Our show on Wednesday was packed with calls – in fact, we may have reached a record!
One of our callers, Tony from Dallas, called to ask about Marian apologetics. Some of his non-Catholic friends have questions about Our Lady. No doubt, just about every Catholic has been called on at least once to explain (or defend might be a better term, depending on the attitude of the questioner) Catholic devotion to Mary.
Sr.Grace Marie mentioned Dr. Scott Hahn’s work on the Ark of the Covenant as a prefigurement of Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant. More info on that can be found here at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology (this website is also a superb resource for many other subjects). This topic, along with many others, is also covered in a book by Dr. Hahn called Hail, Holy Queen.
This is also a great time to mention EWTN’s resource library, where you can find lots of helpful information on just about every aspect of the Church’s teaching. Go here to see their section on Our Lady. There are many great resources online for apologetics – Catholic Answers and Taylor Marshall’s blog being just two that come to mind. And of course, don’t forget a basic resource, which we sometimes overlook: The Catechism of the Catholic Church. There may be a tendency among Catholics to assume it’s just a dry, boring read, but the Catechism is packed with beauty because it’s packed with Truth – and if they’re authentic, the two are always found together. If you don’t have your own copy you need to get one, but you can also read it all online at the Vatican’s website here.
Apologetics can be intimidating for many of us, but try not to look at it as a debate or a battle you must win. Try falling more in love with our Catholic faith, you’ll naturally want to learn more, read more. Think about it this way: when you love someone, you naturally want to learn more about them; without even thinking about it you tend to talk about them. Encourage your love of Christ’s Church and immerse yourself in the beauty of Truth. Then apologetics may become much less about convincing the “enemy” and much more about speaking the Truth in love.
Say a prayer for our beloved Mother Angelica – she is 92 today! And what beautiful things she has done for God in those 92 years. May she receive a return of the consolation and joy that she has provided for so many through her life of prayer, and her unshakeable trust in God’s Divine Providence. We love you Reverend Mother!
Through these wounds, as in a light-filled opening, we can see the entire mystery of Christ and of God: his Passion, his earthly life – filled with compassion for the weak and the sick – his incarnation in the womb of Mary. And we can retrace the whole history of salvation: the prophecies – especially about the Servant of the Lord, the Psalms, the Law and the Covenant; to the liberation from Egypt, to the first Passover and to the blood of the slaughtered lambs; and again from the Patriarchs to Abraham, and then all the way back to Abel, whose blood cried out from the earth. All of this we can see in the wounds of Jesus, crucified and risen; with Mary, in her Magnificat, we can perceive that, “His mercy extends from generation to generation” (cf. Lk 1:50).
Many question in their hearts: why a Jubilee of Mercy today? Simply because the Church, in this time of great historical change, is called to offer more evident signs of God’s presence and closeness. This is not the time to be distracted; on the contrary, we need to be vigilant and to reawaken in ourselves the capacity to see what is essential. This is a time for the Church to rediscover the meaning of the mission entrusted to her by the Lord on the day of Easter: to be a sign and an instrument of the Father’s mercy (cf. Jn 20:21-23).
Today bring to Me SOULS WHO HAVE BECOME LUKEWARM, and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: ‘Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will.’ For them, the last hope of salvation is to run to My mercy.
Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love, let these tepid souls, who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen.
On this week’s episode of A Good Habit we were joined by Dr. David Delaney, doctor of systematic theology and founder and director of the Mother of the Americas Institute. Since it was the anniversary of St. John Paul II’s funeral, and since this Sunday the Church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday, it was the perfect time to discuss JPII and the importance of the Divine Mercy message, to which he had such deep devotion.
The topic of Divine Mercy is a popular one, and we got lots of emails during the show asking about the Divine Mercy grace and the plenary indulgence the Church has attached to this feast day. Please read this article for an explanation of the difference between the Continue reading →
Today bring to Me THE SOULS WHO ARE DETAINED IN PURGATORY, and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. Let the torrents of My Blood cool down their scorching flames. All these souls are greatly loved by Me. They are making retribution to My justice. It is in your power to bring them relief. Draw all the indulgences from the treasury of My Church and offer them on their behalf. Oh, if you only knew the torments they suffer, you would continually offer for them the alms of the spirit and pay off their debt to My justice.
Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet, who must make retribution to Your justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of Purgatory, that there, too, the power of Your mercy may be celebrated.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was flooded: Manifest Your mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way but only through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion. Amen.