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The Shining of God’s Face on All Humanity

From Msgr George Brubaker – 

Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish,

New Castle, DE

We began the New Year 2023 by celebrating the Solemnity of Blessed Ever-Virgin Mary’s Motherhood in giving birth to Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. The First Word of the New Year was the blessing God gave his people through Moses, Aaron, and his sons. God told Moses to tell Aaron and his sons to say to the people:

“Thus you shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to them, the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:22-26

The light of God’s face shining on his people is the sign of his grace and favor, his peace for them.

God’s shining face reminds us of Moses’ face after he met with God on Mt. Sinai. When he came down from the mountain after forty days and nights his face shone so bright the people asked him to cover his face because it was so bright. When we see God’s face shine on us, then we can shine the same light on one another. We pray in several of the Eucharistic Prayers at Mass that God will let his face shine on our deceased brothers and sisters and welcome them into His Kingdom and His glory forever. God’s face glows with everlasting light.

   When we pray that Mary let her Flame of Love shine on us and on all humanity we are praying that God will bless us today with the Flame of Mary’s Love and faithfulness just as He had Moses tell Aaron and his sons to bless the Israelites with the light of His face. The icon of Mary blessing us with the Flame of Love is her praying with the Apostles after the Ascension. She already had the Holy Spirit in her heart and soul and prayed that the Apostles would receive the same outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost so they could bring the Gospel out from Jerusalem into the nations, to let the Spirit of God’s truth in Jesus Christ shine upon all peoples. We need the Flame of Love today to shine on the whole world, on all peoples. That Flame of Love is the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit that brought about the Motherhood of the Blessed Ever-Virgin Mary, the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, and the shining of God’s face on all humanity.

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Father Blount on Divine Love and the Eucharist

Talk about Eucharistic Revival! Watch for the moment when Father Blount’s heart becomes enflamed describing the infinite love we receive at Holy Mass, as his message is being translated to Lithuanian.
Father Blount help us to understand the mystery and truth of Divine Love and some “saintly secrets” for our journey to Heaven. “We have to be careful sometimes at Mass, because we might float off the floor.” This message was recorded from Father Blount’s international travels, readings from Oct. 30, 2022. Praying for our Lithuanian brothers and sisters as the spread the Flame of Love.

+JMJ+

First Brothers, I want to point out to you, and the first reading today from the Book of Wisdom, an unusually beautiful phrase is used for God. The book calls Him, “O Lord and Lover of Souls.” Lover. Lover of Souls. This is something incredible. God didn’t make you and I just like another thing. We are not things; we are persons made in the image and likeness of God. And so, we have a value that’s infinite. That’s why it’s a great, it’s the greatest tragedy for someone to go to hell.

Everyone was actually made for Heaven. The Lord when He first made the universe, He didn’t make a hell. He had to make it later for lucifer because lucifer exited Heaven. But when He made it for lucifer he didn’t want us to go there. We weren’t destined to go there. It was made for the fallen angels. And so, you must write this on your heart, you were made for Heaven.

The best way to ensure that we enter Heaven one day, the best way to ensure that, is to begin living today as if we were already in Heaven. Amen.

If we live here as if we were in Heaven, we will be ready. It will be easy when we die. Easy. Because we will recognize Heaven. Amen.

Now a second important aspect of today’s readings, first we saw that God is a lover of souls. He desires a friendship with us.

So, we see in the second reading in the book of Psalms, “I will praise Your name forever my King and my God.” And so, we see now the beginning of a relationship.

So, it’s not just that God loves souls, but souls love God.

Now this is amazing . . . The table, it can’t love God. God loves the table, but the table doesn’t love God. It can’t love God. And God loves the trees, but only a person can love God back. It’s almost like a man and a woman falling in love.

A man sees God and he falls in love and so the Psalms says, “I will praise your name forever, my King and my God.”

So, we don’t just love God, we are in love with God. Mamma Mia!

We don’t just love Him we are in love with Him, and so we enter into praise and thanksgiving. This is a powerful love. It’s not a little love, not a little tiny quiet love.

Sometimes it is quiet but then it must break forth in praise.

You only praise what you love.

If you’re watching your favorite football team, Go! Go! Go!

And if you look at your favorite person God,  I praise You! I Praise You! I love You!

