We Share the Glory of the Cross

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by Monsignor Ralph J. Chieffo

Lord Jesus, each Lent, you renew our faith and hope with your redemptive love and mercy. Our faith family sings your praises for through a Virgin, you brought forth a new birth in our world; through your miracles, a new power; through your suffering, new patience; and in your resurrection a new hope that we can be your presence, strength, and peace for one another.

By sharing in the glory of the Cross, God’s Powerful Spirit (GPS) enabled Elizabeth Kindelmann to be faithful, forgiving and fruitful in living the Flame of Love messages from Jesus and Mary. This poor widow writes of her burdens: “This violence exhausts my body and soul. I am incapable of doing this on my own strength because it involves great humiliation.” Our mission is to deepen our personal relationship with Jesus and Mary “heart to heart.” Our Blessed Mother consoled and challenged her “You cannot rest. Be neither weary nor uncommunicative. You have to make the most of your mission through that person who has also been assigned to accompany you.” Our Lady spoke to her of future cenacles when “groups of people would spread the Cause.”

If you have been away from your Flame of Love Cenacle, our priests and leaders sincerely welcome you back so that together, we can encounter the Risen Christ this Easter. We believe that our Risen Lord lives and loves through our compassionate hearts and caring hands, even as we battle against our sinful natures. Our confidence and courage to live and love again comes from our crucified and risen Lord who loves us even to the point of experiencing anguish, abandonment, death, and hell, in order to emerge triumphantly to tell us: “We are not alone; put your trust in me!”

Since Jesus died on the cross to forgive our sins, our Divine Physician offers his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. At Mass, the Word of God transforms us into the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Eucharist Lord, so that we can nourish our loved ones. For by sharing the glory of the Cross, our Risen Lord will stir into flame the radioactive love and mercy of his Holy Spirit burning in our hearts.

Please pray for peace in our hearts, homes and the Ukraine. Trust that by praying, fasting and almsgiving, we become “ambassadors for Christ” and the best version of ourselves. Pope Francis teaches that Christian fasting leads to feasting on the love and mercy flowing from the Flame of Love empowering us to grow as disciples of Jesus and Mary.

Fasting from worldly ambition,
while feasting on God’s faithfulness;
Fasting from indifference and callousness,
while feasting on trust and the blessing of diversity;
Fasting from shallow pleasures,
while feasting on spiritual riches;
Fasting from mundane distractions,
while feasting on meaning, depth and purpose;
Fasting from resentment and irritation,
while feasting on love and mercy;
Fasting from fear and distrust,
while feasting on generosity and hospitality;
Fasting from closed-mindedness,
while feasting on surrender and ongoing conversion;
Fasting from hardness of heart,
while feasting on generosity and joy;
Fasting from rigidity and rash judgment,
while feasting on affection and solidarity;
In my fasting and feasting, may God be praised …

May Jesus and Mary bless your heart with peace, love and joy,

Monsignor Ralph J. Chieffo

Our Lenten Theme

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Our theme for Lent is renewal of our commitment to the practices of the Flame of Love. We must be sure this renewal rests upon the proper foundation – we do all for Love – love of our Lord and love of our brothers and sisters: “if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.” I Cor 13:3
Only when our actions reach into our deepest longings and purpose – to love and be loved – will our commitment be sustainable. All we do, we do for love for, if we have become Jesus by the effect of grace, we have become Love for God IS Love.

Let us, in this series, re-examine the various aspects of this great devotion and particularly explore how they flow from the Flame of Love, not The Flame of Responsibility or the Flame of Saving Our Own Skin – yes, the Flame of Love who is Love Himself. May God make us an ever greater blessing for others during this season of Lent.

