Monthly Archives: April 2011

Hour of Mercy: Divine Mercy Novena, Day 4

Let the crucifix be not only in my eyes and on my breast, but in my heart.
O Jesus! Release all my affections and draw them upwards. Let my crucified heart sink forever into yours and bury itself in the mysterious wound made by the entry of the lance.

I fly to Your Mercy, Compassionate God, Who alone are good. Although my misery is great and my offenses are many, I trust in Your Mercy because You are the God of Mercy, and it has never been heard of in all ages, nor do Heaven or Earth remember, that a soul trusting in Your Mercy has been disappointed.

(State your intentions)

__ Jesus, Friend of a lonely heart, You are my haven.
You are my peace.
You are my salvation.
You are my serenity in moments of struggle and amidst an ocean of doubts.
Amen

“Today bring to Me those who do not believe in God and those who do not know Me,

I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforted My Heart. Immerse them in the ocean of My mercy.”

Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in God and of those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in You, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

*Our Lord’s original words here were “the pagans.” Since the pontificate of Pope John XXIII, the Church has seen fit to replace this term with clearer and more appropriate terminology.

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Protestants are “Sad, You See. . . . “

Because they don’t believe in the Eucharist.

I happened to hear a Baptist minister on a local church broadcast this morning talking about the Sadducees. Of course, the standard Protestant thing is that that Sadducees were “sad, you see, because they didn’t believe in the Resurrection.” The problem is that they leave out *why* the Sadducees didn’t believe in the Resurrection (Scott Hahn and Marcus Grodi often talk about things that Protestants conveniently ignore): The Sadducees believed in Sola Scriptura. The Sadducees were the Fundamentalists of first century Judaism. They didn’t accept anything as God’s revelation except the Torah–specifically and literally. If a doctrine was not explicitly outlined in the five books of the Law of Moses, the Sadducees didn’t believe in it. They also insisted on using the Hebrew version of Scripture, rather than the Septuagint.

The Pharisees taught Scripture + Tradition, and they taught scriptural interpretation. That’s why Jesus spent more time arguing with Pharisees than He did with Sadducees–the Pharisees were worth arguing with, and we know at least some of them (Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimathea) agreed with Him.

Given that background knowledge, it is very funny to listen to Fundamentalist Christians criticize the Sadducees for teaching _sola Scriptura_ yet avoid the fact. The Sadducees didn’t believe in the Resurrection, angels, etc., because these things were not found in the Torah explicitly. They rejected Jesus’ teaching because Jesus was saying things that weren’t found in the written law. The Sadducees were the guys going up to Jesus and saying, “Where’s that in the Bible??”

Hour of Mercy: Divine Mercy Novena Day 3

I kiss the wounds in Your sacred Head with sorrow deep and true;
May every thought of mine this day be an act of love for You.

I kiss the wounds in Your sacred hands with sorrow deep and true;
May every touch of my hands this day be an act of love for You.

I kiss the wounds in Your sacred feet with sorrow deep and true;
May every step I take this day be an act of love for You.

I kiss the wounds in Your sacred side with sorrow deep and true;
May every beat of my heart this day be an act of love for You.

I fly to Your Mercy, Compassionate God, Who alone are good. Although my misery is great and my offenses are many, I trust in Your Mercy because You are the God of Mercy, and it has never been heard of in all ages, nor do Heaven or Earth remember, that a soul trusting in Your Mercy has been disappointed.

(State your intentions)

__ Jesus, Friend of a lonely heart, You are my haven.
You are my peace.
You are my salvation.
You are my serenity in moments of struggle and amidst an ocean of doubts.
Amen

“Today bring to Me all Devout and Faithful Souls,

and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. These souls brought me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were a 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 wondrous 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.

Hour of Mercy: Divine Mercy Novena, Day 2

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water flowing from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O, Good Jesus, hear me.
Within thy wounds hide me
Permit me not to be separated from thee
From the wicked foe defend me
At the hour of my death call me
And bid me come to thee
That with thy saints I may praise thee

I fly to Your Mercy, Compassionate God, Who alone are good. Although my misery is great and my offenses are many, I trust in Your Mercy because You are the God of Mercy, and it has never been heard of in all ages, nor do Heaven or Earth remember, that a soul trusting in Your Mercy has been disappointed.

(State your intentions)

__ Jesus, Friend of a lonely heart, You are my haven.
You are my peace.
You are my salvation.
You are my serenity in moments of struggle and amidst an ocean of doubts.
Amen

“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.

* In the original text, Saint Faustina uses the pronoun “us” since she was offering this prayer as a consecrated religious sister. The wording adapted here is intended to make the prayer suitable for universal use.

Lenten Poetry Series: Kathleen Raine’s “Sorrow’

“Sorrow is true for everyone–a word
That illiterate men may read
By divining in the heat
God’s human name, and natural shroud.

Sorrow is deep and vast–we travel on
As far as pain can penetrate, to the end
Of power and possibility; to find
The contours of the world, with heaven aligned
Upon infinity; the shape of man!”

Trees aren’t the only things worth saving?

Hour of Mercy: Divine Mercy Novena, Day 1


Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus, while I place my heart before You and ask you to fill it with a deep and lively faith, hope, charity and a true repentance for my sins. Help me never to sin again. I contemplate Your five most precious wounds, having before my eyes that which the Prophet David spoke long ago concerning You: “They have pierced my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones.”

I fly to Your Mercy, Compassionate God, Who alone are good. Although my misery is great and my offenses are many, I trust in Your Mercy because You are the God of Mercy, and it has never been heard of in all ages, nor do Heaven or Earth remember, that a soul trusting in Your Mercy has been disappointed.

(State your intentions)

__ Jesus, Friend of a lonely heart, You are my haven.
You are my peace.
You are my salvation.
You are my serenity in moments of struggle and amidst an ocean of doubts.
Amen

“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.