Thursday, March 31, 2016

Seventh Day of the Divine Mercy Novena:

Intention: Today bring to Me THE SOULS WHO ESPECIALLY VENERATE AND GLORIFY MY MERCY, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls sorrowed most over my Passion and entered most deeply into My spirit. They are living images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death. Novena Prayers: Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward, confident of Your mercy; and united to You, O Jesus, they carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their hearts, overflowing with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God:
Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them that during their life, but especially at the hour of death, the souls who will venerate this fathomless mercy of His, He, Himself, will defend as His glory.
Divine Mercy Chaplet

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Risen Lord and the Gift of Faith

For years I questioned this encounter between Mary and Jesus. Why did Jesus say, "Touch me not, for I have not yet ascended to the Father." God, in His faithfulness, has drawn me to understanding the experience. Anthony Lillies has explained this well. I would go even further to say we can have the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth and the Ecstatic Union with Jesus. Perhaps only in glimpses, but yet possible as Jesus has now ascended to the Father.


~Margaret of souls for Jesus
To believe that the Lord is Risen is to believe that He is present in a radical and wonderful way. His powerful presence is accessible only by faith — this is because He has ascended into heaven. Such is the substance of our hope. When we cleave to Him by faith, because His presence is real and personal, He raises us up with Him.

When Mary Magdalene calls out to the Risen Lord, He tells her not to cling to Him because He has not yet ascended to the Father. He sends her — the Apostle to the Apostles — to his Apostles to announce to them the resurrection. His words reveal that someday she will possess Him in a more marvelous way — but He must ascend from the midst of this life first so that this new presence can be known. She will have the fullness of faith when the Holy Spirit descends on her. By the faith the Holy Spirit produces, Mary Magdalene will be raised up to new life – and with that life, she will be able to cling to the One whom she loves — and who loves her even more.
Christian faith is a not self-generated psychological exercise. It is part of the new creation, the new humanity which the Risen Lord has established by His victory. His Gift of the Holy Spirit produces the faith. This is why He ascended into Heaven. The Giver of Life could only descend on us if Christ ascended to His Father.

What a gift faith is! Doubts and difficulties of all kinds might afflict the soul — but the gift of faith is invincible. This loving assent of the will is given if we ask for it in even in trying circumstances. The darkest trials cannot defeat it because it communicates something to the mind which no affliction in this world – no height, nor depth – can shake. In fact, such trials when endured with love, and by love, make faith stronger.

Even though Mary Magdalene cannot yet cling to Him, the faith of the Apostles is stirred by her message. They run to find the empty tomb and encounter the Lord for themselves. They hear His voice and speak to Him. They see His body. They touch his wounds. They eat with Him. But they can not yet cling to Him.

Though He has conquered death, He must leave this world because His Kingdom is not of this world. He must ascend above this life so that the faith of the Apostles in Him will raise them up above this life too. The resurrection was not about any mere restoration of an earthly paradise — it is about access to heaven. This is a new humanity — a humanity with power that exceeds what this world can contain, a humanity which is filled with what is eternal.

What about us, here and now? The Risen Jesus longs for us to be where He is — and He is now ascended, and ascended He reigns at the right hand of the Father. Now we can cling to Him by faith.

Christian contemplation and theology converge on the objective and personal presence of the Risen Lord. By objective, we know He is present to us quite apart from whether we feel or imagine Him. By personal, we know that our faith opens up a real heart-to-heart relationship with Him. This is not fluff — it is the substance of our hope.
This objective and personal faith is not limited to knowing things about the Lord; the Christian faith discloses the mysterious depths of God so that we can really know Him and His great love. To know these depths, to plummet them in prayer, to search them in sacred doctrine — such things raise us up with Him so that we might dwell where He dwells. In all this the fullness of joy is ours, even now in a hidden way, here below the banquet has begun in mystery, and all this as we learn to cling to Him.

Written by Dr. Anthony Lilles. Dr. Lilles now teaches theology for the Avila Institute. He blogs at

Sixth Day of the Divine Mercy Novena:

Intention: Today bring to Me THE MEEK AND HUMBLE SOULS AND THE SOULS OF LITTLE CHILDREN, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. Only the humble soul is capable of receiving My grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence. Novena Prayers: Most Merciful Jesus, You yourself have said, “Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart.” Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all heaven into ecstasy and they are the heavenly Father’s favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek souls, upon humble souls, and upon little children who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: Bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages.
Divine Mercy Chaplet

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Fifth Day of the Divine Mercy Novena:

Intention: Today bring to Me THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO HAVE SEPARATED THEMSELVES FROM MY CHURCH, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the Church, My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion. Novena Prayers: Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son’s Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages.
Divine Mercy Chaplet

Monday, March 28, 2016

Mother Angelica - Requiem en Pace

Please pray for the soul Mother Angelica and all those who are mourning the loss of her presence here on earth.  She will be missed but never forgotten.  
She was a feminine genius who lived God's Will for her life to the fullest extent possible. 

HER example to all of us especially women is beyond that of any woman of our time with the exception of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.  Two women who changed the world forever.

God has blessed the world through there lives, may we in our own vocation go forward to do whatever small things we can to help establish the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. 