Praise is the fullness of love. When you love greatly you praise. When you love your wife or your husband, you praise them. You’re the most beautiful woman in the world. Or you have a little boy and a little girl. How’s the best little boy in the whole world? And when you’re in love with God, you have a flame in your heart, and you have to praise Him, or you’ll die. You will die. You have to praise Him. Love must be expressed. And so that’s what we’re trying to do at Mass. Mass is the praise of God.  And we want to enter into Mass with a great love. The Mass should be beautiful. Whether it’s a small Mass or in a Cathedral – the same thing. You want the Flame of Love to come down over every Mass. You want to begin to love God with a great love.

Now I will share with you one more secret. God has done for us something even more.

He not only made us into persons. He not only loves us, and He not only calls us to a relationship of love. But when we receive Holy Communion, we receive God Himself. We are united with God, and His love mingles with our love. Suddenly we are loving God with God’s love. God’s love in me is loving God. With the Eucharist I love God with God’s love. This is an infinite love. This is bliss. We have to be careful sometimes at Mass because we might float off the floor. Because we fall in love with God, with God’s own love, and this will be our Heaven forever. Mass is the beginning of Heaven.

Thank you to Fr. Blount and our Lithuanian brothers and sister for helping to preserve this message.  

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We are God’s Family!

Written by Fr. Kevin Barrett – Chaplin

Apostolate for Family Consecration

Then the Virgin spoke: “My anguish comes from the danger that threatens the whole world because families are no longer places of prayer. I want to save the world, and I want you to be the first to experience this immense power to blind Satan. You will receive the great grace by which we will save souls from eternal condemnation.”

Virgin Mary to Elizabeth Kindelmann

My dear friends in the Holy Family,

As we begin a New Year of grace, 2023, the wonder of Christmas still lingers in our hearts! The God Whom the whole universe cannot contain, enclosed Himself in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary! He was born in the humblest of settings, the cave of Bethlehem, then chose to live the hidden life of the Holy Family for 30 of His 33 years on earth, sanctifying all the ordinary activities of the family.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that the Holy Family is an icon of the mystery of the Holy Trinity, one God in three Divine Persons given completely to one another in an eternal communion of love!

Jesus revealed to us that God is our Father, Mary is our Mother, and that Jesus is our Brother & Savior; we are God’s family! Is it any wonder satan relentlessly attacks the family, and God’s plan for marriage & human sexuality? “The future of the world & the Church passes through the family” said Pope St. John Paul II.

Let us fight confidently with the Flame of Love prayers that Heaven has provided for us in our times, blinding satan, and assisting our Mother & Queen, to crush the serpent with her heel, by means of faithful humble families!

Week Four – Ordinary Time – Friday, February 3rd

The completion of the Story of John the Baptist (Mark 6:14-29)

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, let me not be swerved by the opinions of others.

Imagination:

Picture Herod with his party guests.

Context:

This section is an interlude, which Mark inserts between the sending of the Twelve and their return. It is the only story that does not focus on Jesus and his disciples and is written to complete the story of John the Baptist. The text will shorten the lengthy reading.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus’ reputation grew and people were saying that John the Baptist has been raised from the dead. Others said that he is Elijah or a prophet equal to any of the prophets. Herod thought he was John the Baptist, whom he killed, raised from the dead.

Herod had John imprisoned because he said, “It is not right for you to live with your brother’s wife.”  Herodias harbored a grudge and wanted to kill John but was unable to do so.

Herodias had her chance when Herod held a birthday dinner for his court officers, military officers and leading men of Galilee. Herodias’ daughter did a dance which pleased the King so much that he told the girl, “Ask for anything you want, even to half of my kingdom, and I will give it to you.” Herodias told her to ask for the head of John the Baptist on a platter.

The King regretted his offer but due to the presence of his guests, he sent an executioner to bring back the Baptist’s head. When John’s disciples heard of his death, they buried his body in a tomb.

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)

  1. Everything in this story is distorted, and out of kilter. The three opinions about Jesus have no basis in reality.
  2. Herod is filled with fears and believes John has been raised from the dead.
  3. His passions are out of order, both in his marriage and at this birthday party.
  4. He makes terrible blunders, promising a dancing girl whatever she wanted.
  5. His wife is also filled with evil, always trying to kill John the Baptist.
  6. These evils accumulate and result in an unthought-of event. John is beheaded.
  7. Only his disciples act with thoughtfulness and dignity.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • O Jesus, you alone save me from superstition, absurdity and darkness.
  • Cast out all my fears. By your power, I can live in light and peace.
  • Quiet my passions. Cool my evil desires. By your Spirit, I will practice self-control.
  • O Jesus, how many blunders I have made. No more. I will walk in your light.
  • Do not let evil grow. Let me repent quickly of all my sinful decisions. You will make me firm again.
  • I will be your disciple, with a life full of good deeds and kindly acts.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+  I will examine the disorders in my life. What actions should I take?

