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This Past Divine Mercy Sunday…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on April 21, 2009

Was a most amazing Sunday!  At my parish, the Bishop of our diocese was in attendance for the celebration of the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist.  Almost all the recipients were not more than 10 yrs old, and each and every one of them seem to possess an enlightened understanding as to what they were receiving.  It was INCREDIBLE!

Many of them had tears in their eyes as they received Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time, while others had smiles so broad that you’d think their face would bust they were so wide!  Plus, each and everyone of them were very appropriately dressed.  I’ve seen First Eucharist outfits (for the girls especially) that make them look beyond their years and anything but innocent.  It was so encouraging to see these young girls looking as they should look, MODEST and BEAUTIFUL!  Our young gents were also quite well dressed in their tuxedos. =-)

Our Church was also very appropriately lit up, with three other priests present to concelebrate with the Bishop.  My particular church is a miniature replica of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy.  We have the lights in the ceiling that light up the ornate designs present in miniature.  Truly, it is BREATH-TAKING when all the lights are on.  With the Easter decor also present – many flowers!  My allergies just have a ‘ball’ when I’m reader…the whole atmosphere encourages such rejoicing!  Being that it was ALSO Divine Mercy Sunday, the rejoicing was even more appropriate than usual as GRACES were flowing in abundance!!!

A small reception followed with many group photo ops as well as individual ops.  Each one of the precious dears received gifts from many in the parish whom had come down for the occasion.  Their gratitude and excitement upon receiving the gifts were touching and noteworthy.  These young people KNEW EXACTLY the importance of their saying “YES” to God; I hope this encouraged many of us older folks to rededicate our lives to Jesus, as well.

Of course, the day would not have been complete without an opportunity to hear readings from the Diary of St. Faustina and pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, as well as having the opportunity to make confession and receive the full forgiveness of one’s sins –

(1146) “Let the greatest sinners place their trust in My Mercy… My daughter, write about My Mercy towards tormented souls.  Souls that make and appeal to My Mercy delight Me.  To such souls I grant even more graces than they ask. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy… before I come as a Just Judge, I first open wide the door of My Mercy...

The number in attendence was staggering.  Parking was almost impossible.  The confession lines were NEVER empty!  The Chaplet was sung by two Sisters of the TOR 3rd Order.  GRACE WAS FLOWING!  Many conversions happened that day.  And, OH HOW SAD was the SAVIOR’S heart that more did not come to Him in this Hour of Mercy granted to ALL HUMANITY throughout the WHOLE WORLD.  Yet in between the saddness was also great joy and celebration for those who’s salvation was made secure that day.

The conclusion of the day, for me, was at a choral concert that featured Sacred Music accompanied by a 40 piece orchestra.  Truly, the day was BEYOND COMPARE with any other Divine Mercy I have yet experienced.  I pray that you also, where ever you are, turned to our Loving Savior and received His GIFT of Divine Mercy.  How simple, how easy, how profound…

Further Reading…

Time of Grace Expiring?

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Lastly, but certainly not leastly…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on April 17, 2009

Who Are the Ignorant?

Webster defines Ignorant as: someone who is uninstructed, uniformed, and unlearned.

One really solid example comes to my mind, and it happened on a road, with a humble deacon named, Philip . You’ll find much of his history (Acts 21:7-9) in the book of Acts as well as the story involving an ignorant eunuch (Acts 8:26-40) who was trying to decipher the scriptures, but to no avail. With Philip’s help, the eunuch not only became learned in the scriptures he was reading, but also was baptized into the Faith and thus began to receive instruction from the Holy Spirit – Whom IS received at Baptism.

“Paul a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle…” Romans 1:1

One could also argue that the conversion of Saul on the road to Damascus could be another example.  But to my mind, Saul was not ignorant of the scriptures, but he was ignorant of Jesus and who Jesus truly was.  You can find his story as well in the book of Acts, beginning at chapter 9.

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It is often said, “Ignorance is bliss”, but the true reality is IGNORANCE is DANGEROUS.  If you are ignorant on how to give or take medicine properly you could seriously injure yourself or another or even cause death.  And to be ignorant of the Scriptures is to be IGNORANT of Jesus Christ, Himself.  That, by the way, was a borrowed quote from St. Jerome, one of the Church Fathers.

“I have come that you might have LIFE!”

It’s NOT ENOUGH to just know who Jesus is by name and reputation.  It is also necessary to KNOW Him through the Sacred Scriptures.  I have certainly utilized several on this site, but more can be opened to you by either attending Daily Mass or by dusting off and opening your bible yourself. =-)

So, the final question: Are you IGNORANT of Jesus, or ARROGANT in relation to the claims made with the realities existing by His Birth, Suffering, Death and Resurrection; or are you just plain INDIFFERENT to the words of the Savior?

It’s NOT TOO LATE!  In fact, THIS IS THE PERFECT TIME to come to the Merciful Savior and receive His Divine Mercy and Grace!  Okay, so you might have missed out on Lent, and Easter seemed to have passed you by… But He is STILL CALLING YOU:

Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me. ~ Rev 3:20

Do not wait too long.  His Mercy will eventually be turned to Justice.

Jesus, I Trust in You!

“He who refuses to pass through the door of My Mercy must pass through the door of My Justice.” Diary of St Faustina §1146

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Have COURAGE…call out to receive His Graces found in His Divine Mercy!

Begin with Mercy
Receive Mercy

Know this Mercy

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