Mother Mary said at Fatima: "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the sure way which will lead you to God." St. Thomas Aquinas said: "The things we love tell us who we are!" With that in mind, I will try to post each day something about Our Blessed Lady, items about the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and public domain Catholic books too! I pray you enjoy my ministry!
Below are two albums of pictures that I created:
1. Our grand daughter Adrianna.
2. Tears of Mary!
MARY, OUR MOTHER
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Mary TV Daily Reflection 4/26/2014
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April 26, 2014
Divine Mercy Novena Day 9
Dear Family of Mary!
On this last day of the Divine Mercy Novena, we
encounter the saddest of all Christ's requests of St. Faustina. He
shares with her His most painful wound, a wound caused by the hearts of
people who should understand His love and their great debt to Him, but
instead treat this love with tepidity and sloth.
and I wondered today about Catholics and Mass attendance. It seems that
in the US only about 30% to 40% of all Catholics go to weekly Sunday Mass.
In Ireland the numbers are similar. We know in Europe it is even less.
This little statistic demonstrates the reality of lukewarm souls. For
all those who may not yet "know" the love of God, we pray today, and for
souls who have lost their taste for God or maybe have never really
tasted Him! Especially on this day when the celebration begins of the
Canonization of two powerful Popes of our times, who set evangelization
as a top priority, we pray with great hope that these souls will be
awakened to the love that knocks upon the doors of their hearts.
"Today bring to Me the 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."
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.
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.
Let us pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy!
Our Lady once said:
children! I look at you and I see in your heart death without hope,
restlessness and hunger. There is no prayer or trust in God, that is why
the Most High permits me to bring you hope and joy. Open yourselves.
Open your hearts to God's mercy and He will give you everything you need
and will fill your hearts with peace, because He is peace and your
hope. Thank you for having responded to my call." (November 25, 2010)
Pope John Paul II wrote in "Dives In Misericordia" n. 8:
precisely as the crucified one, is the Word that does not pass away,
and He is the one who stands at the door and knocks at the heart of
every man, without restricting his freedom, but instead seeking to draw
from this very freedom love, which is not only an act of solidarity
with the suffering Son of man, but also a kind of "mercy" shown by each
one of us to the Son of the eternal Father. In the whole of this
messianic program of Christ, in the whole revelation of mercy through
the cross, could man's dignity be more highly respected and ennobled,
for, in obtaining mercy, He is in a sense the one who at the same time
"shows mercy"? In a word, is not this the position of Christ with regard
to man when He says: "As you did it to one of the least of these...you
did it to me"? Do not the words of the Sermon on the Mount: "Blessed
are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy," constitute, in a
certain sense, a synthesis of the whole of the Good News, of the whole
of the "wonderful exchange" (admirable commercium) contained therein?
This exchange is a law of the very plan of salvation, a law which is
simple, strong and at the same time "easy." Demonstrating from the very
start what the "human heart" is capable of ("to be merciful"), do not
these words from the Sermon on the Mount reveal in the same perspective
the deep mystery of God: that inscrutable unity of Father, Son and Holy
Spirit, in which love, containing justice, sets in motion mercy, which
in its turn reveals the perfection of justice?
Paschal Mystery is Christ at the summit of the revelation of the
inscrutable mystery of God. It is precisely then that the words
pronounced in the Upper Room are completely fulfilled: "He who has seen
me has seen the Father." In fact, Christ, whom the Father "did not
spare" for the sake of man and who in His passion and in the torment of
the cross did not obtain human mercy, has revealed in His resurrection
the fullness of the love that the Father has for Him and, in Him, for
all people. "He is not God of the dead, but of the living." In His
resurrection Christ has revealed the God of merciful love, precisely
because He accepted the cross as the way to the resurrection. And it is
for this reason that-when we recall the cross of Christ, His passion and
death-our faith and hope are centered on the Risen One.
can a soul remain lukewarm, when Christ knocks on the door of his
heart? When a soul perceives the great mercy Christ has shown, how can
that soul not have "mercy" on Christ, by loving Him in return? May the
merciful Savior knock and knock, until all hearts have been set on fire
with His love. Dear St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII, pray with us
for these souls!!