Sincerely and with great love,
~Margaret of souls for Jesus

Fourth Day of the Divine Mercy Novena:

Intention: Today bring to Me THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD* AND THOSE WHO DO NOT YET 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. Novena Prayers: 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.
Divine Mercy Chaplet

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Third Day of the Divine Mercy Novena:

Intention: Today bring to Me ALL DEVOUT AND FAITHFUL SOULS, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. The souls brought Me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were that drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness. Novena Prayers: 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 wonderous 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.
Divine Mercy Chaplet

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter

Happy Easter from the North Country of New England. I would like to tell you a little about myself.

I am a wife and Mother of 38 years with five sons and two daughter-in laws. One step grandchild.  We live on a farm where we raise Alpaca and lots of fruit and veggies. Of course we have chickens for our own use.  It is a simple family farm on fifty acres, mostly wood.

The North Country is our retirement location. We previously lived in several states but mostly Massachusetts. We wake up to a beautiful view of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range.

My purpose for the rest of my life is to fulfill God's Will and help others do the same. I find my happiness in knowing that I am trying to give back to God a little something for all that He has done for me.

Most Sincerely,
~Margaret of Souls for Jesus

Second Day of the Divine Mercy Novena:

Intention: 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. Novena Prayers: 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.

Friday, March 25, 2016

First Day of the Divine Mercy Novena:

Intention: 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.
Novena Prayers: 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.
Divine Mercy Chaplet

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Divine Mercy Novena begins Good Friday

Divine Mercy Novena[This Novena will begin on Good Friday! *Click here to get Divine Mercy Novena reminders by Email!*]
The Divine Mercy Novena begins on Good Friday and goes until Divine Mercy Saturday. You can join thousands of people in praying the novena this year! This year there are already more than 173,000 people praying! Will you join us for the Divine Mercy Novena?
The Divine Mercy novena prayers were given to St. Faustina through an apparition of our Lord Jesus. Each day has a new petition that seeks God’s mercy for different purposes.
The message of Divine Mercy is a powerful and moving way to come closer to Christ.
His Mercy is central to our lives and we must continually depend on it and ask for it daily.
This novena is especially timely this year as we prepare for the Holy Year of Mercy, which begins later this year. You can read more about the upcoming Year of Mercy HERE.
Join us in praying the Divine Mercy Novena beginning this Good Friday!
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Seeds of Confusion…

“Where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.” (James 3:16-17)

Have you noticed the confusion that permeates our culture these days? It’s pretty hard to miss. The evil one has sown the seeds of confusion in abundance. For those whose faith is weak, it is increasingly hard to distinguish the wheat from the weeds. In fact there are many who are plucking out the wheat and leaving the weeds. It’s all upside-down! And it’s hard to feel hopeful.

But hope is what we are called to as Christians, and certainly as penitents in a fallen world. Those holy souls whose merits have gained them eternity in heaven no longer have any need for hope; every longing and desire is fulfilled in ways we cannot imagine. They exist in perfect communion with a perfect community of perfect love. There is nothing left to hope for. For those of us left on earth it is a different story. We are deeply in need of hope, a commodity that seems to be in shorter and shorter supply these days, and “these days” are far from over. Terrorism, wars, natural disasters, instability in the world economy, all these things are causing a crisis of hope in the world. The world is in need of prophets of hope. It is time for the baptized to embrace their baptismal call to be “ambassadors for Christ” as the above Scripture passage says.
Pope Benedict embraced the message of hope in his encyclical: Spe Salvi—Saved by Hope. I have chosen just a few excerpts from this document to explore what means to be prophets of hope as penitents in the world.
“Paul reminds the Ephesians [2:12] that before their encounter with Christ they were ‘without hope and without God in the world’. Of course he knew they had had gods, he knew they had had a religion, but their gods had proved questionable, and no hope emerged from their contradictory myths. Notwithstanding their gods, they were ‘without God’ and consequently found themselves in a dark world, facing a dark future.”
Even though 2000 years have passed since St. Paul wrote to the Ephesians, his words are as relevant to our day as they were to his—perhaps even more so. In this paragraph, Pope Benedict XVI has hinted at an eerie parallel to “a dark world facing a dark future”. But, as a prophet of hope himself, he does not leave us in the dark.
“Here too we see as a distinguishing mark of Christians the fact that they have a future: it is not that they know the details of what awaits them, but they know in general terms that their life will not end in emptiness. Only when the future is certain as a positive reality does it become possible to live the present as well.”
Ah, here is a hint of what it means to be prophets of hope. It is an echo of 1 Peter 3:15 “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.” We know that what we experience here on earth is only temporary, that we are made for eternity. It is this faith that allows us to live hope-filled lives on earth, in any circumstance. Our faith in Jesus Christ gives meaning to every moment of our lives, joy or sorrow, celebration or suffering. That is a message worth passing on!
“To come to know God—the true God—means to receive hope. We who have always lived with the Christian concept of God, and have grown accustomed to it, have almost ceased to notice that we possess the hope that ensues from a real encounter with this God.”
We have tasted the goodness of the Lord! How often have we taken this for granted! We should pray for the opportunity to speak about our personal knowledge of God with those God sends us. I think it is important to be patient in this and rely on God’s timing. As a priest once told me: “Let it happen, don’t make it happen.” If you are willing, God will send you souls. When it happens, you will know. Then let the hope you have in Christ Jesus be a beautiful gift you pass on at the appointed time.
It is important to keep in mind that a darkened world will probably not welcome prophets of hope. Our Lord himself prophesied about this in Matthew 5:11-12 “Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” We must be ready for whatever comes, good or bad, praise or persecution. It is this life of prayer and penance that strengthens us for our mission. It allows us to discard what is unnecessary and focus on what is important—the will of God alone. Whether praise comes or persecution, it should be all the same to us as long as God’s will is served. As we read in 1 Peter 2:9 “You are ‘a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises’ of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” At all times, in all circumstances, we announce His praises.
Here is one last quote from Spe Salvi that I want to leave with you, a beautiful image given to us by the Holy Father, an image well worth pondering as we consider our call to be prophets of hope.
“When you (Mary) hastened with holy joy across the mountains of Judea to see your cousin Elizabeth, you became the image of the Church to come, which carries the hope of the world in her womb across the mountains of history.”
This is one more way we can take Mary as our model as we strive to live our call to be prophets of hope.
 by Janet Klasson

