater Than Sin and Despair
- DM 101: Week 27 – St. Bonaventure on St. Francis of Assisi
- DM 101: Week 28 – The Little Flowers of St. Francis
- DM 101: Week 29 – St. Bonaventure and The Tree of Life
- DM 101: Week 30 – St. John Eudes and The Merciful Heart of Jesus
- DM 101: Week 31 – The Sacred Heart and The Divine Mercy
- DM 101: Week 32 – St. Margaret Mary and The Sacred Heart
- DM 101: Week 33 – The Spirituality of St. Alphonsus Liguori
- DM 101: Week 34 – St. Alphonsus Liguori’s
- DM 101: Week 35 – The Life of St. Therese of Lisieux:
- DM 101: Week 36 – Stop to Appreciate the ‘Little Flower’
- DM 101: Week 37 – Divine Mercy in the Autobiography of St. Therese
- DM 101: Week 38 – The Early Life of Bl. Dina Belanger of Quebec
- DM 101: Week 39 – The Spiritual Formation of Bl. Dina
- DM 101: Week 40 – Kindred Spirits in the Eucharist
- DM 101: Week 41 – Compare the Teachings of St. Faustina and Bl. Dina
- DM 101: Week 42 – Jesus Enables Us to Trust in Him!
- DM 101: Week 43 – The Life of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska: Apostle of Divine Mercy
- DM 101: Week 44 – The Message of Mercy in the Diary of St. Faustina
- DM 101: Week 45 – The Mercy Devotion Spreads — is Banned — and Spreads Again!
- DM 101: Week 46 – The Chaplet Sets the Philippines Free! — and the First Papal Visit to St. Faustina’s Tomb
- DM 101: Week 47 – Image, Feast, and a New Millenium of Mercy!
- DM 101: Week 48 – The Divine Mercy Legacy of Pope John Paul II
- DM 101: Week 49 – The Pope and St. Faustina’s Prophetic Revelations for our Time
- DM 101: Week 50 – Divine Mercy: A Personal Encounter with Our Savior Himself
- DM 101: Week 51 – Divine Mercy in Catholic Tradition: Conclusion
- The Image of The Divine Mercy (Part One) – Divine Mercy 101: Elements of the Devotion
- The Image of The Divine Mercy (Part Two) – Divine Mercy 101: Elements of the Devotion
- The Image of The Divine Mercy (Part Three) – Divine Mercy 101: Elements of the Devotion
- The Image of The Divine Mercy (Part Four) – Divine Mercy 101: Elements of the Devotion
- – Divine Mercy Sunday: What’s This Feast All About, Anyway?
The Chaplet of St. Michael
O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, etc.
[Say one Our Father and three Hail Marys after each of the following nine salutations in honor of the nine Choirs of Angels]
1. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Seraphim may the Lord make us worthy to burn with the fire of perfect charity.
2. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim may the Lord grant us the grace to leave the ways of sin and run in the paths of Christian perfection.
3. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones may the Lord infuse into our hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility.
4. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Dominations may the Lord give us grace to govern our senses and overcome any unruly passions.
5. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues may the Lord preserve us from evil and falling into temptation. Amen.
6. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Powers may the Lord protect our souls against the snares and temptations of the devil.
7. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities may God fill our souls with a true spirit of obedience. Amen.
8. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Archangels may the Lord give us perseverance in faith and in all good works in order that we may attain the glory of Heaven.
9. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Angels may the Lord grant us to be protected by them in this mortal life and conducted in the life to come to Heaven.
Say one Our Father in honor of each of the following leading Angels: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael and our Guardian Angel.
O glorious prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King and our admirable conductor, you who shine with excellence and superhuman virtue deliver us from all evil, who turn to you with confidence and enable us by your gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every day.
Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ, that we may be made worthy of His promises.