Carried

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Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Carried

He filled my soul with the
strength of His grace. I cannot express the Lord’s words any more. I have written these words
to record how the Lord’s goodness comforts me in my difficult hours.(Elizabeth) (February 7, 1963)

Today’s Readings: As nurslings, you shall be carried in her arms,
and fondled in her lap;
as a mother comforts her child,
so will I comfort you;
in Jerusalem you shall find your comfort. (Isaiah 66)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, when I read this first reading from Isaiah I picture the Blessed Mother and how She carries us in Her Arms to You if we but trust in Her intercession. Lord it is in You and in Your Church that we find our comfort and our peace. You never abandon us or leave us orphans in our time of need. Lord, there are many people reading this today who may be anxious, worried, upset, or in fear. They may be facing illnesses, family strife, problems and stress at work, loneliness and despair. Lord, let us place all of them and us into Your Mother’s Arms so She can bring us all to You- You are our peace!

WEEK THIRTEEN – SATURDAY – JULY 2, 2022 – TRUSTING THE FATHER (MT 9:14-17)

Prayer:

Come, Holy Ghost. Help me to seek first the Kingdom of Heaven.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching His disciples about the Father’s care for them.

Context:

In this gospel, Jesus speaks only to his disciples. Since they have given themselves to the Kingdom, Jesus promises that the Father will provide. Since the Father provides for disciples, they must not grow anxious.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

“Oh, you of little faith. Do not worry and say “What are we to eat?” or “What are we to drink?” or “What are we to wear?” All these things the pagans seek. Your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all. Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.

Do not worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for each day is the evil thereof.

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

  1. To worry about food, drink and clothing is quite normal. Everyone does this, even pagans who have no faith.
  2. Jesus explains that the Heavenly Father knows and cares for those who are disciples.
  3. Then, he demands that disciples have a total faith in God’s Providence.
  4. The disciple must do one thing, they must seek first the Kingdom. Then, they will have all the food, drink and clothing that you need.
  5. The disciple must avoid one thing, worry about a tomorrow (which never comes). The Father provides for each day’s challenges.

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

  • O Jesus, when I have little faith, I am anxious. When I have great faith, I am at peace.
  • Lord, calm my inner questions.
  • Father, why do I not trust you? Did you not create me? Did you not make me a disciple?
  • Jesus, I have one task. I must seek first your Kingdom.
  • Jesus, make me a child. To trust. To live one day at a time. To believe that God will give me my daily bread.

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

+ I will examine my anxieties and why I grow fearful.

+ I will place greater trust in my heavenly Father.

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

Your Heavenly Father knows that you need all of these.

Justice And Peace Shall Kiss

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Saturday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time- Fourth of July Weekend

Justice and Peace Shall Kiss

Perhaps the Evil One, disguised as an angel of light, wanted to disturb the peace which I had gained at such a great cost. (Elizabeth) (March 4-7 1962)

Today’s Readings: Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven. (Psalm 85)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, today we meditate in this tumultuous times, Independence Day for us Americans. about how far we have wandered from You. It seems as though evil is having it’s day. And yet, in the first reading- we see the promise of restoration from the Book of Amos– I will bring about the restoration of my people Israel;
they shall rebuild and inhabit their ruined cities.
Lord, if we but turn to You, You have promised that You will hear us and You will heal our land. Lord, we all need not only justice but kindness and peace this July 4th. Let us spend time as Your people on our knees praying for the restoration of our nation. Thank You Lord for the gifts You have bestowed on our nation- please bless us and keep us!

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WEEK THIRTEEN – FRIDAY – JULY 1, 2022 – MATTHEW THE TAX COLLECTOR (MT 9:9-13)

Prayer:

Come, Holy Spirit. Let me respond quickly to Jesus’ call.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus at table in Matthew’s house.

Context:

This text has 2 parts. First, Matthew responds to Jesus’ call and then he invites Jesus to his house. Since Matthew is a sinner (collecting taxes for Romans) his friends are also “sinners,” so the dinner becomes a controversy story, which shows us that Jesus came to call sinners, not the righteous.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s post. He said to him, “Follow me.”  He got up and followed him.

Later, while Jesus was at table in Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and those known as sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples. Some Pharisees saw this and asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and those who disobey the law?” Jesus heard them and said, “People who are well do not need the doctor. Sick people do. Learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ I have come to call sinners, not the self-righteous.”

