“There is grace and power in being vulnerable, not claiming fame or riches; instead letting being exalted by the wisdom of God.” –yours truly
“The soul is kissed by God in its innermost regions. It is a yearning to give one’s self to God’s Way.” –Hildegard of Bingen
Happy first Sunday in October!
“You that come to birth and bring the mysteries.
Your voice-thunder makes us very happy.
Roar, lion of heart and tear me open.”
It is possible for each of us to become “wonder-works” during our lifetime.
Mary at Lourdes
Today the Queenship of Mary is honored alongside her King Jesus. In the end, she will crush the diabolical force of evil in the world (Revelation 12:1-5). This tradition is supported by the writings of Saint Ephrem (4th century) and Saint Damascene (7th century).
“My only occupation is loving.”–Elizabeth of the Trinity, French mystic writer
Mary, protector of anyone in need and danger, pray for us.
Painting by Freydoon Rassouli
Swirling in visions
quickly tapping morning air,
will these visions come true?
Visions are the language of the spiritual experience and giving of wisdom.”
–Saint Clare of Assisi
The Assumption of Mary
Today Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, is remembered as being assumed body and soul into Heaven at age 69…a promise for all of us.
“It came to pass after that we reached the 16th of Mesore, and were gathered with the apostles at the tomb. We saw lightnings and were afraid. There was a sweet odour and a sound of trumpets. The door of the tomb opened; there was a great light within. A chariot descended in fire; Jesus was in it; he greeted us.
He called into the tomb: “Mary, my mother, arise!” And we saw here in the body, as if she had never died. Jesus took her into the chariot. The angels went before them. A voice called, “Peace be to you, my brethren.”
–The Discourse of Theodosius
Holy Mary, thank you for bringing us closer to heaven
“Gaze on me, O my children, if you will, for I am helpless; gaze on your Maker, whether in contempt or in faith and love. Here I wait, upon the Cross, the appointed time of grace and mercy; here I wait till the end of the world, silent and motionless, for the conversion of the sinful and consolation of the just; here I remain in weakness and shame, though I am so great in heaven, till the end, patiently expecting My full catalogue of souls, who, when time is at length over, shall be the reward of My passion and the triumph of My grace to all eternity.”
…a meditation from Blessed John Henry Newman – Discourse 15
The Original Painting of Divine Mercy 1934
Thank You Saint Faustina
“The love of God and neighbor is the greatest expression of Divine Mercy.”
There is a treasure to be found in the ‘Diary of Maria Faustina Kowalska,’ explaining Heaven, Purgatory and the 7 sufferings of Hell.
Diary Entry #699:
“My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount o My mercy.”
Saint Faustina, pray for our current world
…and Vera, thank you for this diary that continues to transform me…