Divine Mercy Novena – Day 3

The Angelus,  Jean-Francois Millet, 1859

Third Day:

Today bring to Me ALL DEVOUT AND FAITHFUL SOULS, and immerse then in the ocean of My mercy. The souls brought Me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were that drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness. 

Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy, You impart Your graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from It. We beg this grace of You by that most wonderous love for the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless mercy for endless ages. Amen.

 

Divine Mercy Novena – Day 2

Albrecht Durer, The Adoration of the Holy Trinity (Landauer Altar), 1511

Second Day:

Today bring to Me THE SOULS OF PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS, and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave Me strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them as through channels My mercy flows out upon mankind.

Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men and women consecrated to Your service, that they may perform worthy works of mercy; and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard—upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end. Amen.

 

 

Divine Mercy Novena – Day 1

Altichiero da Zevio, Crucifixion of Christ, 1380-84

First Day:

 Today bring to Me ALL MANKIND, ESPECIALLY ALL SINNERS, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me.

Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. Amen.

For more information on how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet click here.

 

The power of Christ’s Blood

4.-MS-M.472,-fol.-131vFrom the Catecheses by St. John Chrysostom

If we wish to understand the power of Christ’s blood, we should go back to the ancient account of its prefiguration in Egypt. Sacrifice a lamb without blemish, commanded Moses, and sprinkle its blood on your doors. If we were to ask him what he meant, and how the blood of an irrational beast could possibly save men endowed with reason, his answer would be that the saving power lies not in the blood itself, but in the fact that it is a sign of the Lord’s blood. In those days, when the destroying angel saw the blood on the doors he Continue reading

Monday, multiplied

Christ's Entry into Jerusalem by Hippolyte Flandrin c. 1842The holiest week of the entire year began yesterday with Palm Sunday.  We are drawing ever closer to the consummation of Lent, actually of the whole liturgical year: The Paschal Mystery of Our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection.  (Click here for Pope Francis’ Palm Sunday homily.)  The Palm Sunday Mass here at Our Lady of the Atonement was solemn, beautiful,  and filled with incense and beautiful music.  It was an incredible way to begin  our Holy Week journey to Calvary.

So what happens between now and Holy Thursday? Monday and Tuesday of Holy Week never seem to get much attention.  All the action begins on Sunday, and then we often  don’t hear much again until the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper.  What does Monday of Holy Week look like?  I’ll tell you, because this is where we leave the somber beauty of Holy Week behind and enter the nitty-gritty realities of daily life:  It looks like a typical Monday, MULTIPLIED.  What do we mean by that?

 

The crowning glory of it all, though, of which we, regrettably, do not have a photo, was when I picked our dog, Mia, up so she could pass over the puddles rather than through them, and in her excitement at going on a car ride (clearly this was before she heard anything about vets and rectal thermometers) she squirmed right out of my arms and fell.  Luckily for the dog, her fall was cushioned by an unexpected object.  Unfortunately for Sr. Grace Marie, she was the object.  She had bent down to pick up an envelope before opening the door and Mia fell right on her neck.  Yeah, her neck.  Right where she has those titanium plates. Ouch.

So, if that was Monday of Holy Week I can only imagine what Tuesday and Wednesday will be like.  Actually, I’d rather not think about it…

Show Notes – A Good Habit 4/9/14

A Good Habit Show NotesOn Wednesday’s show we encouraged everyone in the San Antonio area to make plans to see Fr. Mitch Pacwa at the Divine Mercy Weekend April 25-27.  Go to www.divinemercyweekendsa.org for more information on the event and to get tickets.

Sr. Grace Marie talked about a blog post by Matthew Warner, (reprinted in the National Catholic Register): Seven Steps to a Holier Life from Mother Theresa.  The post can be found here.

Some of you had some great questions about the Easter Triduum and when Lent officially ends.  Properly speaking, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends the evening of Holy Thursday before the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.  That doesn’t mean you can haul out the chocolate and steak yet, though, because the fast continues through Holy Saturday, which is the 40th day of the Lenten fast (it’s technically the 46th day, but all Sundays are a celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection, thus they are not days of penance and fasting and don’t make up part of the 40 day count).

The Easter Triduum, or Paschal Triduum, is part of the 40 days of Lent, but it is its own liturgical season.  From the USCCB’s website: The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ’s Paschal Mystery.

The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.

The liturgical services that take place during the Triduum are:

  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper
  • Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion
  • Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord

Lastly, the quote Sr. Grace Marie read from one of her favorite saints (whom she quotes a lot):

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.
-St. Francis de Sales

That’s good advice as we near the end of our Lenten journey through the desert.

 

Comfort food, Comfort folks

It’s official – we LOVE Comfort! Saturday was a great day – not just because our soap was a success, but because we met so many wonderful people. Thank you to everyone who came out to support us and Nonnavita, we are so grateful to each and every one of you. We will be talking about this day for a long time to come, and we feel privileged to have had the opportunity to meet so many kind and welcoming folks.

Check out our cool gifts from Jesse at the Comfort Chamber of Commerce (that’s him in the photo with us):

We found Comfort in Texas

The next time you’re in Comfort and need a pick me up get yourself over to High’s Cafe and Store for coffee and a scone (and there’s plenty more on the menu if you’re hungry). You’ll soon find out why it’s the most popular spot in town. Denise and her crew will make you feel so at home, you’ll forget you’re from out-of-town. Thank you so much, Denise, for so graciously inviting us to set up shop at High’s during the Fruhlingsfest. We had a blast!

Denise and the Nuns