+  I will quickly repent of every sinful action.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

The king regretted his offer but he was fearful about what his guests would think.

Content With What We Have

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Friday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Content With What We Have


I see that you have little faith. Why are you impatient? It is My responsibility to give you a spiritual director. Do not fear. I will give you a director according to My Heart. Do not fear, I will never abandon you.” (Jesus) (August 16, 1962)


Today’s Readings: Let your life be free from love of money

but be content with what you have,

for he has said, I will never forsake you or abandon you. (Hebrews 13)


Prayer Meditation- Lord it is so easy to strive constantly for more- whatever is new and shiny that we think we have to have! Even spiritually- we run ahead of You looking for the big breakthrough yet where we are is where You want to sanctify us! Lord help us be content in all the circumstances we find ourselves- in worry, in want, in darkness and lack of clarity, in fear and trouble! You will never forsake or abandon us!

Week Four – Ordinary Time – Thursday, February 2nd

The Presentation of the Lord

Simeon’s Inspired Words (Lk 2:22-32)

Prayer:  

Come, Holy Spirit. Lead me this day to your divine appointment.

Imagination:   

Picture Simeon praising God with Jesus in his arms.

Context:

After forty days, Mary and Joseph fulfill the Mosaic Law by presenting Jesus in the temple.  Surprisingly, Simeon appears on the scene. Luke says that the Holy Spirit was with Simeon, revealed the future to him and led him into the temple.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

In Jerusalem was a man named Simeon. He was just, devout and waited for the consolation of Israel. The Holy Spirit was with him. The Spirit had told him that he would not see death until he had seen the anointed one of the Lord.

On this day, the Spirit led him to the temple. When his parents brought in the child Jesus, according to the custom of the law, he took him in his arms and blessed God.

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)

  1. Simeon totally dedicated his life to God.
  2. He is just, devout and awaiting the consolation of Israel.
  3. Even more important, the Spirit of God is upon him.
  4. The Spirit had spoken to him, promising that he would see the Messiah.
  5. Simeon is not a priest and has no duty to remain in the temple. He is guided by the Spirit.
  6. The Spirit says, “Go quickly to the temple, Simeon. Today is the day.”
  7. He keeps his divine appointment. He is at the right place at the right time, the very moment when the parents bring in the child.
  8. He receives his promised gift, seeing and holding the Messiah.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • O God, I will be devout and await your kingdom.
  • O Jesus, let your Spirit anoint me.
  • Help me to believe your promises to me.
  • When your Spirit speaks, I will listen. When he leads, I will follow.
  • O God, let your inner stirrings move me to the right place at the right time.
  • Jesus, someday I will see you and hold you.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+  With God’s help, I will be just and devout today.

+  Today, I will open my heart to the Spirit’s promptings.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

On this day, the Spirit led Simeon to the temple.

Living Fire

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Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas)

Living Fire

On the feast of Candlemas, my beloved sons will introduce the Flame of Love of my heart in procession, so that, in such fashion, it becomes a living fire in their hearts and souls. (Mary) (May 4, 1962)

Today’s Readings:

Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.” (Luke 2)

Prayer Meditation: O Lord on this special day when You were presented to Your Temple as the Light of the World, let us spread the Flame of Love in all hearts and souls so that Your Glory will be fully revealed on Earth! Come Holy Spirit, Come by the means of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary! Let’s spread the Flame from heart to heart today!

Week Four – Ordinary Time – Wednesday, February 1st

Rejected by His Own People (Mk 6:1-6)

Prayer:

O Jesus, I honor you as the true prophet who has come into the world.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus in the synagogue at Nazareth.

Context:

Jesus returns to Nazareth, accompanied by his disciples. After his teaching, the crowd asks itself three questions which summarize Mark’s gospel. Jesus has shown authority, wisdom and healing powers. However, the whole atmosphere of the synagogue is disbelief. The result is a foregone conclusion. Jesus can heal only a few who have faith.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus came to his own town with his disciples. On a sabbath, he entered the synagogue and began to teach. Many listened in admiration, saying, “How did he learn all these things? Where did he get this wisdom? By what power can he do these works?

Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Jude and Simon? Are not his sisters with us.” They found him too much for them.

Jesus said to them, “A prophet is without honor only in his native place, in his own house and among his own relatives.” He could work no miracle there. He only cured a few people by laying hands on them.

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)

  1. In his return to Nazareth, Jesus has much greater stature. He enjoys a reputation and has a large group of disciples.
  2. He acts at Nazareth exactly as he did in the other towns. He teaches about the power of God.
  3. The reaction here is different. There is no awe or wonder or pressing in to touch his garment.
  4. Jesus confronts this response. Hometown people often refuse to believe the greatness of someone they know so well.
  5. Jesus is deeply disappointed. He cannot help the very people he grew up with.
  6. Nazareth loses its blessings. They are deprived of divine miracles. Even more important, they have no faith in Jesus, their native son.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • Jesus, you are known to the whole world. Your believers live in every country. This is a great sign to me.
  • You offer your powers to everyone. You will bless all who believe.
  • Jesus, you want to bless me. Your only disappointment is when I do not believe.
  • Fill me with awe and wonder. Let me press in like the believing woman.
  • How many blessings will come from you today! Let me gather them up. Everyone is important.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+  I will see every event this day in the light of faith.

+  I will ask for blessings all day long.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

He could work no miracle there.

Tough Crowd

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Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Tough Crowd


Many people in your neighborhood have known you for years. You have fought your great battles before their eyes. (Mary) (November 19, 1962)


Today’s Readings: Jesus said to them,

“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house.” So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there, apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith. (Mark 6)


Prayer Meditation- Lord, I think so many of us can relate to today’s Gospel. We all come from families and hometowns, people who have known us for years. They have watched us rise and fall and have formed opinions about us- they are familiar with who we are and where we have been. And then someday something changes- for many of us reading this that “something” may well be You in our lives! And as You change us our loved ones may not know what to make of us. Lord You know well the pain of being rejected by Your own family members and neighbors. Our Lady knows well what it is like to suffer these pains as well as She watched You almost run off a cliff (Luke 4:29) in the Gospel of Luke version of this story. Lord, today we pray for all of our families- that our family members would be open to Your Grace despite the fact that we hold Your Treasures in earthen vessels (2 Corinthians 4:7).

Week Four – Ordinary Time – Tuesday, January 31st

Raising a Girl to Life (Mk 5:21-43)

Prayer:

O Jesus, raise me to new life in Your Holy Spirit.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus raising the girl to life.

Context:

Mark carefully notes that Jesus returns to Jewish territory and the atmosphere is filled with faith.  At Jairus’ home, however, people have little faith. So Jesus casts them out. Only those with faith are present (because Mark knows Jairus’ name, he probably was a member of Mark’s church).

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

When Jesus came to the other side, Jairus, a leader of the synagogue, fell at his feet and said, “My daughter is at the point of death. Please come and lay your hands upon her so she may get well and live.

While on their way, some from Jairus’ family came and said, “Your daughter is dead. Why bother the master anymore?” Hearing this, Jesus said to him, “Fear is useless. What is needed is trust.” Jesus allowed only Peter, James and John, (the brother of James), to accompany him.

At the house of Jairus, Jesus heard a loud noise and saw people weeping and wailing.  Entering the house, he said, “Why do you make such a noise? The child is not dead. She is asleep.” They laughed him to scorn. He put them all out. Jesus took the father, the mother and his companions, and entered the room where the child was. Taking her by the hand, he said, “Talitha, Koum,” that is “Little girl, get up.” Immediately, she got up and walked. She was twelve years old. Jesus told them strictly that they tell no one and should give her something to eat.

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)

  1. Jairus is filled with faith. He knows Jesus can heal his daughter. Since we know his name he must have remained a faithful disciple.
  2. However, Jairus’ friends who lack his faith and discourage his mission.
  3. Jesus sets aside their advice. Fear is useless. Trust is needed.
  4. Jesus encounters others with no faith at all. They ridicule the whole mission 
  5. Jesus excludes them all. He takes only those who believe and will not interfere with God’s powers.
  6. He orders the girl to get up from the dead, a preview of his own resurrection.
  7. She is twelve, the needed age to be a qualified witness. By eating, she proves that Jesus has given life to her body.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • O Jesus, let this gospel story fill me with faith.
  • Come to my house. Lay your healing hands upon me.
  • Cast out my doubts. Remove my fears. Your powers have no bounds. 
  • Take my hand. Raise me up. Give me new life. Take away the death of my sins.
  • I will tell others.  I will be your witness, a sign to others of your goodness to mankind.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+  I will go to Jesus in full trust that he will help me with every problem.