Monday, March 21, 2016

Monday of Holy Week March 21, 2016.

Isaiah 1:18 "Come now let us settle the matter." "Though your sins be as
scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they are red as crimson, I
will make them as white as wool."
Jesus is the Bread of Life
Before I came back to my Catholic faith I studied the bible with different Christian women's groups. The strongest draw the women's groups had as far as I was concerned was the joy, the smiles the welcome. We were required to read study and answer questions. The above scripture passage really struck me and does to this day.

While processing around our church with Palms yesterday I was struck once again with the horror of sin, our sin is what caused Jesus to be crucified. It was all of us waving our palms and singing praise to the Messiah then  quickly chose a different path.

It brings me back to the above scripture, we must believe we are sinners and we must believe we are forgiven.

As a woman I think about the sins of my past and those of others, perhaps our most serious problem is to believe that after having an abortion or giving up a child to adoption we just can't be forgiven so why bother to confess. Unfortunately women still to this day bare the burden for the sins of the sexual revolution. Women are expected to be able to do everything a man can do and deal with the outcome of the sexual revolution. Yes women are strong and women can do most anything but they are meant for love. They are meant to bring love into a broken and fallen world. Way to much is being required of women. Hence millions of hidden children, broken hearts, shattered dreams. The umbilical cord is eternal.

In my musing over the past few months as it relates to the Mercy of God I asked Him, "what do You say about women who mourn the loss of children given up for adoption or aborted."  His answer was immediate, direct and the same for both situations. "He who is without sin cast the first stone."

 Really truly we must believe that our sins are forgiven and that God  Himself will make something wonderful out of the most difficult experiences of our lives. It brings me to tears to think of the amount of pain that comes from being a woman but I would never trade the gift of LOVE that comes
with womanhood. The ability to create life with God in my womb, is a precious gift. The Sacrament of Reconciliation can bring us from despair to hope. Don't leave those priests lonely in the confessional, make a visit, encourage a friend you know who is desperate for forgiveness to visit Jesus in the confessional.
I pray for record breaking long lines to the confessionals all over the world. I pray for the indwelling of the light of the Holy Spirit in each one who turns to Jesus in this Sacrament.

~Margaret of Souls for Jesus

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Did Jesus ever get angry?

We live in a society that has been brainwashed into thinking we should never show anger and that it is a sin to be angry. Our Priest spoke to this at Mass and said that Jesus did in fact get angry. He sited a few examples and spoke to the fact that St. Paul also got angry. I decided to look into it on google and found this is a very clear look at Jesus and anger.

 Jesus clearly displayed anger during His earthly life. The primary example is His response to those who were making a profit by exchanging money and selling animals at the temple (Matthew 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-18; John 2:13-22).

On another occasion, Jesus asked the religious leaders if it was okay to heal a person on the Sabbath day. When they would not answer, we are told, "he looked around at them with anger" (Mark 3:5) before healing a man. His anger centered on the attitudes of religious teachers who claimed to know the Law yet cared more about themselves than whether a person was healed.

So yes, Jesus was angry at times, yet did not sin (Hebrews 4:15). Likewise, believers in Christ are taught, "Be angry and do not sin" (Ephesians 4:26). While anger is often viewed as a completely negative emotion, there are times a person can be angry for appropriate reasons. In the case of Jesus, His anger was the result of ungodly attitudes and actions by those around Him. In addition, God the Father often displayed anger in the Old Testament when people sinned against Him and when injustices took place in the world. Still today, when Christians see sinful actions taking place, especially by those who claim to be religious leaders, it should cause anger. Why? Because such anger reflects the attitude of Christ in these situations (Philippians 2:5).

Anger that reflects the anger of Christ requires two aspects. First, it must be properly motivated. In other words, anger because you do not get your way in a situation does not count. Religious hypocrisy or injustices of poverty or oppression are proper, godly reasons to become angry.

