Love Prevails Painting by Freydoon Rassouli
My Lenten focus is clear – Stand on God’s shoulder – Repentance and Revival is eminent. The world’s foundation will be shaken. Whatever is true, noble and pure will be re-established.
That’s worth praying for!
Painting by Elizabeth Wang
When Saint Gertrude offered receiving Eucharist to the Holy Souls, she was given a vision of many souls being consoled.
Don’t we all have holy souls to pray for this day, especially those who have died of complications and Covid. I am in solidarity with you .
Mary, Mother Most Benevolent
O most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel,
fruitful vine, splendor of heaven, assist me in my necessity.
O star of the sea, help me and show me herein you are my mother.
To all my Carmelite brothers and sisters,
Happy Feast Day
WEDNESDAY’S BLESSING – A PRAYER
Lord of wind, sea and pandemic stricken world
Comfort mourners, heal the sick, raise departed souls
Protect all peoples as they return to work and re-stabilize life
Draw us all out of danger with your gentle wisdom and loving mercy, Amen.
A PRAYER – The Seven Sorrows of Mary given to Saint Bridget of Sweden
Mary’s ardent love is the masterpiece of God especially reflected in her life’s seven sorrows.
1st Sorrow: Simeon’s prophecy that a sword will pierce Mary’s soul
2nd Sorrow: The flight into Egypt
3rd Sorrow: The loss of the child Jesus in the temple of Jerusalem
4th Sorrow: The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross.
5th Sorrow: Mary witnesses the crucifixion and death of Jesus on the cross.
6th Sorrow: The dead body of Jesus is taken down and laid in the arms of his Mother.
7th Sorrow: The burial of Jesus with Mary’s tears and loneliness
Mary promises graces to anyone who meditates on these sorrows.
“I will grant peace to your families. They will be enlightened about the Divine Mysteries. I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work. I will give them as much as they ask for; as long as it does not oppose the Adorable Will of my Divine Son or the sanctification of their souls. I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives. I will visibly help them at the moment of their death; they will see the face of their mother.”
I have obtained these graces from my Divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and sorrows, will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness, since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son and I will be their eternal consolation and joy.”
“More than ever, the world needs the Seven Sorrows Rosary.”
–Visionary Marie Claire of Kibeho, Rwanda
May this special devotion bless you and your family.
A wreath of candles like the image above can be a wonderful way to mark the approach of Christmas. This year, I choose to use ‘used’ candles from my maman’s collection of candles. Lighting them will bring back precious memories of long ago Christmas with my parents.
An Advent Prayer
Father, please give me eyes to see you in every encounter and strength to align my life with you, so that I’m ready for the coming of Jesus whatever the hour and day. Thank you for the immense love you show me, especially in sending your only Son. Amen.