+  I will not allow discouraging words to steal my faith.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

“Little girl. Get up.” Immediately, she got up and walked.

Rise

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Memorial of Saint John Bosco

Rise!


“Because your soul has been purified of the anguish of doubts, you now have been given the power to rise to the heavenly Father and be immersed in the delightful and joyful contemplation of the Holy Trinity. (Jesus) (October 23-24, 1963)


Today’s Readings: He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,”

which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!” (Mark 5)


Prayer Meditation: Lord You so want to heal us and purify us of what is holding us back- illness, doubts, fears and anxieties, the stress of everyday life! Every day You call us to life abundant in You- to rise from the things that enemy has come to kill steal and destroy (John 10:10)! Lord take us by the hand today- say to us Rise! Lord may we come when You call!

Week Four – Ordinary Time – Monday, January 30th

Power Over Satan (Mk 5:1-20)

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, set me free in the power of your name.

Imagination:

Picture the possessed man coming to Jesus and his disciples.

Context:

Although this story seems strange, biblical scholars agree that it happened (although it probably is two stories joined together). Jesus began his ministry to Israel with an exorcism. Now, as he reaches Gentile territory for the first time, he again performs an exorcism.   

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

When they came to the country of the Gerasenes, Jesus got out of the ship and was met by a man with an unclean spirit. He had been living among the tombs and could not be constrained even with chains, for he had pulled them apart and smashed them. Day and night he was among the tombs, crying out and cutting himself.

Seeing Jesus afar off, he ran up and adored him. Crying out, he said, “What have I to do with you, Jesus, Son of the most high God? I adjure you by God that you do not torment me. He said this because Jesus was saying, “Unclean spirit, come out of the man.”

Jesus asked him “What is your name?” He answered, “My name is Legion because we are many.” And they asked Jesus not to drive them far from this region.

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)

  1. The devil loves the tombs, where all is death. 
  2. The man’s state is horrendous. He is lonely, insane and self-destructive.
  3. When Jesus arrives, however, he senses that he can find freedom and new life.
  4. The devils know that Jesus possesses greater power and that they are about to lose their control.
  5. Since Jesus has authority, they must admit that they are a legion of devils.
  6. They are helpless. Soon, they will surrender their resting place.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • O Jesus, without you I am as good as dead to all that you have created.
  • My life would have only loneliness, endless torture and anxiety.
  • But you came into my life. Your light pierced my darkness and I came to you.
  • Lord, your power is greater than my demons.  In your name, I am free.
  • O Jesus, I run to you. I see in you a light of hope.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+  I will not lose hope in facing the darkness of despair.

+  I will call out to Jesus to use his power.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

Seeing Jesus, afar off, he ran to him.

Show and Tell

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Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Show and Tell

Jesus: “Do you know why I make you write about the different events in your life? Because these are reflections of My graces in your soul that you – I know it well – would never tell others. In this manner, I oblige you to write so all will see the Divine Work that I have done in your soul since your childhood” (July 24, 1965)

Today’s Readings: “Go home to your family and announce to them 
all that the Lord in his pity has done for you.” (Mark 5)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, how can we ever repay You for Your Great Mercy towards us and how You have set us free from sin, misery and death! Lord You have given us supernatural life and have set us free from the chains that bound us! Each day through prayer, meditating on Your Word, and through the Sacraments guided by the Holy Spirit You have not left us orphans! Each day You are changing us into Your image from glory to glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18)! Lord help us to show and tell through our words and deeds all that You have done for us!

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – January 29th

The First Four Beatitudes – Part I – (Mt 5:1-5, 12a)

Prayer:

O Jesus, call me to a special goodness and help me to be a faithful disciple.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus preaching to the disciples.

Context:

Matthew’s teachings are broken into five sections, (like the five books of Moses). The beatitudes are Jesus’ first major teaching. Matthew, seeing a decline in fervor in his church, sets a high level of morality. He calls this “the greater righteousness.” We will pray these beatitudes in two parts.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up the mountain. After he sat down, his disciples gathered and he began to teach them.

Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs.

Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the land.

Blessed are those who mourn; for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for holiness; they shall have their fill.