The second aspect required for our anger to reflect Christ's anger is to act appropriately when we are angry. Jesus healed a man even when He was angry, revealing that we are called to do good even when we are upset. In addition, the passages referring to Jesus turning over tables in the temple showed His anger properly expressed to remove people who were breaking God's Law by making a profit from the system of animal offerings rather than focusing on worship of the Lord.

Further, the anger of Jesus did not result in a long-term grudge. Instead, His anger was an emotion that resulted in proper actions. Today's believers must seek the same response. Anger left unchecked or wrongly motivated can result in long-term unforgiveness that causes problems in a believer's own life.

In summary, Jesus did become angry on some occasions, yet He was not known as an angry person. Further, His anger was not an excuse for sinful actions, but rather for positive actions that helped others and honored God.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016



Presence of God – O Jesus, meek and divinely patient, teach me the secret of true patience.


Patience is the virtue which makes us accept for love of God, generously and peacefully, everything that is displeasing to our nature, without allowing ourselves to be depressed by the sadness which easily comes over us when we meet with disagreeable things.
Patience is a special aspect of the virtue of fortitude which prevents our deviating from the right road when we encounter obstacles. It is an illusion to believe in a life without difficulties. These are usually all the greater and the more frequent as our undertakings are more generous. Great works, magnanimous and heroic virtues, always grow in the midst of difficulties. In the presence of these, fortitude has a double function: to face them and to bear them. Many difficulties are surmounted and overcome by an act of courage; others, on the contrary, cannot be mastered. We must learn to bear with them, and this is the role of patience—an arduous task, because it is easier to face obstacles directly, than to support the inevitable oppositions and sufferings of life, which, in time, tend to discourage and sadden us.
WaitingPatienceCarlMuckeWartenAufDenLiebstenOnly by fixing our glance on Jesus, the divinely patient One, can we learn to practice patience. When we see Him who came into the world to save us, living from the first moment of His earthly existence in want, privation, and poverty, and later in the midst of misunderstanding and persecution; when we see Him become the object of the hatred of His own fellow citizens, calumniated, doomed to death, betrayed by a friend, and tried and condemned as a malefactor, our souls are stirred: we realize that we cannot be His disciples unless we follow the same road. If Jesus, the Innocent One par excellence, bore so much for love of us, can we, sinners who are deserving to suffer, not endure something for love of Him? Whatever the total of suffering in our lives, it will always be very small, and even nothing, compared with the infinite sufferings of Jesus; for in His Passion Christ not only endured the suffering of one life or of several human lives, but that of all mankind.


O Jesus, for love of You and with Your help, I wish to suffer in peace all the contradictions of my life. “Your thoughts are not our thoughts, Your ways are not our ways. You offer us a cup so bitter that our feeble nature cannot bear it. But I do not want to draw back my lips from the cup prepared by Your hand. You have taught me the secret of suffering in peace. Peace does not mean joy, at least not sensible joy; to suffer in peace, all I have to do is to will all that You will.
“To be Your spouse, I must be like You; and You are all covered with blood and crowned with thorns. You wish to make me like You; then, should I fear that I cannot carry the Cross without weakening? On the way to Calvary, You fell three times; and I, a poor little child, do I not wish to be like You? Should I not wish to fall a hundred times to prove to You my love, rising up again with more strength than before my fall?
“It is very consoling for me to remember that You, the God of might, knew our weaknesses, that You shuddered at the sight of the bitter cup which earlier You had so ardently desired to drink.
“O Jesus, what it costs to give You what You ask! But what happiness that it does cost! Far from complaining to You of the crosses You send me, I cannot fathom the infinite love which has moved You to treat me so. O Lord, do not let me waste the trial You send me, it is a gold mine I must exploit. I, a little grain of sand, want to set myself to the task, without joy, without courage, without strength, and all these conditions will make the enterprise easier; I want to work for love.
“In spite of this trial which robs me of all sense of enjoyment, I can still say: ‘You have given me, O Lord, a delight in Your doings.’ For is there any greater joy than to suffer for Your love, O my God? The more intense and the more hidden the suffering, the more do You value it. And even if, by an impossibility, You should not be aware of my affliction, I should still be happy to bear it, in the hope that by my tears I might prevent or atone for one sin against faith” (Thérèse of the Child Jesus Letters 63,51,184,59; Story of a Soul 9).

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Light of the Spirit and True Knowledge of God

