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Sea of Mercy

LongBeach041617eIdentifying with the Lord includes reconciling with him, which admits the need of his mercy:

“I have opened My Heart as a living fountain of mercy. Let all souls draw life from it. Let them approach the sea of mercy with great trust.” Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska

Three O’Clock Prayer to the Divine Mercy

You expired, O Jesus,
but the source of life gushed forth for souls and the
ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world.

O Fountain of Life,
unfathomable Divine Mercy,
envelope the whole world and empty Yourself out upon
us.

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth
from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us,
I trust in You.

Amen.

It’s good to pray the entire Chaplet of Divine Mercy
from Good Friday to Divine Mercy Sunday.

Easter Vigil

EasterVigil2017“Let us pray.
Father,
we share in the light of your glory
through your Son, the light of the world.
Make this new fire holy, and inflame us with new hope.
Purify our minds by this Easter celebration
and bring us one day to the feast of eternal light.
We ask this through Christ the Lord.”
Daily Roman Missal

Newness of Life

Poussin-Eucharist“I give you a new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 13:34), is progress from the old command: “love your neighbor as you love yourself” (Leviticus 12:31). We have to identify with the Lord to fulfill the command — a stumbling block for Jews and some Christians.

Artwork: Poussin

Passover

“And having taken bread, he gave thanks and broke and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body, which is being for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same manner he also took the cup after the supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which shall be shed for you. ..but behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table.” Luke 22: 19-20

As bad as the bombing of the Coptic Churches in Egypt is, the accepted (by UCCB) reading of a shortened form of the Passion — omitting the Last Supper (“new” covenant) and much of the Passion — on Palm Sunday feels even worse.

‘Be Like Children of the Light’

“I am the light of the world, says the Lord, the man who follows me will have the light of life.” Jn 8:12

After mockingly telling mass-goers at St.Patrick’s Cathedral to “open the brown books” (missalette) to page two” and follow along, the priest proceeded to omit a portion of John’s Gospel that recounts Jesus’ curing a blind man:

“Jesus heard they (the Jews) had driven him (the cured blind man) away, and when he found him he said to him, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ ‘Sir,’ the man replied ‘tell me who he is so that I may believe in him.’ Jesus said, ‘You are looking at him; he is speaking to you.’ The man said, Lord, I believe,’ and worshipped him.” John 9: 1-41

The omitted sections were marked with red brackets in the missalette, suggesting widespread willingness to disregard these words of the Lord. Many Jews continue to deny the Lord, seeing but not seeing, which is difficult to reverse — with so many in the Church doing so as well.

‘Free Your Minds’

“It was this salvation that the prophets were looking and searching so hard for, their prophecies were about the grace which was to come to you…Free your minds, then, of encumbrances; control them, and put your trust in nothing but the grace that will be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. Do not behave in the way that you liked to before you learnt the truth; make a habit of obedience: be holy in all you do, since it is the Holy One who has called you, and scripture says: Be holy, for I am holy.” Peter 1: 10-16

Chair of Peter

vatican“…through which he has granted us the very great and precious promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption of the lust which is in the world. Do you accordingly on your part strive diligently to supply your faith with virtue, your virtue with knowledge, your knowledge with self control, your self-control with patience, your patience with piety, your piety with fraternal love, your fraternal love with charity.” 2 Peter 1:3-7

Peter also cautions: “There will be false prophets also among the people, just as among you there will be lying teachers who will bring in destructive sects. They even disown the Lord who bought them…” 2 Peter 2:1

The Church has been blessed throughout the centuries with popes who have professed that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and Lord, and confirmed their brothers and sisters in the faith. Today we have a situation where the successor of Peter is an apostate — who has repeatedly denied the words of Jesus Christ, been presumptuous with the Father, blasphemed the Holy Spirit — and undermined the faithfulness of individuals. Theology aside, one need only look at the norms violations in the voting process that elected him to conclude that Francis is illegitimate and self-excommunicated, and should resign or be removed from the papacy as soon as a council can be formed..