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)

  1. Climbing the mountain and sitting down show the authority of Jesus in these teachings.
  2. He teaches his disciples. They must know what is required of those seeking the Kingdom.
  3. To be rich in the Kingdom, the disciples must be poor in their own spirit.
  4. To gain everything, the disciples must not claim anything as their own.
  5. To be comforted in a surprising way, they must be sorrowful when people do not accept the Kingdom.
  6. To be made holy, they must hunger and thirst for Jesus’ new righteousness.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • O Jesus, use your authority.  Establish your Kingdom in my heart.
  • Teach me, Jesus. I will listen attentively. I want to be your disciple.
  • To gain your Kingdom, I will leave everything behind.
  • If I claim nothing. You will give me every treasure of the Kingdom.
  • O Jesus, so many people reject you. What can I do to extend your Kingdom?
  • I want only to be close to you. What else should I seek? You are Jesus of Nazareth.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own)

+  I will say often, “Your Kingdom come.”

+  I will have only Jesus as my teacher.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

The disciples gathered around Jesus and he began to teach them.

No Matter How Small

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

No Matter How Small

“You, little spark, no matter how small you are, were created by Me and from Me. Draw close to Me without fear.” (Jesus) (August 21, 1962)

Today’s Readings: Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise,
and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong,
and God chose the lowly and despised of the world,
those who count for nothing,
to reduce to nothing those who are something,
so that no human being might boast before God (1 Corinthians 1)

Prayer Meditation- O Lord we can feel so small and insignificant and begin to wonder who are we that You would be mindful of us (Psalm 8:4)! We are foolish and weak in our own eyes and in the eyes of the world yet You chose us to be Your Children! Our Lady has told Elizabeth that it is through the humble and little that the great outpouring of grace of the Flame of Love will shake the world! Lord help us to walk the little way of darkness as we walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

Week Three – Ordinary Time – Saturday, January 28th

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS, PRIEST & DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

Power Over the Sea (Mk 4:35-41)

Prayer:

O Jesus, calm the storms in my own life.

Imagination:

Picture the fearful disciples in the boat, while Jesus calms the sea.

Context:

Mark begins a series of 5 stories showing Jesus’ power. In this first calming of the sea (Jesus does it a second time in 6:45-52), Jesus is in the boat. The text highlights the disciples waking him up (before the miracle) and their awe at his power (after the miracle).

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

When evening came, Jesus said, “Let us go to the other side. Jesus dispersed the crowd and they took him in their boat. There were also other boats. A storm blew up and the waves beat against the boat which filled up with water.

Jesus was in the rear part, asleep on a pillow. They woke him up and said, “Master, are you not concerned that we could die?” Getting up, he rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace, be still.” The wind ceased and the sea became calm.

Jesus said to them, “Why are you fearful? Are you lacking in faith?” They were very much afraid and said to one another, “Who is this whom even the wind and the sea obey?”

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)

  1. There were many boats but Jesus travels in the boat with his disciples. He wants them to witness his power.
  2. The wind and the sea are symbols of demonic chaos that can destroy our desire to be good disciples.
  3. The disciples have faith. They wake Jesus up, wanting the storm to be ended.
  4. However, if they had greater faith, they would have left him sleeping. 
  5. Faith believes in Jesus, whether he is awake or asleep.
  6. He rebukes the wind and the sea, just as he rebuked the devils in his exorcisms.
  7. As always, peace overcomes the chaos. 
  8. The apostles know that only God can tame the wind and sea. So, they ask, “Who is this Jesus?”

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • O Jesus, travel in my boat. You are always welcome.
  • When chaos and evil surround me, You alone are my safeguard.
  • When I awaken you, you always help me.
  • Let me imitate the Little Flower, who allowed you to sleep even when the storms raged.
  • You can sleep, Jesus and still care for me.
  • You are Lord. You are God. You are Saviour. You are Redeemer. You are powerful. I am weak.

Resolutions: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

+  I will never begin a task without having Jesus in my boat.

+  I will always believe that his power can do all things.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

Even the wind and the sea obey him.

Bending In The Wind

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Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas

Bending In The Wind

Whoever serve Me, My little one, cannot be a reed bending in the wind. She must persevere firmly at My side with an unshakeable determination. (Jesus) (February 4, 1963)

Today’s Readings: He woke up,
rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!”
The wind ceased and there was great calm.
Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified?
Do you not yet have faith?” (Mark 4)

Prayer Meditation- O Lord we are so often reeds bending in the wind at the slightest puff of trouble! In the storms of life big or small we despair of Your Help even though we know You are there sleeping in our small boats! Lord give us unshakable faith and determination even when it seems we are sinking because You are always at our sides!