Almighty and Everlasting God, Who, by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, has appointed the most glorious Archangel St. Michael Prince of Your Church, make us worthy, we ask You, to be delivered from all our enemies, that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that we may be conducted by him into Your Presence.This we ask through the merits of
Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Please pray for Deacon Ken Hill who is now facing his last hours:
We commend to Thee, Lord, the soul of Thy Deacon, Kenneth Hill, and we pray Thee, Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, that as in mercy to him Thou became man, so now Thou would be pleased to admit him to the bosom of Thy patriarchs. Remember, Lord, he is Thy creature, not made by strange gods, but by Thee, the only living and true God; for there is no other but Thee, and none can equal Thy work. Let his soul rejoice in Thy presence, and remember not his former iniquities. For although he has sinned, yet he has always firmly believed in the Father, Son and Holy Ghost; he has had a zeal for Thy honor, and faithfully adored Thee as his God, and Creator of all things. Remember not, Lord, we pray Thee, the sins of his youth, but according to Thy great mercy, be mindful of him in Thy Heavenly glory. Let the heavens be opened to him, and the angels rejoice with him. Let the archangel St. Michael, whom Thou didst appoint the chief of the heavenly host, conduct him. Let the holy angels come out to meet him, and carry him to the city of heavenly Jerusalem. Let blessed Peter the apostle, to whom God gave the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, receive him. Let St. Paul the apostle, who was a vessel of election, assist him. Let St. John the beloved disciple, to whom the secrets of Heaven were revealed, intercede for him. Let all the holy apostles, who received from Jesus Christ the power of binding and loosing, pray for him. Let all the saints and elect of God, who in this world have suffered torments in the name of Christ, intercede for him; that he may be admitted into the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who with Thee and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, world without end. Amen.Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary
May Mary the most merciful Virgin Mother of God, kindest comforter of them that mourn, commend to her Son the soul of this His servant , that through her maternal intercession, he may overcome the dread of death and, with her as guide, joyfully reach his longed-for home in the heavenly fatherland.R. Amen.
Prayer to St. Joseph
To thee I have recourse, St. Joseph, Patron of the dying; and to thee, at whose blessed death watchfully assisted Jesus and Mary, by both these dearest pledges I earnestly recommend the soul of this servant in the sufferings of his last agony, that he may by your protection be delivered from the snares of the devil and from eternal death, and may merit to attain everlasting joy. Through the same Christ our Lord.R. Amen.
H/T Divineoffice.org From a letter attributed to Barnabas The new law of our Lord
God has abolished the sacrifices of the old law so that the new law of our Lord Jesus Christ, which does not bind by slavish compulsion, might have an offering not made by man. On another occasion he says to them: When I brought your forefathers out of Egypt, I gave them no commands about burnt offerings and sacrifices. I said not a word about them. What I did command was this: Do not contrive any evil against one another, and do not love perjury.
We are not stupid; surely we ought to understand our Father’s kindly purpose in this. He does not want us to go astray as they did, nor to ask how we are to approach him. Here is what he says to us: The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken heart; the fragrance pleasing to the Lord is a soul that gives glory to its Maker. You see, my brothers, we must carefully seek after our own salvation; otherwise, one who is bent on deceiving us will insinuate himself and turn us aside from the path that leads to life.
God spoke of this once again when he said to them: On such a day you are keeping a fast that will not carry your cry to heaven. Is it that sort of fast that I require, a day of mortification like that? But to us he says: Is it not this that I demand of you as a fast—loose the fetters of injustice, untie the knots of all contracts that involve extortion, set free those who have been crushed, tear up every unjust agreement. Share your food with the starving; when you meet a naked man, give him clothing; welcome the homeless into your house.
Accordingly, we must flee from all vanity and show an utter hatred for the deeds of the evil way. Do not turn inward and live only for yourselves as though already assured of salvation; join together rather and seek the common good. For, as Scripture says: Shame on those who are wise in their own judgment and think themselves clever. Rather, let us become spiritual; let us be a perfect dwelling place for God. As far as we can, we should dwell upon the fear of God and strive to keep his commandments, finding our delight in his observances. The Lord will judge the world without respect to persons; everyone will receive his just deserts; if he has been good, his good works will go before him; if wicked, the wages of sin will lie in wait for him. We must never relax our efforts as though our calling were already realized. Never let us fall asleep in a state of sin, lest the prince of wickedness gain power over us and snatch us away from the kingdom of the Lord.
My brothers, grasp this further point: You see the Israelites rejected, even after the many signs and wonders worked among them; let us then see to it that we are not found among those of whom Scripture says: Many are called, but few are chosen.
Your eyes are upon
Your lowly servant.
I have a sense
Of being with You
This day in Paradise.
I know you are here
In the Flesh
For these holy moments,
And, by my Baptism and Confirmation,
By character and grace
In Your Holy Spirit.
Amen to all you choose
To do in me.
I am Yours.
Make me a cleansed vessel
A vessel covered in gold
Fit for Your service,
A chalice full
I pray, I wait, I obey.
Holy, holy,holy Lord.
©2013 Joann Nelander