Saturday, April 27, 2019

Divine Mercy Sunday

The Feast of Mercy.

The last Day of the Easter Octave - the Feast of Mercy - it is as if Christ calls out: Come to me, all of you, no matter who you are, where you are, what you are doing - no matter how far away.

Jesus told St. Faustina:
"I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners."
He seeks us first, even though it seems like we seek him first, especially in times of trouble, danger, sadness and grief.  As soon as we call, as soon as we pray - he hears us.  He catches us when we fall and restores us to life in Him.  We have proof of that in Minnesota!

In my experience, the devotion to Divine Mercy has been like my foot in the door of salvation. Christ's invitation is really a 'come as you are' invite. "Come to me, all you who are heavily burdened and weighed down ..." He came to call sinners - those who are well do not need a doctor - those most in need of mercy do.
On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. Jesus to Faustina
Yet, even without these requirements, our Lord's invitation to those most in need of mercy stands out in a singularly unique manner on the Feast of Mercy.  We can never measure or limit the extent and depth of his mercy. He told St. Faustina to go throughout the world, extending his invitation to come to him, to come to his image, depicted for her, and revealed for us, as the Divine Mercy, signed with the prayer, "Jesus I trust in you!" He promised unimaginable graces to those who turn to him:
 "My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity."
I'm convinced He has many ways of grasping us and attracting us to his merciful love.  When we trust him, and express that trust in prayer, no matter who we are or where we are at, he comes to us and can enter through any door, locked or unlocked.  Time after time.

His Mercy endures forever!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Easter mourning ...

Walter Langley - A FLEMISH PEASANT

I'm working on a project.

I'm sorry I haven't responded to emails and that kind of stuff.

Thinking of you Fr.s, Deacon, friends, and family.

Do not forget we are in the Divine Mercy.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter amid terror ...

At St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo. A witness said: “It was a river of blood. Ash was falling like snow.”CreditIshara S. Kodikara/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

I only learned of the terror attack in Sri Lanka at Mass, late Easter morning.  I don't know what to say.

Christ is risen!