Lent is a time of intensified prayer.  See what Saint John Chrysostom has to say about this discourse with God.
“Prayer and converse with God is a supreme good: it is a partnership and union with God. As the eyes of the body are enlightened when they see light, so our spirit, when it is intent on God, is illumined by his infinite light. I do not mean the prayer of outward observance but prayer from the heart, not confined to fixed times or periods but continuous throughout the day and night.
“Our spirit should be quick to reach out toward God, not only when it is engaged in meditation; at other times also, when it is carrying out its duties, caring for the needy, performing works of charity, giving generously in the service of others, our spirit should long for God and call him to mind, so that these works may be seasoned with the salt of God’s love, and so make a palatable offering to the Lord of the universe. Throughout the whole of our lives we may enjoy the benefit that comes from prayer if we devote a great deal of time to it.
“Prayer is the light of the spirit, true knowledge of God, mediating between God and man. The spirit, raised up to heaven by prayer, clings to God with the utmost tenderness; like a child crying tearfully for its mother, it craves the milk that God provides. It seeks the satisfaction of its own desires, and receives gifts outweighing the whole world of nature.
“Prayer stands before God as an honored ambassador. It gives joy to the spirit, peace to the heart. I speak of prayer, not words. It is the longing for God, love too deep for words, a gift not given by man but by God’s grace. The apostle Paul says: We do not know how we are to pray but the Spirit himself pleads for us with inexpressible longings [cf Romans 8:26].
“When the Lord gives this kind of prayer to a man, he gives him riches that cannot be taken away, heavenly food that satisfies the spirit. One who tastes this food is set on fire with an eternal longing for the Lord: his spirit burns as in a fire of utmost intensity.
“Practice prayer from the beginning. Paint your house with the colors of modesty and humility. Make it radiant with the light of justice. Decorate it with the finest gold leaf of good deeds. Adorn it with the walls and stones of faith and generosity. Crown it with the pinnacle of prayer. In this way you will make it a perfect dwelling place for the Lord. You will be able to receive him as in a splendid palace, and through his grace you will already possess him, his image enthroned in the temple of your spirit.”*
* From a homily by Saint John Chrysostom, Second Reading of the Liturgy of the Hours, Friday after Ash Wednesday.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Gentle Love of Jesus

Jesus & the Samaritan woman at the well
John 4:1-42: "Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard, ‘Jesus is making and baptizing more disciples than John’— although it was not Jesus Himself but His disciples who baptized— He left Judea and started back to Galilee. But He had to go through Samaria. So He came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by His journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.

 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Give Me a drink’. (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to Him, ‘How is it that You, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?’ (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and Who it is that is saying to you, “Give Me a drink”, you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.’ The woman said to Him, ‘Sir, You have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do You get that living water? Are You greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?’ Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’ The woman said to Him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.’

 Jesus said to her, ‘Go, call your husband, and come back.’ The woman answered Him, ‘I have no
husband.’ Jesus said to her, ‘You are right in saying, “I have no husband”; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!’ The woman said to Him, ‘Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but You say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.’ The woman said to Him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming’ (who is called Christ). ‘When He comes, He will proclaim all things to us.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am He, the One Who is speaking to you.’

 Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, ‘What do you want?’ or, ‘Why are you speaking with her?’ Then the woman left her water-jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, ‘Come and see a Man Who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can He?’ They left the city and were on their way to Him.
 Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, ‘Rabbi, eat something.’ But He said to them, ‘I have food to eat that you do not know about.’ So the disciples said to one another, ‘Surely no one has brought Him something to eat?’ Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the Will of Him Who sent me and to complete His work. Do you not say, “Four months more, then comes the harvest”? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, “One sows and another reaps.” I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.’

 Many Samaritans from that city believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I have ever done.’ So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and He stayed there for two days. And many more believed because of His Word. They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.’"

I have been questioning Jesus about His Mercy as it relates to our sin I
Him how He felt about women having many sexual encounters as well as
husbands. His simple answer is found in the words spoken between
Him and
the Samaritan woman at the well.

Notice that the conversation did not begin with her state of sinfulness.
Jesus offered her
His gift of Eternal life and the indwelling of His
spirit. "Living Water." Because of
His attitude and the fact that He
already knew everything about her this woman went back to her town and
became a very effective evangelist for Christ, a Jewish man. Two people who
the law says should not even be speaking to each other.

 Jesus did not cause the woman to think that it was alright to hide her sin
but that if she knew Him she would be happy with her life as His bride, she
would have no need for mortal husbands. The honesty of the Samaritan women
is important as well. She did not reject Jesus because He embarrassed her
by knowing she was living  with a man she was not married to but confessed
He was correct. She was obviously not afraid of Him because she went back
to her town and told the people to come and meet the Man Who offered her
eternal life. His relationship with this woman brought the entire town to
listen for themselves and believe that He was the Messiah.

Our relationship with our confessor/spiritual director  brings this life
giving water to us as well.We need to confess our sins, we need spiritual
direction, we need to call others to belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.  We
are the Church, The Bride of Christ.

God is Love. ~Margaret of Souls for Jesus

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Devotional for Sunday March 6, 2016 - Fourth Sunday of Lent

I came across this post a few days ago by an approved stigmatist from Venezuela, Catalina Rivas. There is a devotion called "You Shall Believe." They put out a weekly message from Jesus to the Stigmatist on the readings for the week.  This week in particular it struck me. "It is a new Mercy that I want to give freely to this new generation." I asked Jesus about this new Mercy and He said: "It is necessary because this generation like no other has been lied to by their parents, their peers, their teachers, their church and their government." That is pure truth, obvious to anyone who is paying attention.