Week Three – Ordinary Time – Friday, January 27th

Seeds of the Kingdom (Mk 4:26-34)

Prayer:

O Jesus, plant your Kingdom on my heart.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching the crowds.

Context:

Jesus uses two parables concerning seeds to show the power of the Kingdom. In the first parable, the farmer does nothing but “go to bed.” In the second parable, the tiniest seed produces the “largest of trees.” 

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is like a man casting seed on the earth. He goes to bed and gets up, day after day. The seed grows but he does not know how because the earth itself brings forth first the blade, then the ear and then the wheat in the ear. When the crop is ready, he immediately wields the sickle because the harvest has come.”

Jesus also said, “What comparison can we use for the Kingdom of God? Or what image can we use to portray it? It is like a grain of mustard seed planted in the earth, the smallest of all the seeds.  When it grows, it becomes the largest of shrubs and gives off great branches so all the birds of the air live under its shadow.”

By means of these parables he taught the crowds the message in the way that they could understand. When alone with the disciples, he explained things privately.

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)

  1. Jesus explains great mysteries by using images that people easily understand.
  2. The farmer does two things. He just plants the seed and he harvests the crop.
  3. He does not even understand the important part of the process (the seed growing).  He just goes to bed.
  4. Meanwhile, the seeds grow perfectly according to the right stages of blade, ear and wheat.
  5. The mustard seed contains the same mystery. What a difference between the small beginning and the final result. No one does anything. They do not even harvest it.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • O Jesus, your teaching is easy to understand.  
  • Lord, open my heart to your Kingdom and allow it to grow within me.
  • O Jesus, the abundance comes from the powerful Kingdom that you gave me in Baptism.
  • Only Your Kingdom gives my life its full purpose.
  • How much I will accomplish if I allow your seeds to grow!
  • If I yield to your Kingdom, You will bless many others.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+  I will totally trust the power of the Kingdom.

+  I will believe that God wants to accomplish great things through me.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

The seed grows by itself and the farmer knows nothing.

Sowing Seeds

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Friday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

Sowing Seeds

If, eventually, you ask to speak and it is granted to you, may my power be with you. Let each word be like a seed planted so those listening produce an abundant harvest. (Mary) (July 26, 1971)

Today’s Readings: Jesus said to the crowds:

“This is how it is with the Kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. (Mark 4)


Prayer Meditation: O Lord, we do not know how the seed will grow or where it will take root, that is not our job. Our job is to be faithful to planting the seeds to spread Your Kingdom here on Earth. Mary’s Flame of Love will ignite many hearts so let The Spirit speak through us when the time is right (Matthew 10) as we sow the seeds of Your Kingdom here on Earth as it is in Heaven!

Week Three – Ordinary Time – Thursday, January 26th

Some Sayings (Mk 4:21-25)

Prayer:

O Lord, put your light on the lampstand of my heart.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus speaking to the disciples.

Context:

This text is really four different sayings which Mark links by opposite words, like hidden/revealed and given/taken away. They are all teachings about the Kingdom.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said to the crowd, “Is a lamp acquired to be put under a bushel basket or hidden under a bed? Is it not meant to be set on the lampstand?

Nothing is hidden which will not be revealed. Nothing is secret that will not be told. Let him who has ears to hear me, hear.”

He said, “Listen carefully to what you hear. In the measure that you measure out, you shall receive and more beside.

To the one who has, more will be given. To him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)

  1. In Palestine, a lit candle was put under a basket or a bed, so the people could sleep.  That, however, is not where the light of the Kingdom belongs.
  2. When the Kingdom comes, all will be revealed. 
  3. The disciple must not stay in the darkness.
  4. Jesus constantly warns. When he gives us his Kingdom we have a responsibility to accept the favor.
  5. A limited acceptance of the Kingdom means limited blessings (the measure by which you measure).
  6. If you receive the Kingdom abundantly, you will receive more. If you seek only a little, you will probably lose that also, because you did not appreciate the gift. 