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

  1. Matthew never searched for Jesus. He went to work one day, and Jesus found him.
  2. What a special day! Matthew began as a tax collector (working for the Roman Empire). He ends the day as Jesus’ disciple (working for the Kingdom).
  3. Everything happened so quickly. Jesus saw him and invited him. Matthew left his post and followed.  
  4. If he had hesitated or doubted, he would have missed his call.
  5. He accepts Jesus completely, opening his home and inviting the other sinners.
  6. The Pharisees try to exclude Matthew and his friends from the Kingdom. Jesus would have none of that.
  7. Jesus proclaims that they are the very ones he is calling.

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

  • Jesus, today is so important! You will come. You will pass by. You will say, “Follow me.”
  • Do not let me say “tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow” (like St. Augustine).
  • When you call, I will follow.
  • Come for me! I am a sinner and your Father sent you to sinners.
  • Why do I wait? Why do I continue to sit at my tax collector’s post? Why am I afraid?  Why do I not “get up and follow you?”
  • As I hear your voice in the quiet of this prayer, I respond, “Wait, Jesus, I am coming.”

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

+ I will be vigilant today.

+ I will open my whole house to Jesus.

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

Seeing Matthew at his post, Jesus said, “Follow me.”

In Need Of A Physician

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Friday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

In Need of a Physician

“Many, many times, I experienced the
repentance that the Lord’s mercy brought forth in my soul. I want to repent for my sins like no
one ever has repented until now.” (Elizabeth) (First Sunday of January 1964)

Today’s Readings: He heard this and said,
“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
Go and learn the meaning of the words,
I desire mercy, not sacrifice.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” (Matthew 9)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, today we read about the conversion of Matthew and how he left everything to follow You! He brought his friends to dinner- the tax collectors and the sinners. They were to say the least not the righteous- but then who is without Your Grace? Lord, pour Your Mercy into our souls- may our repentance spur us to bring those we love to Your House so that they may too know Your Tender Mercy for them. Lord may we like the Good Samaritan pick them up and dress their wounds if needed until they are ready to come to You under their own power! (Luke 10)

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WEEK THIRTEEN – THURSDAY – JUNE 30, 2022 – THE PARALYZED MAN (MT 9:1-8)

Prayer:

Come, Holy Spirit. Give me friends with great faith.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus healing the paralyzed man.

Context:

The stories in this section are controversy stories, which allow Jesus to make some pronouncement. The pronouncement in this story is that Jesus is the Son of Man with divine authority.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

People brought to him a paralyzed man lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Courage, your sins are forgiven.” At that, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” Jesus knew what they were thinking and said, “Why do you harbor such thoughts. Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or ‘Rise and walk?’

But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” – he then said to the paralyzed man, “Stand up. Roll up your mat and go home.”

The man stood up and went home. At the sight, a feeling of awe came over the crowd and they praised God for giving such authority to man.

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

  1. The people love the paralyzed man. They, also, have faith in Jesus.
  2. Their first thought is to place him at Jesus’ feet.                         
  3. Because of their faith, Jesus forgives the man’s sins.
  4. Jesus then heals the paralyzed man to prove that he could forgive sins.
  5. The paralyzed man keeps receiving all these favors.
  6. When Jesus tells him to get up, he shows great faith. He arises and picks up his mat.
  7. The event confounds the learned critics and delights the simple believers. They believe even more in Jesus’ powers.

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

  • Lord, send me friends who believe in you.  
  • Teach me to accept the advice of others.
  • O Jesus, I want my sins to be forgiven. This is your greatest gift (which I often do not seek).
  • Jesus, you have all power and authority in heaven and on earth.
  • You heal everything – soul, mind, feelings, senses, intellect and will.
  • Speak to me Jesus. Tell me to rise from my sins.
  • Lord, make me a new creation. I will be a sign to others.

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

+ I will look for friends who believe in Jesus.

+ I will let their faith bless me.

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

The people brought him to Jesus.