I am so happy with the way Pope Francis is speaking Mercy yet keeping to the truth of our human need for obedience to Gods law. We are trying to raise families in a world filled with confusion, (the work of the devil). It is difficult for people with very strong faith to stay on course. Our Merciful Savior is as always well aware of the weakness in
His beloved children. I am preparing another post on,  "The Gentleness of Jesus." ~Margaret of Souls for Jesus

Gospel  Lk 15:1-3, 11-32
Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”  So to them Jesus addressed this parable: “A man had two sons, and the younger son said to his father, ‘Father give me the share of your estate that should come to me.’ So the father divided the property between them.  After a few days, the younger son collected all his belongings and set off to a distant country where he squandered his inheritance on a life of dissipation.  When he had freely spent everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he found himself in dire need.  So he hired himself out to one of the local citizens who sent him to his farm to tend the swine.  And he longed to eat his fill of the pods on which the swine fed, but nobody gave him any.  Coming to his senses he thought, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have more than enough food to eat, but here am I, dying from hunger.  I shall get up and go to my father and I shall say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.  I no longer deserve to be called your son; treat me as you would treat one of your hired workers.”’  So he got up and went back to his father. 

While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion.  He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son.’  But his father ordered his servants, ‘Quickly bring the finest robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.  Take the fattened calf and slaughter it.  Then let us celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and has been found.’  Then the celebration began.

 Now the older son had been out in the field and, on his way back, as he neared the house, he heard the sound of music and dancing.  He called one of the servants and asked what this might mean.  The servant said to him, ‘Your brother has returned and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’  He became angry, and when he refused to enter the house, his father came out and pleaded with him.  He said to his father in reply, ‘Look, all these years I served you and not once did I disobey your orders; yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends.  But when your son returns who swallowed up your property with prostitutes, for him you slaughter the fattened calf.’  He said to him, ‘My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours.  But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church
1439    The process of conversion and repentance was described by Jesus in the parable of the prodigal son, the center of which is the merciful father:……… his (the sons) repentance and decision to declare himself guilty before his father; the journey back; the father’s generous welcome; the father’s joy—all these are characteristic of the process of conversion. The beautiful robe, the ring, and the festive banquet are symbols of that new life—pure, worthy, and joyful—of anyone who returns to God and to the bosom of his family, which is the Church. Only the heart of Christ who knows the depths of his Father’s love could reveal to us the abyss of his mercy in so simple and beautiful a way.
1465    When he celebrates the sacrament of Penance, the priest is fulfilling the ministry of the Good Shepherd who seeks the lost sheep, of the Good Samaritan who binds up wounds, of the Father who awaits the prodigal son and welcomes him on his return, and of the just and impartial judge whose judgment is both just and merciful. The priest is the sign and the instrument of God’s merciful love for the sinner.

From “Great Crusade of Love” Testimony of Catalina Rivas (CL-160:4-5)
4) I have said it before: I want to be presented to the modern world like Joseph, who opens to all men the Pharaoh's granaries and distributes the grain in abundance so that there will be no hungry people on earth. I would like to be presented like the prodigal son’s father who, aged by the pain of his son’s absence, keeps watch from the window with a small light of hope for the return of his beloved son. I live among all of you, in the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the bread you eat, with the grandiose work of creation that never
ceases. In this manner I am among you all, alive, real, with the perpetual sacrifice of the Cross and the Glory of the Resurrection in each Eucharist. 
5) I want the world to know that God is unchanging, that He never lessens His Love for men; I need for man to know that I never set limits to My forgiveness and that I do not ask the prodigal son how he has squandered My estate, nor do I ask for account of his wickedness. It is a new Mercy that I want to give freely to this new generation.

Mary and the Saints – for Protestants

 I am posting this article from Charlie Johnston because it is a very simple yet truthful evangelical tool. When you ponder truth you realize lies have been around as long as the truth has. As far back as can be recorded or passed on humans have been persuaded by the evil one to discredit the truth of the natural law and the need to stay close to that truth. ~Margaret of Souls for Jesus
mary and the saintsI was in my early 20s when I went to my first Catholic Mass as a worshiper. Oh, I had been to many in my teens as a hired trumpet player, but the musicians in the choir loft don’t follow the same rules as the regular worshipers as far as standing, kneeling and sitting. For a lifelong Protestant, attending your first Mass is a very baffling disorienting affair. People just spontaneously stand up, or sit down, or kneel, or talk back to the priest in unison for no reason you can quite fathom. Within about 10 minutes of the beginning of Mass, I found a woman near the front row who seemed to know what she was doing – so I just determined to watch and do whatever she did.

A few years after my conversion, I was at a wedding Mass where there were a lot of baffled Protestants. About 15 minutes in I realized, with a little irony, that some of them were carefully watching me. Now, apparently, I was the guy who looked like he knew what he was doing. I must confess, every time I am at a Mass that I know has drawn a lot of Protestants out, I have to fight back the temptation to do a cartwheel in the aisle – just to see how many do one with me.
Cradle Catholics cannot imagine how disorienting and baffling even the liturgy is to lifelong Protestants. Even more puzzling is the Catholic devotion to various saints and to the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Our Lord. Even the language of faith can be perplexing, for often the two camps mean different things while using the same words. Throw in that Catholics often have a hard time explaining what, exactly, they believe, much less why they believe it – and that many Evangelical Protestants have often been told some pretty absurd caricatures of what Catholics profess and it is a wonder the encounters are not even more awkward and confused.

