“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…
Contemporary Angel Painting by Ivan Guaderrama
My Guardian Angel
Today, I honor you – Alexandria
for your constant protection against evil on my life
The counsels and suggestions from our guardian angels come from God for our benefit. They understand us, they are with us constantly. They read our thoughts. They see God always as they stand by us.
…Do you know your guardian angel by name?
It will be revealed to you if you ask…
Contemporary Angel Sculptures by Ivan Guaderrama
An Ancient Irish Poem Honoring
Saints Gabriel, Michael and Raphael – September 29
May Gabriel be with me on Sundays, and the power of the King of Heaven.
Michael on Monday I speak of, my mind is set on him.
If it be Tuesday, Raphael I mention, until the end comes, for my help.
These great Archangels lead the 9 choirs of angels
Gabriel, Strength of God
Michael, Defender of God’s People
Raphael, Healer for All…pray for us
“You walk on the wings of the wind, you make the winds your messengers and flashing fire on your servants.”
Head of the Madonna ca. 1509
by Franciabigio di Cristofano
Honoring the Most Holy Name of Mary – September 12
God created Mary from the beginning of Time
and She fell in love with the Word of God
becoming the supplication for our prayers to the Father.
Let us praise God for this mystery and love
sending His Son born of Mary – means of our salvation.
In the words of Saint Louis Grignion de Montfort:
“The salvation of each individual is bound up with the Prayer:”
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you,
blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
Holy Mary, Mother of God
pray for us sinner now and at the hour of our death.
The Birth of Mary – September 8
Happy Birthday! Mother Mary
Saints Anne and Joachim gave birth to Mary in Jerusalem about 20 BC, as promised by God in Genesis 3:15:
“…the serpent’s head will be crushed by the woman’s foot.”
Although there is no mention in Holy Scripture, an account of her birth is found in the Apocryphal Protoevangelium of James:
Mary was “…born by the hands of the angels…pure and stainless, beautiful and full of grace.”
Two excerpts from “The Mystical City of God” by Venerable Mary of Agreda:
“…and Mary was in the temple of the Lord as a dove that is nurtured: and she received food from the hand of an angel.”
“…those that shall invoke Her name with devout affection shall receive most abundant graces…shall be consoled and vivified and will find in it the remedies of their evils…the light which shall guide them to heaven.”
In the words of Sedulius, Christian poet of the 5th century:
“Mary has put an end to vices and taught the way of life.”
Together, let us pray:
Holy Mother Mary
Dawn of our salvation
Through your Son, Jesus Christ
Intercede for us, amen
Every Body Wants to Rule the World by Ecoseasons
The ‘Art of Dying well’
by Saint Robert Bellarmine
St. Bellarmine drew from Scripture some guideposts on how we can live and always be ready to meet Christ. Here is what I gleaned from his writings:
- Live well to die well – now is the time
- Die to the world – detach from the good things of this life by a moderate love of them
- Promote Faith, Hope and Love – be selfless charity toward others
- Be knowledgeable about death and the coming of the Lord – prepare
- Be good steward of wealth – help the poor
- Live soberly, justly and compassionately
- Cultivate daily prayer
“It is His breath that is in us, and when He wants to, He will take it away.”
-Pope Clement I-
Our lives and our final hour are in God’s hands