Paralyzed No More

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Thursday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Paralyzed No More

I am the sole Donor of blood in the whole world. Permeate yourself with My love, My almighty
love. Meditate on that now in the light of My holy brightness. Can’t you feel this Precious
Blood? My Precious Blood warms up and sets into motion the frozen, paralyzed energy of your
souls.” (Jesus) (January 16, 1964)

Today’s Reading: Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’
or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?
But that you may know that the Son of Man
has authority on earth to forgive sins”–
he then said to the paralytic,
“Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.” (Matthew 9)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, we thank You for Your Word today and this Gospel Reading! Lord, we are all like this man in many ways. Yes, we may all struggle with physical infirmities in our lives but that is not the true paralysis. As a rehabilitation nurse I have been blessed to know many who may be broken in body but not in spirit. But the real paralysis Lord is the presence of sin in our lives- that is where we need healing! Lord call us to repentance and to the Sacrament of Reconciliation so that our frozen, paralyzed souls will be warmed and healed by Your Precious Blood!

man wearing blue crew-neck shirt

WEEK THIRTEEN – WEDNESDAY – JUNE 29, 2022 – SAINTS PETER & PAUL – PETER’S REVELATION (Mt 16:13-19)

Prayer:

O Jesus, You are the Messiah, the son of God.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with Peter and the apostles.

Context:

Who is Jesus Christ? Many people still do not know. Peter, by a divine revelation of the Father, answers that question. Jesus calls him “Peter” (meaning rock) and makes him the foundation of his Church. This part of Matthew’s gospel focuses on Jesus forming his Church.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus asked the apostles, “Who do people say I am?” They responded, “Some say John the Baptist. Others say Elijah. Others say Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He then asked, “Who do you say that I am.” Peter said, “You are the Christ, Son of the Living God.”

Jesus exclaimed, “Blessed are you, Simon, son of John, because flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Heavenly Father. I say to you, ‘You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven. Whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’”

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

  1. Jesus wants to reveal his identity. So, he begins the questioning.
  2. Peter has the right answer and can think of nothing else to say.
  3. By the light of a heavenly revelation, Peter says words far beyond his own understanding. 
  4. Peter can now receive a greater power – the Keys of the Kingdom.
  5. Jesus will build his Church and uses Peter as his foundation.
  6. The Church on earth has all the powers of heaven.

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

  • O Lord, you ask me the same question, “Who do you say I am?”
  • “You are the Christ,” I exclaim and you call me “blessed.”
  • O Jesus, may your Spirit reveal the Kingdom.
  • Give me your power and I will serve others.
  • Enlighten me by inner revelation. Show me the Kingdom’s mysteries.
  • With your powers, I can touch even heaven.

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

+ I will seek to know Jesus.

+ I will ask God to reveal my task in his Church.

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

And you, who do you say I am? You are the Christ, Son of the living God.

Finishing The Race

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Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

Finishing the Race

“Don’t forget, your principal missionary work will always be your own family. I could not entrust you with that before, because I did not want you to stop halfway. Your family is the point of departure for your mission. This work is not yet finished. Be interested principally in priestly vocations.” (Jesus) (August 28, 1962 )

Today’s Readings: I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me,but to all who have longed for his appearance. (2 Timothy 4)

Prayer Meditation- Lord today as we celebrate the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, we are reminded that no matter how much time we may have, our work is not yet finished! You do not want us to stop halfway- You have placed us in families, in workplaces, in communities- many mission fields without leaving home! Lord help us at the end of our time on Earth to pray with St. Paul and state that we have competed well and let us pray with St. Peter that You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God (Matthew 16) as You welcome us home.

woman raising his hands during daytime

WEEK THIRTEEN – TUESDAY – JUNE 28, 2022 – POWER OVER THE SEA (MT 8:23-27)

Prayer:

O Jesus, calm the storms in my own life.

Imagination:

Picture the fearful disciples and Jesus calming the sea.

Context:

Matthew very much follows Mark’s story when Jesus sleeps in the boat. The miracle causes awe and wonder in the apostles.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus got into a boat and his disciples followed him. Without warning, a violent storm came up on the lake, and the boat began to be swamped with waves, but he was asleep.

They came and woke him saying, “Lord, save us. We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this that even the winds and the sea obey him?”

