Wednesday, July 16, 2014

These Stone Walls: A Lesson in Trust

Midway in our Consoling the Heart of Jesus retreat in prison, Fr Seraphim Michalenko, Director of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, fulfilled Hebrews 13:3.
Some strange and interesting things are happening behind These Stone Walls this summer, and it’s a task and a half to stay ahead of them and reflect a little so I can write of them. In too many ways to describe, we sometimes feel swept off our feet by the intricate threads of connection that are being woven, and sometimes revealed.
I wasn’t even going to have a post for this week. I spent the last ten days immersed in a major writing project that I just finished. I knew it would be a struggle to type a post on top of that. I also had no topic. Absolutely nothing whatsoever came to mind. So I decided to just let readers know that I need to skip a week on TSW. Yet here I am, and it’s being written on the fly as I struggle to type it and get it in the mail in time.
The Virgin Mary giving the Scapular to Saint S...
The Virgin Mary giving the Scapular to Saint Simon Stock - by Alfonso Balzico (1825-1901) - Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What brought on this frenzy to get something posted on this midsummer day? Well, first of all I awoke this morning and looked at the calendar, and realized that the post date I decided to skip is also the Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It commemorates the apparition of our Blessed Mother to Saint Simon Stock, founder of the Carmelite Order, in the year 1215. She promised a special blessing to those who would wear her scapular. According to the explanation of this Memorial in the Daily Roman Missal, “Countless Christians have taken advantage of Our Lady’s protection.”

This is a story about a lesson in trust learned in a difficult place, but aided from a remarkable source. Please, read and share "Fr Seraphim Michalenko on a Mission of Divine Mercy." 

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