Saturday, March 05, 2016

Father help us to come to our senses and seek You.

"I will get up and go to my Father and I shall say to him:
Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you."  (Luke 15: 18  RM)

"We must celebrate with a feast,   for this son of mine was dead and has returned to life. He was lost and is  found.’ So the party began."  (Luke 15: 23 - 24 TLB)

"But it is right to celebrate. For he is your brother; and he was dead and has come back to life! He was lost and is found"  (Luke 15: 32 TLB)

Friday, March 04, 2016

Lord we pray to know Your Heart intimately

"Let us know, let us strive to know the Lord; as certain as the dawn is his coming.
He will come to us like the rain,
like spring rain that waters the earth.” (Hosea 6: 3 NABRE)

"For it is loyalty that I desire, not sacrifice, and knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings." (Hosea 6: 6  NABRE)

Lord we yearn to know Your Heart intimately, to love You passionately and to follow You everywhere.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

"I am like an evergreen cypress tree" Because of Me, you bear fruit.

"Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord,
for you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God."  (Psalm 86: 10 RM)

"Which is the first of all the commandments?”   Jesus replied, “The first is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone!   You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’"  (Mark 12: 28-31 NABRE)

"To love God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself,
is worth more than any sacrifice."  (Cf Mark 12: 13 RM)

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Do not let us cling to false hope for You promised us the rewards of Your truth.

"When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe.   But when one stronger  than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils."  (Luke 11: 21 - 22 NABRE)

The Lion of Judah is stronger than Satan.

"But if it is by the finger of God that  drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you."  (Luke 11: 20 NABRE)

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Lord cleanse us of all errors and make us worthy of Your promises

"Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place.   Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven."  (Matthew 5: 18 - 19 NABRE)

"Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life;
you have the words of everlasting life."  (See Jn 6:63c, 68c RM)

Monday, February 29, 2016

I forgave all your debt because you begged me.

"Since the servant had no way of paying it back, his master ordered him to be sold, along with his wife, his children, and all his property, in payment of the debt.   At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’" (Matthew 18: 25-26 NABRE)

"You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.   Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?’ Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt.  So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart.”  (Matthew 18: 32 - 35 NABRE)

How to obtain plenary indulgence in the Jubilee Year of Mercy 2016

How to obtain the Indulgences:

The Jubilee of Mercy , which is a season of grace, offers the possibility of obtaining a plenary indulgence through works of mercy and charity culminating in passing through a Holy Door of Mercy.

Look for a list of the Holy Doors in your Archdiocese/Diocese.
Those who seek the indulgence are asked to:

Participate in acts of mercy and charity (see a list corporal and spiritual works of mercy below)
Pass through one of the Holy Doors as a sign of conversion
Receive one the Sacrament of Reconciliation within 20 days of passing through the Holy Door
Receive Holy Communion

These pious exercises will accompany the prayer and celebration of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist as concrete signs of conversion and “immersion” in the Mercy of the Father (Jubilee of Mercy, pg 7).  As Jesus told the disciples in John 20:23, “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them…”

As indulgence is remission before God of the temporal punishment for sins, whose guilt is forgiven.  A properly disposed member of the Christian faithful obtains an indulgence under certain clearly defined conditions through the Intervention of Holy Mother Church.

As the member of Redemption, the Church dispenses and applies authoritatively the treasure of the expiatory works of Christ and the saints.

As indulgence is partial or plenary according to whether it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin.

For more on indulgences see the Manuel of Indulgences published by the USCCB and #1471 – 1479 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

1.Feed the hungry
2.Give drink to the thirsty
3.Clothe the naked
4.Shelter the homeless
5.Visit the sick
6.Visit the imprisoned
7.Bury the dead

1.Instruct the ignorant
2.Counsel the doubtful
3.Admonish sinners
4.Bear wrongs patiently
5.Forgive offences willingly
6.Comfort the afflicted
7.Pray for the living and the dead

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Your Sacraments O Lord are spirit and life.

"Elisha sent Naaman the message: “Go and wash seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will heal, and you will be clean.”  (2 Kings 5: 10 NABRE)

"But his servants came up and reasoned with him: “My father, if the prophet told you to do something extraordinary, would you not do it? All the more since he told you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?”   (2 Kings 5 : 13 NABRE)

"So Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times, according to the word of the man of God. His flesh became again like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean."  (2 Kings 5: 14 NABRE)