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

  1. There were many boats but Jesus travels with his disciples. He wants them to be the primary witnesses of his power.
  2. The wind and the unruly sea are symbols of demonic chaos which destroys our lives as disciples.
  3. The disciples have some faith. They wake Jesus up, believing he can save them.
  4. Jesus expected more faith. His being in their boat, awake or asleep, would have saved them.
  5. Jesus rebukes the wind and the sea, just as he rebuked Satan who possessed people.
  6. The apostles understand that only God can tame the wind and sea. If so, “Who is this Jesus?”

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

  • O Jesus, travel in my boat. You are always welcome.
  • Chaos and evil surround me. You are my only safeguard.
  • Jesus, when I awaken you, you always help me.
  • Give me greater faith.  Even when you seem to sleep, I will trust you. 
  • Waking or sleeping, you always guard me.
  • You are Lord. You are God. You are Saviour. You are Redeemer. You are all in all.

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

+ I will never begin a task without 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.

Why Are You Terrified?

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Memorial of Saint Irenaeus

Why Are You Terrified

Jesus: “Tell Me, little sister, why do you consider yourself alone since I am the One leading you? Have no fear, I will not let go of you. Come, let us go together and let there be no other moment when you would feel alone.” (Jesus) (January 15, 1966)

Today’s Gospel: They came and woke him, saying,
“Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”
Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea,
and there was great calm. (Matthew 8)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, we all know there is much to be anxious or even terrified about these days. To the question You asked the Apostles we may feel like saying are You kidding Lord- have You seen the news? But the truth is, You not have only seen the news, You hold the future and for You being outside of time, You already know what happens. No need for You to follow some 24/7 news cycle. So really why are we so terrified- why is our faith so small when You are so big! Bigger than anything that may be happening in our world today and You are still in control! So let us have no fear- You will never let us go even when the waves, the winds, and the sea threaten to drown us. Let us have faith and trust that You will rebuke the winds and the sea even if it just in our own souls and with You there will be great calm always if we keep our eyes fixed on You!

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WEEK THIRTEEN – MONDAY – JUNE 27, 2022 – THE WOULD BE DISCIPLES (MT 8:18-22)

Prayer:

O Jesus, make me your true disciple, ready to pay any price.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with the crowd, challenging people to be his disciples.

Context:

This gospel is Matthew’s version of the reluctant disciple. From this story, we get a clear picture that some people followed Jesus regularly. The two mentioned here are somewhat initiated into discipleship. Yet, they lack something. Jesus uses their statements to outline the requirements of full discipleship.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

When Jesus saw the great crowd gathering, he gave orders to go to the other side. A certain scribe said to him, “Master, I will follow you wherever you shall go.” Jesus said to him, “The foxes have their lairs and the birds of the air have their nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

Another of his disciples said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”  But Jesus said to him, “Follow me and let the dead bury their dead.”

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

  1. The scribe is sincere. He wants to follow but sees that he does not comprehend the difficulties involved.
  2. Jesus describes his own total commitment. The foxes and the birds have more conveniences than Jesus does.
  3. Jesus is the “Son of Man” and he will return in glory. For now, he sacrifices everything for us.
  4. The second disciple realizes his limitations. He has an elderly father and wants to postpone his commitment.
  5. Jesus shifts this man’s priorities. Others can care for his father. He must not lose this unique moment. His call to discipleship should come first.
  6. The two little dialogues reveal this truth. Jesus’ call takes first place because nothing else equals his gift.

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

  • O Jesus, let your call sweep away all my hesitations.
  • O Jesus, what you have done for me? You have accepted the most difficult life on earth to bring me the Kingdom.
  • You are the Son of Man who will come in glory. Now, you are searching for me. I will await you!
  • O Jesus, how many excuses I use to postpone my commitment.
  • Open my eyes. Change my goals. Sweep away what does not matter.
  • I will follow you, Jesus, wherever you go. Even if I have nowhere to lay my head.

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

+ I will not postpone my response to Jesus’ call.

+ I will examine my own priorities. What do I put first that should not be first?

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

Follow me and let the dead bury their dead.

