MERCY

The Original Painting of Divine Mercy 1934

Thank You Saint Faustina

My thought:

“The love of God and neighbor is the greatest expression of Divine Mercy.”

There is a treasure to be found in the ‘Diary of Maria Faustina Kowalska,’ explaining Heaven, Purgatory and the 7 sufferings of Hell.

Diary Entry #699:

“My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy.  I desire that Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls.  I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount o My mercy.”

Saint Faustina, pray for our current world

…and Vera, thank you for this diary that continues to transform me…

ANGELIC GUARDIAN

 Contemporary Angel Painting by Ivan Guaderrama

My Guardian Angel

Today, I honor you – Alexandria

for your constant protection against evil on my life

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The counsels and suggestions from our guardian angels come from God for our benefit.  They understand us, they are with us constantly.  They read our thoughts.  They see God always as they stand by us.

…Do you know your guardian angel by name?

It will be revealed to you if you ask…

ANGELIC MESSENGERS

Contemporary Angel Sculptures by Ivan Guaderrama

An Ancient Irish Poem Honoring

Saints Gabriel, Michael and Raphael – September 29

May Gabriel be with me on Sundays, and the power of the King of Heaven.

Michael on Monday I speak of, my mind is set on him.

If it be Tuesday, Raphael I mention, until the end comes, for my help.

These great Archangels lead the 9 choirs of angels

Gabriel, Strength of God

Michael, Defender of God’s People

Raphael, Healer for All…pray for us

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Psalm 103

“You walk on the wings of the wind, you make the winds your messengers and flashing fire on your servants.”

HAIL MARY

Head of the Madonna ca. 1509

by Franciabigio di Cristofano

Honoring the Most Holy Name of Mary – September 12

God created Mary from the beginning of Time

and She fell in love with the Word of God

becoming the supplication for our prayers to the Father.

Let us praise God for this mystery and love

sending His Son born of Mary – means of our salvation.

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In the words of Saint Louis Grignion de Montfort:

“The salvation of each individual is bound up with the Prayer:”

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you,

blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

Holy Mary, Mother of God

pray for us sinner now and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

MARY’S BIRTHDAY

The Birth of Mary – September 8

Happy Birthday!  Mother Mary

Saints Anne and Joachim gave birth to Mary in Jerusalem about 20 BC, as promised by God in Genesis 3:15:

“…the serpent’s head will be crushed by the woman’s foot.”

Although there is no mention in Holy Scripture, an account of her birth is found in the Apocryphal Protoevangelium of James:

Mary was “…born by the hands of the angels…pure and stainless, beautiful and full of grace.”

Two excerpts from “The Mystical City of God” by Venerable Mary of Agreda:

“…and Mary was in the temple of the Lord as a dove that is nurtured: and she received food from the hand of an angel.”

“…those that shall invoke Her name with devout affection shall receive most abundant graces…shall be consoled and vivified and will find in it the remedies of their evils…the light which shall guide them to heaven.”

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In the words of Sedulius, Christian poet of the 5th century:

“Mary has put an end to vices and taught the way of life.”

Together, let us pray:

Holy Mother Mary

Dawn of our salvation

Through your Son, Jesus Christ

Intercede for us, amen

TO DIE IN GRACE

Every Body Wants to Rule the World by Ecoseasons

The ‘Art of Dying well’

by Saint Robert Bellarmine

St. Bellarmine drew from Scripture some guideposts on how we can live and always be ready to meet Christ.  Here is what I gleaned from his writings:

  • Live well to die well – now is the time
  • Die to the world – detach from the good things of this life by a moderate love of them
  • Promote Faith, Hope and Love – be selfless charity toward others
  • Be knowledgeable about death and the coming of the Lord – prepare
  • Be good steward of wealth – help the poor
  • Live soberly, justly and compassionately
  • Cultivate daily prayer

“It is His breath that is in us, and when He wants to, He will take it away.”

-Pope Clement I-

Our lives and our final hour are in God’s hands

 

OUR HALOES

The Four Last Things:

Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell

This week I attended an ‘end times’ conference – a loaded concept that is fundamental to how we live our lives.  Of the many sub-topics mentioned above, there are haloes which impart great hope.  Please stay with me.

Who isn’t afraid of dying???

I was afraid of death – until my mother became ill for a long time.  I spent more time sharing my heart with her and prayed daily to Saint Joseph to bring her to a ‘happy death’ meaning for her to experience a peaceful transition.  A month before she died, her pastor assured me she was ready to meet God.  That’s when I decided to strive for holy transformation – not an impossible feat with God’s grace!

“It is appointed for men to die once.”  Hebrews 9:27

The conference presented every aspect of death, particular judgment, heaven, purgatory, hell, the second coming, the resurrection of the dead, the general judgment and finally eternity and the new Jerusalem as found in Holy Scripture.  The primary theme echoes ‘don’t wait for transformation until death.  Put selfishness to death from vice to virtue and live to be transformed into the mind of Christ.’  The choice is ours to live for good or evil.

I became excited when heaven and the beatific vision was explained.   In heaven each one of us will be perfectly unique in beauty and gifts; we will be reunited with our families and friends; our bodies will have special abilities and creation will be restored for our enjoyment; we will be perfectly happy – all done by grace – forever.

Saints who have gone before us recount their secrets to joyful living; they anticipated heavenly delights which influenced their actions, as seen by their haloes on holy cards.  They witness to us degrees of holiness in heaven.  Jesus said “there are many mansions in my Father’s house.”  We will never see our own haloes, but we will see and enjoy God’s love and light in others’ haloes.  What loving images haloes will bring to us, don’t you think?

“Live so as not to fear death.

For those who live well in the world, death is not frightening but sweet and precious.”

St. Rose of Viterbo

I hope to see you all in heaven one day!

sincerely, your scribe for love, truth and peace