Now, I am not going to discuss everything that Catholics do not believe here that many think we do. I will also note from the outset that some Catholics abuse what the Church teaches in ways that help foster misconceptions about what the Church actually teaches. I am only going to focus here on Mary and the Saints – and what the Church actually proclaims.
Many Protestants believe that we worship Mary, in particular, and the saints to a lesser extent. I know – that’s what I used to believe, because that’s what everybody said. To the contrary, when we pray to a saint, including Mary, we are asking them to pray for us, usually for specific intentions. Everyone of faith, Protestant or Catholic, asks their friends to pray for them. It is so common and well-accepted no one disputes the propriety of it. Many Protestants only count those on earth among the communion of the faithful and, thus, properly to be asked for prayers. Catholics consider all the faithful, both in this world and in the next, to be among the communion of the faithful. If it is proper and fruitful to ask friends here to pray for you, how much more fruitful to ask those who already behold the Face of God?

Some argue, though, that it is improper to ask those who are dead to pray for us. Yet in Luke 20:38 and Mark 12:27, Jesus notes that Moses called God the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – and that He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for all are alive to Him. If all the faithful are alive to God – and Jesus says they are – then it is at least as good to ask St. Peter to pray for you as it is to ask your cousin, Peter, to do the same. That is properly what Catholics are called to do.
We do not worship any of the saints, including Mary. Rather, together with all the saints, we worship the One God alone, the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Contrary to the belief of many, including many Catholics, the Catholic Church has no power whatsoever to “make” saints. That power belongs to God, alone. The power the Church does have is to recognize infallibly a small handful of the saints God has made. A person is not honored by being recognized as a saint here. If he is a saint, he already has received all the honor he may ever receive by being called to join the heavenly host. The honor is less meaningful to the saint than it would be to give a King a participation certificate for attending a pancake breakfast. That does not mean it is a matter of indifference to the saint involved, for his love still calls him to the same thing it did while he walked this earth: call his fellows to the joy and peace which is in Christ. That takes us to why God chooses to reveal some saints to us in the first place. It is not for their sake, but for ours.

Saints come in all shapes and sizes. There are those whose lifelong purity and steadfastness are breathtaking and astounding. But to limit saints to icons of improbable virtue is an error, if a common one. More often, their sanctity is demonstrated by their transcendence of their own flaws and limitations through their love of God, manifested through their love of those around them. Oh, how I would that people would read good biographies of the saints! St. Francis, that great icon of poverty, purity and love of the poor, was once a wealthy, reckless dandy. St. Augustine was a cynical manipulator of public opinion and a lusty rake in his early life. St. Mary Magdalene was once a prostitute. Saints are often portrayed as universally soft-spoken, gentle souls. But many were lions – and often irritable lions at that. St Teresa of Avila was known for her tart tongue. St Catherine of Sienna was not shy about directing and cajoling Popes, though she was discreet about it. That popular modern saint, St. Padre Pio, was often abrupt and scathing – even as he submitted with humility to errant efforts by his superiors to suppress his spirituality and charges of fraud and humbug from critics.

Among the saints can be found virgins and those notable for the abundance of their progeny, peasants and kings, pacifists and warriors. In fact, saints are to be found from almost every walk of life. Some New Age commentators have used this fact as evidence that there are many paths to God, which is a trivialization of what is true. What is true is that there are many trails to the single path that leads to God, which is the way of love. Love is the only motivation strong enough to sustain a noble purpose through trials, hardships and even martyrdom. God gives each person a unique personality, then intends that authentic personality to be used for a unique mission in His service to His people. For each fundamental quality of a man, there is a disordered and a properly ordered manifestation of that quality. God has uses for a passionate man, but passion can easily manifest itself as cruelty or lustfulness. God has uses for a soul of notable purity, but even that can degenerate into self-righteousness and an arid sterility. Weighted down by the burden of original sin, we are constantly tempted to use our talents to serve ourselves and our own appetites. Transformed by love of God, the saints use those talents in service of their neighbor, which they love in the image of God.

They often struggle with the old disorder, but progressively live service with ever greater fortitude and resolve. The sinner constantly asks, “What about me?” The saint constantly seeks to hearten those around him. A pretender can – and often does – use the forms of piety for mere self-aggrandizement, a species of blasphemy. A saint does not hesitate to get his hands dirty to bring the hope of God to those furthest from Him. A pretender is sensitive to any hint of insult to his imagined dignity. A saint is impervious to any slanders seeking to keep him from caring for those around him. Whatever he says, a pretender is always looking inward, concerned about what events mean for him. A saint is always looking upward to God and outward to the needs of those around him.

The great variety of saints can help hearten us that whatever the nature of our authentic personality, God has use for it. We can find friends among the saints, people who shared trials and temptations similar to our own. We can ask for their prayers and guidance just as we would a trusted, bosom friend. We can find inspiration in how they handled similar troubles – and hope in how they transcended them by trusting to God.
If there is so much variety among the personalities of authentic saints, what is the heart of sanctity, the visible sign? I long contemplated that. The focus I settled on was St. Joan of Arc. Technically, she was not a Christian martyr. She fell into the hands of an enemy power. Though a corrupt Bishop was used as the means to condemn her, she was condemned for having defeated England, not for her faith. She was often prophetic, but her prophecies were wrong almost as often as they were right. Oh, the ones that were right were so improbable it was comparable to choosing the exact right lottery numbers six out of ten tries – a margin of error anyone would gladly accept for such stakes. So what was it that revealed her sanctity?
I came up with an answer that struck me in considering the great prayer of Mary, the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). In most English-language Bibles, the first line is translated as, “My soul magnifies the Lord.” Think of that. At its most basic, every saint ultimately becomes a pure lens through which our vision of the Lord is magnified more clearly. The holier the saint, the more pure the magnification.

