Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fr. Bozada – Divine Mercy Is A Gift

26 Oct 2010 07:34 AM PDT
Divine Mercy

My Dear People,

Beg For Divine Mercy

God’s Divine Mercy is a gift. It flows from the Holy Wounds of Jesus Christ from the Cross. Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity are extended to us so that we might be freed from eternal damnation. When the tax collector begs for Divine Mercy, God the Father lavishly pours it over the sinner. Luke’s Gospel reminds us that God Our Father in Heaven is generous with His Gifts. He asks only for our humility and obedience in return. The tax collector surrenders himself to God. Therefore, God grants the sinner His forgiveness. In the process, the tax collector is lifted up to God with great joy.

Angels and saints rejoice in heaven over repentant sinners. Self-righteousness suffocates Divine Mercy. We must be careful not to compare ourselves to others, otherwise we might fall into the same trap as the Pharisees. Seek the Lord. Call to Him. Pray to remain obedient and humble in God’s eyes. Rejoice in His love for you. He will never abandon you. His Mercy first forever.

St. Rose Phillippine Duchesne – The Saint Who Prayed Always 

St. Rose Phillippine Duchesne was born in Grenoble, France during the French Revolution. She had a great desire to leave France and serve the Native American population in America. As a Madame of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, she came to serve at their academy in St. Charles, MO and in Florissant, MO. It wasn’t until the end of her life that she got her wish to serve the Indian community in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. It was at that mission, that this great Saint and patron of St. Louis, MO became known as the “saint who prays ALWAYS.”

The Indian children would place leaves and sticks upon her feet as she knelt to pray at night, to see if she would stop and to take a break. Eight hours later the next day, they would find the twigs in exactly the same place as they had left them the previous night before, undisturbed. What a great witness for the Church, to have such a dedicated lover of Jesus constantly in prayer. Today’s Gospel from Luke teaches us that we are to be persistent in our prayer. Would anyone accuse you of praying constantly to Our Lord? What a great accusation that would be. Ceaseless prayer should be the goal of all Christians. Ask God for a prayerful heart. He will give you your hearts desire.

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,

Fr. Mark Bozada

May we kneel before God everyday, humbly recognizing that everything we have is a gift. May we ask God to guide us in the ways we use and share His gifts to us.

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