The Time Is Now

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Monday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Time is Now

Time is short, little sister, and never returns. What you do not accept at a given moment will never again become available to you, because I think that you would not receive it willingly. (Jesus) (July 24, 1963)

Today’s Readings: Another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.” But Jesus answered him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.” (Matthew 8)


Prayer Meditation- Lord, You call us but it seems we always have some reason or excuse why we can’t do what You are asking right here, right now. I will follow You Lord more closely when these kids grow up, or when I retire, or when I settle down and start a family, or when the circumstances are right whatever those perceived circumstances may be. But Lord, You are asking us in our busy lives at every age to follow You now in the busyness and the noise. You ask us to pray each day and study the Word so that we can hear what You are asking of us in each moments of our day. Time is short and never returns- let us be attuned at all times to the inspirations You send us every day and respond in love and acceptance.

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WEEK THIRTEEN – SUNDAY (C) – JUNE 26, 2022 – THREE WOULD BE DISCIPLES (LK 9:51-62)

Prayer:

O Jesus, let me not hold back my commitment to you.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus speaking to the crowds.

Context:

This gospel begins Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem, a serious undertaking that will result in his death. Many are attracted to Jesus and want to follow him. He invites many to do so but he has to warn them of the costs of being his disciple. Mark gives three examples of an inadequate response.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

As Jesus journeyed toward Jerusalem, a man cried out, “I will follow you wherever you go.”  Jesus said to him, “The foxes have dens. The birds of the air have nests. But the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

Jesus said to another man, “Follow me.” He replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”  Jesus said, “Let the dead bury their dead. You go and preach the Kingdom of God.”

Another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me go home and say farewell to my family.”  Jesus said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back, is ready for the Kingdom of God.”

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

  1. Jesus is on a journey. There is no time to waste. All three men must decide quickly.
  2. Preaching the Kingdom demands a minimum of material comforts and provides no stable place to lay your head. The disciple must accept that commitment.
  3. “Burying the dead” means waiting years until the person dies. Preaching the Kingdom will not wait. People must hear the news immediately.
  4. A person who plows a field and looks back will do a poor job. The Kingdom demands all of our attention.
  5. O child of God, Jesus is calling you and you are finding multiple delays. Cut the strings.  Jesus’ call is the opportunity of your lifetime.
  6. Do not forget. Jesus moves quickly – like the days of your life which slip by so unnoticed.

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

  • O Jesus, if you say, “Come, follow me,” I will follow.
  • I will put your Kingdom above all my other desires.
  • Jesus, if I look back, I will hesitate. If I hesitate, I will doubt. 
  • If I doubt, then I will not follow you. If I do not follow you, I will lose everything.
  • O Jesus, your Kingdom is at hand and your call is now. 

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

+ I will not fear the radical demands of Jesus’ Kingdom.

+ I will cherish his words, “Come, follow me.”

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

No one who looks back is ready for the Kingdom of God.

Follow Me

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Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Follow Me


The souls that make reparation and faithfully follow My desires are so few. (Jesus) (October 18, 1962)


Today’s Readings: As they were proceeding on their journey someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” (Luke 9)


Prayer Meditation- Lord, sometimes it seems there are many who say they are eager to follow You and yet how many are ready for the reality? Because the truth is to follow You is to die- to die to ourselves, our desires, our selfish ways, and our attachments, even good things, if You are not in the center of our hearts. So many times, we just want to look back and not ahead as we put our hands to the plow of our pilgrimage on Earth to You! Lord, help us to console Your Sacred Heart- help us to make reparation and to faithfully follow You in our lives and our vocations! Help us to rest on Your Sacred Heart because even when the way seems hard and long we are always home in You!

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WEEK TWELVE – SATURDAY – JUNE 25, 2022 – FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY (LK 2:41-51)

Prayer:

Come, Holy Ghost. Help me to search for the True Heart of the Temple.

Imagination:

Picture Mary and Joseph hurrying to look for Jesus.

Context:

When Jesus was twelve years old, He, Mary and Joseph travelled with others to the temple in Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Passover, a thanksgiving to God for His goodness and mercy.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when He was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.  Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. 

After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”  And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.

