“See this heart that has loved men so much and has spared itself nothing until it has exhausted itself and consumed itself in order to show them its love. I receive in return scarcely anything but ingratitude because of their irreverence and sacrileges, and because of the coldness and disdain they show towards Me in this sacrament of love. But what hurts me still more is that it is hearts who are consecrated to me who treat me thus. This is why I ask you that on the first Friday after the octave of the Most Holy Sacrament a special feast may be dedicated to the honor of my Heart by receiving Communion on that day and making reparation with some kind of atonement…” Our Lord to Saint Mary Alacoque, 1675
“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.
“Happy are they who have kept the word with a generous heart, and yield a harvest through perseverance.” Luke 8:15
“My heart has prompted me to seek your face; I seek it, Lord; do not hide from me.” Ps 26: 8-9
“Almighty and merciful God,
you break the power of evil
and make all things new
in your Son Jesus Christ, the King of the universe.
May all on heaven and earth acclaim your glory
and never cease to praise you.”
Near to where the Bishop stopped during a Corpus Christi procession in Queens, NY today, an empty can offered an apt reminder of the state of affairs (emptiness) that exists in the United States today — after years of widespread untruthfullness.
American leaders have long considered the American epoch to be a ‘new era’ based on a new order, often times at odds with the New Covenant. When people say: “I am King” the result is sin and nothingness. This feast is a time to re-commit oneself to the New Covenant and Our Lord’s invitation to live sacramentally in Communion with the Father, through the Son (true King) in the Spirit. Only then can we participate in the fullness of life, and be a new creation.
The Church’s teaching on Communion—in truth and charity, is the best hope for society, but it first has to be put into practice and realized by Catholics.
“Let us sing to the Love of loves,
Let us sing to the Lord:
Behold our God is here;
O Come, let us adore Christ our Redeemer…”
“Jesus’ life on earth finished not with his death on the Cross but with his Ascension into Heaven. It is the last of the mysteries of his life here on earth. It is a redemptive mystery which together with the Passion, Death and Resurrection makes up the Pascal Mystery…The Ascension strengthens and nourishes our hope of attaining Heaven. It invites us always to lift up our heart and seek the things that are above. Our hope is very great because Christ himself has gone to prepare a dwelling place for us.
“The mission of the Church is to continue always the work of Christ, to teach men divine truths and to make known the demands these truths impose, to help men follow God’s way through the grace of the sacraments.
” Jesus wishes each of us to remain in his place, sanctifying the world from within, improving it and placing it at the feet of God. Only thus will the world be a place where human dignity is valued and respected, a place where men live in peace, in true peace, the peace which is so closely linked with God.” Francis Fernandez, In Conversation With God
Artwork: The Ascension, Jacobus of Kokkinobaphos, 1208
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy
(The chaplet is prayed using a rosary)
One Our Father
One Hail Mary
The Apostles Creed
On each of the five large beads before each decade, pray:
Eternal Father I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
On each of the ten small beads of each decade, pray:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
At the end of the chaplet pray three times:
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion is inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is love and Mercy itself. Amen
Divine Mercy, Direct Me
Eternal God, Goodness itself, whose mercy is incomprehensible to every intellect, whether human or angelic, help me, Your feeble child, to do Your holy will as You make it known to me. I desire nothing but to fulfill Your desires. Lord, here is my soul and my body, my mind and my will, my heart and all my love, Direct me according to Your eternal plan. Amen.
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
envelop 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.
Novena to The Divine Mercy – Day 9
Today bring to Me souls who have become lukewarm, and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully, My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: “Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will.” For them the last hope of salvation is to flee to my mercy.
Novena to The Divine Mercy – Day 8
Today bring to Me the souls who are in the prison of Purgatory, and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. Let the torrents of My Blood cool down their scorching flames. All these souls are greatly loved by Me. They are making retribution to My justice. It is in your power to bring them relief. Draw all the indulgences from the treasury of My Church and offer them on their behalf. Oh, if you only knew the torments they suffer, you would continually offer for them the alms of the spirit and pay off their debt to My justice.