The French people were disheartened, dispirited, given over to despair as the 100-Years War appeared it would end in the extinction of the Nation of France. When Joan appeared, this dispirited rabble was infused with new heart, new hope, new resolve. Her soul magnified the Lord – and the people felt the effects of it. But there were others who felt it, too, the self-promoters, those whose field of vision never rose above their own temporal ambitions and covetousness. Some of those, even, were to be found in the French Court. They all hated Joan with an irrational fury, constantly trying to pull her down. There is nothing that so infuriates a fraud as to be confronted with the real thing. That is the heart, the visible evidence of sanctity. A saint’s soul magnifies the Lord, giving new heart to those who have lost heart, while infuriating those who are absorbed in themselves and their petty ambitions. The Lord speaks through His saints. His sheep recognize His voice in them and rejoice. But satan’s goats recognize His voice in them, too, and rage at them.
No one is closer to Our Lord than His Mother. She lived the sorrow of His passion with Him, at His feet – and a sword pierced her soul. (Luke 2:35). As Jesus was dying on the Cross, He committed His Mother to His beloved disciple, John – and committed John, the Church, to the care of His Mother. (John 19:26).

Throughout the ages, Mary has prayed unceasingly for her children, the Church – and all of her children have recourse to her. She busies herself constantly running out to greet people, encouraging them to come on in, come in to the warmth and safety of Her Holy Son. Most Protestants think the Rosary is a worshipful devotion to Mary. It is not; it is an extended contemplation of the Life of Christ alongside Mary, through her loving heart. A full Rosary goes through four sets of mysteries, each of which contemplates some aspect of the life of Our Lord.
As I studied the history of Christianity in depth I was surprised to learn that the line, “Holy Mary, Mother of God…” was not incorporated into the Hail Mary to underscore Mary’s motherhood. Rather, there was a great heresy raging that claimed that Jesus was just a man, a created being Who achieved divinity by His righteousness. Christianity teaches that Jesus Christ is True God and True Man. The Eternal, Uncreated Son chose to take on our humanity at a particular point in time, to suffer and die in that humanity, that all might be saved. People often note that Jesus is the Son of God. That is absolutely true, but because of our limitations, it sometimes blinds us to the fact that it is equally true that the Eternal Father is the Father of God. They are One. We also stumble because our experience tells us that the child proceeds from the parents. This is true except in the case of Christ, the one case in history in which the parents proceeded from the Son. The phrase, “Holy Mary, Mother of God…” was incorporated into the “Hail Mary” to underscore Christ’s divinity, not Mary’s motherhood.

Even knowing these things, and even having fallen in love with the Catholic Church, my old Evangelical Protestant training filled me with dread at the sound of the phrase, “Holy Mary, Mother of God…” in the “Hail Mary.” Intimations of blasphemy would fill my head and whiffs of brimstone fill my nostrils at it, choking it off in my throat, so I had decided that would not be a devotion I practiced. But at my reception into the Church, one of the gifts was a beautiful, elegant Rosary. I knew that a sense of dread was often God warning us away from something sinful. But I also knew it could be used by satan to keep us from something fruitful. So I added a new tool of discernment. I prayed, telling God that He knew I loved Him…that this Church had been such a wonderful and unexpected gift that I was going to pray this Rosary for three weeks – and depend on Him to show me whether it was proper or not. If it was not, I would quietly refrain from ever saying it again. Those next three weeks were an unprecedented period of extravagant and improbable graces and blessings. Ever since, like the beloved disciple, I have joyfully followed the Lord’s command to take His Mother into my heart as my mother.

And that is why I say, with profound gratitude and joy,
Hail Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women,
And blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
Now, and at the hour of our death.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

33 Days to Merciful Love

Dear Friends,

The Marians of the Immaculate Conception will broadcast on EWTN TV a Consecration to Divine Mercy on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 3, noon Eastern time, in the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Father Chris Alar received an inspiration while he was elevating the Host at Mass that this Consecration needed to be made. Father Michael Gaitley wrote a book to help us to make this Consecration. The book explains how to make the Consecration over a period of 33 days.

While there is less than 33 days to Divine Mercy Sunday, you can still make the Consecration by reading more pages per day. However, it's not even necessary to read the book or to make the preparation, but it's very important to make the Consecration as best that you are able.

You may make the Consecration using St. Thérèse's Self Offering to Merciful Love that you will find here.

Please click here to obtain Father Gaitley’s book, his posts for preparation for the Consecration and for more information.
Sincerely in the Divine Mercy,

Dan Lynch
Dan Lynch is the Director of Dan Lynch Apostolates promoting devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Jesus King of All Nations, Our Lady of America and St. John Paul II. He is an author, public speaker and a former judge and lawyer in Vermont. He has appeared many times on radio and television and has spoken at conferences throughout the world. You may learn more about Dan here.