Divine Mercy

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Saint Louis de Montfort Catholic Community in Fishers, Indiana

What is Divine Mercy you ask? It is pretty deep, like the ocean. In a couple sentences, Mercy is the fact that God LOVES us unconditionally! Divine Mercy is the fact that no sin can out weigh God’s love and forgiveness.

This weekend is the Second Sunday of Easter called Divine Mercy in the liturgy. Pope John Paul II not only died on the eve of this prominent feast day but actually declared the feast and dedicated his life work to it. Divine Mercy is the ability to gather God’s graces! If you do one thing this weekend, find a church and step inside! I know I will, many miles away from our home town parish.

Saint Faustina Kowalska was declared a Saint in the year 2000 by Pope Saint John Paul II. The feast day of Saint Faustina is celebrated on October 5 the same day my husband and I were married in 1991. It is also the same day my parents were engaged to be married, many years prior. I vividly recall my mom mentioning the prominence of that date every year as we celebrate our sacramental wedding anniversary. For that reason, I have a profound connection to Saint Faustina, the first Saint that ever wrote about Divine Mercy.

Today, I explained to our daughter the prominence of the Divine Mercy image. It is entirely providence that while we were sitting by the ocean the sun was shining with beaming rays. In the Divine Mercy image the ray of red represents the blood of Jesus and light blue represents the water that He shed when He died for our sins. His love is truly deeper than the ocean and it was then that I realized, we were sitting by the ocean of God’s unfathomable love!! There was no denying it.

The significane of Divine Mercy this weekend is not by chance. I guess I am a visual person! I needed the ocean. I personally gave to God all that weighed on my heart. And, it was then that He provided! God always has something far greater in mind when we let go of whatever it is that we hold onto. Why not let your test become your testimony? My prayer is that the world will know the LOVE of God as deep and as wide as the ocean. Say it: Jesus, I trust in you.

Amen.

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The sunrise in southern Florida with rays piercing over the ocean of God’s love. April 2, 2016.

 

SoulCore is HIGH DEFINITION prayer

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This is not your regular prayer circle. It is SoulCore. This is taking prayer to a whole new level of consciousness. If you are ready for a relationship with Our Lord Jesus Christ, turn up the volume! This high definition exercise is second only to the prayer deep within your heart.

The rosary is for anyone who desires interior peace and wants to grow in virtue by meditating on the life of Christ.

You can dowload the digital exercise now. The book to be published in 2015 explains more about the mysteries in modern day terms. SoulCore is a good tool to build community because community is the cornerstone of our faith. But, community is best achieved by coming together face to face, gathering as a sacred family emulating the Holy Family.

The time and the need is now for people of all ages, not bound by sex or religious affiliation to gather together as one family. Like the tabernacle, your body is sacred, a temple of the Holy Spirit. Until you treat it as such, you will never know God fully.

SoulCore engages family members to share sacred time together, turning words into action and prayer into practice.

Is God calling you away from something and more toward Him? Only you know the answer deep within your heart. Trust in Him and believe in providence.

http://www.SoulCoreProject.com

Ineffable virtues of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

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The Sunday after Epiphany used to be when the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family, in the liturgy. The Baptism of Our Lord now concludes the Christmas season although many people have already packed up their Christmas decorations and moved on. My husband kindly reminded me last night that no one in the neighborhood has their Christmas lights on anymore, except us!

Recently, you may have heard the celebrant proclaim reverently a prayer called the collect…O Lord Jesus Christ, who when thou wast subject to Mary and Joseph didst sanctify the home life with ineffable virtues: grant that by their assistance, we may be instructed by the example of Thy Holy Family and become par takers of their eternal happiness.

So, you might ask what does ineffable mean? The Merriam-Webster definition of ineffable is too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words; not to be spoken because of its sacredness.

Virtue is established in family life. It is our duty as Baptized Christians to emulate the ineffable virtues of the Holy Family not only in our own families but in our extended families, our spiritual Church families and beyond. While we can never possibly “be” the Holy Family, they are the model for all Christian families to strive for each and every day. The Holy Family models Ineffable virtues of love, peace, purity, humility, prayerfulness, how to do God’s will, trusting in God and how to work. The challenge lies in the contemplation of how you will emulate [JMJ] Jesus, Mary and Joseph in your own life. How are the ineffable virtues of Jesus, Mary and Joseph alive in your family? The best way is to make Christ the center of your family life, by attending Sunday Mass and Holy days of Obligation as well as daily Mass, reading scripture, and frequent reception of the sacraments, all as a family unit!

Many years ago in my parish ministry role, together with our priests we orchestrated a theme for Christmas that stuck to me. It was more than a word, it was a phrase How does your family reflect the Holy Family? Our Parish gave each family a little mirror Christmas ornament with the Holy Family on it. We took it a step further by incorporating a full size mirror on the wall behind the crèche and a kneeler was placed in front of the manger scene. It was a way for all families to bend down and visualize their own holiness.

As the liturgical Christmas season comes to a close may the ineffable virtues of the Holy Family be a new beginning, a stronghold steeped forever in your heart. May we always honor Jesus, Mary and Joseph by the way we live and be open to change in our old ways.

Begin again. All you who are thirsty, come to the water! Isaiah 55:1