Affection: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • O Jesus, let the light of your Kingdom dominate all my desires.
  • You see everything, Jesus. You see my desires, my thoughts, my words, my deeds. Nothing is done in darkness.
  • When you speak, let my ears hear and my heart respond.
  • Your Kingdom is everything to me. I seek nothing else.
  • O Jesus, I will make more room in my heart for your Kingdom.
  •  Multiply the favors of your Kingdom. Never take away what I treasure so much.

Resolutions: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

+  I will examine my heart. Do I seek only God’s Kingdom?

+  I will walk in light and in truth, never in darkness and in lies. 

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

To him who has, more will be given.

Not For Sissies-Stir Into Flame!

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Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus

Not For Sissies- Stir Into Flame


Suffer with courage, perseverance and sincere abandonment. All that you can do for Me on Earth is meritorious (Jesus) (July 24, 1963)


Today’s Readings:

For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1)


Prayer Meditation: O Lord You did not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love and self- control. Stir the Flame of Love in us so that we will persevere in the work You have given us no matter how small it may seem in the natural- every sacrifice and prayer offered is for the love of You and the salvation of souls. Lord, my mother always told me that this life is not for sissies- give us courage to know and do Your will in the present moment even if we are doing it afraid!

Week Three – Ordinary Time – Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Rebuking the Disciples (Mk 16:15-18)

Prayer:  

O Jesus, heal my lack of faith.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus gathered with his disciples at table.

Context:

Mark summarizes the Easter visions. Jesus rose and appeared to Mary Magdalen. She told the disciples. He appeared to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. They, too, announced the good news but the other disciples did not believe. When Jesus comes, he has to rebuke them for lack of faith.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus rose from the dead early on the first day of the week, appearing first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. She went and told his disciples who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that he was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe.  Later on, as two disciples were walking in the country, he appeared to them, totally changed in appearance. They told the disciples also, but they did not believe them either.

Finally, he appeared to the eleven as they were at table. He rebuked them for their lack of faith and hardness of heart because they did not believe those who had seen him after he had risen.  He said to them, “Go into the whole world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)

  1. Mark recounts Jesus’ appearances so we believe.
  2. Everyone who saw Jesus told the story to the disciples.
  3. The evidence mounts up, but they refuse to open their minds.
  4. Finally, Jesus has to come. He loves the disciples and wants them to have faith.
  5. At the same time, he must confront their hard hearts which continually stayed closed.  
  6. In spite of this, Jesus chooses them to be his messengers to all the world. 
  7. Their great success in preaching justifies Jesus’ faith in them.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • O Jesus, I know the stories of your rising. The evidence overwhelms me.
  • Thank you, Jesus, for dying and rising for me.
  • You come to me. You sit at table. You give me your Body and your Blood.
  • You commission me. You send me. You say “Tell the whole world.”
  • I will preach. I will witness. I will tell everyone. Certainly, some will believe.
  • Come, Lord Jesus, come soon.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+  I will thank Jesus for the abundant evidence that he rose from the dead.

+  I will also study his many more apparitions, (Sacred Heart and Divine Mercy).

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

While they were at table, Jesus was revealed to the Eleven.

Blinded By The Light

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Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

Blinded By The Light

As I was kneeling silently before the Lord, a great brightness shone before my spiritual eyes, but I could not see it clearly. It was like a living light which sparkled and sent out small flashing particles in every direction. These particles were smaller than a grain of dust. Nevertheless, even the smallest particle shone with a great flash. (Elizabeth) (May 2, 1962)


Today’s Readings: On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” He said, “Who are you, sir?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.(Acts 9)


Prayer Meditation- Lord as I spent time in prayer with You this morning meditating on this well known and loved conversion story of Saint Paul it struck me that he was blinded by Love, Your Flame of Love! Lord, some of us may have had conversion experiences like this where suddenly the scales fall from our eyes. Many of us do not have some “I’ve seen the light” experience but our hearts are illumined by Your Light of Love little by little, maybe kneeling in prayer, spending more and more time seeking Your Face. In any event, when the Your Light hits the darkness of our lives, we are never the same! There is a movie called Full of Grace about the life of Mary after the Ascension. My favorite line is when Mary tells the Apostles whatever they do in their lives to always remember that moment when we felt Your Gaze and saw Your Face! And if we haven’t felt Your Gaze yet, Lord give us faith to ask for this Grace! Because nothing is ever the same after hearts are set on fire with the Flame of Your Love! And if we have forgotten about that moment Lord we ask You to remind us of who we are in You! Lord, like Paul let us now proceed because You have made us Your own. Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead we press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14).