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

  1. In obedience, Jesus, Mary and Joseph kept the laws of their faith in celebrating the Passover at the temple in Jerusalem.
  2. This required sacrifice, a long journey, and joining with others for safety in the caravan.
  3. In the Temple, the House of our Father, Jesus teaches all who will listen that everything we think, say and do must be done for the Glory of the Father, especially bringing Him souls through the Merits of Jesus.
  4. Mary and Joseph suffered anxiety, grief, and sorrow when they could not find Jesus, but persevered in their search until He was found.
  5. They did not immediately understand Jesus’ actions, but Mary “kept these things in her heart.”  This is the heart which was joined to her Son’s, the heart which was obedient to the Holy Spirit in all things, even without understanding.
  6. Jesus returned home with Mary and Joseph in obedience and love.

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

  • O Mary, to what temple am I travelling in haste? God’s or the world’s?
  • What am I searching for there? What have I lost that I hope to find?
  • Am I hoping to find a temple filled with success, honors, friends, money?
  • Am I hoping to find the true temple, filled with grace, mercy, hope, love?
  • O Mary, Jesus knew that He wanted to be in His Father’s house. You lived your life in the house of obedience and fidelity to the Father and the Holy Spirit.
  • Mary’s heart held the Spirit of her Son – in quiet contemplation, in sorrows, in joys, in obedience.  May my heart take courage and strength from hers.

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

+ I will ask Mary to give me her heart so that I can find her Son, Jesus.

+ I will search the temple of my heart to look for the true Treasure of Grace.

+ When I find the Heart of the Temple, I will not leave.

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

Mary and Joseph searched the temple made by hands, to find the Temple of Life, whose Word made all things.

The Heart Of A Mother

Up with Today’s Scriptures

The Heart Of A Mother

Feast of The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Take this Flame, my daughter, you are the first one I am handing it to. It is the Flame of Love of my heart. Ignite your own heart with it and then pass it on to others.” (Mary)1962)

Today’s Readings:

He went down with them and came to Nazareth,
and was obedient to them;
and his mother kept all these things in her heart. (Luke 2)

Prayer Meditation: Lord, we thank You for the gift of the Immaculate Heart of Our Blessed Mother. She is full of grace and mercy, a mirror of Your Sacred Heart and she passes this Flame to all who will accept it right here, right now! She is the Ark of the Covenant and She is throwing out the lifelines- let us jump aboard this Ark into the safety of Her Immaculate Heart and bring as many as we can with us!

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WEEK TWELVE – FRIDAY – JUNE 24, 2022 – MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS – THE LOST SHEEP (Lk 15:3-7)

Prayer:

O Jesus, come and find me.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with His disciples.

Context:

The parable of the Lost Sheep is connected to the Prodigal Son. Both show God’s love for the sinner. A hundred sheep was a medium sized flock. The shepherd must have been poor, unable to pay a helper. Matthew’s gospel stresses the shepherd’s unwearied search. Here, Luke’s gospel centers on God’s joy on the last day.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus told this parable to the Pharisees and the scribes. If a man with a hundred sheep loses one, does he not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and search for the lost until he finds it? When he does find it, he places it on his shoulder rejoicing. On coming home, he gathers his friends and neighbors and says to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my lost sheep.” I will tell you that, in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who do not need repentance.

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

  1. To leave ninety-nine sheep in the desert is not a rational act. The shepherd thinks with his heart.
  2. He does not abandon his search, until he finds his lost sheep.
  3. He does not scold the sheep but sees its wariness and places it on his shoulder.
  4. His joy cannot be contained. Friends and neighbors must share in it.
  5. This is not temporary. Finding the sheep is a symbol of heaven and an eternal union.
  6. God’s joy overflows to the angels. The soul that was lost for a time is now found for an eternity.

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

  • God, I am precious to you.  
  • Your saints say you are “Mad” in your unreasonable love for me.
  • You never abandon your search for me.
  • O Jesus, carry me on your shoulders.
  • Jesus, your joy will not be complete until I am with you forever.
  • You give your angels charge over me. They, too, rejoice at my return.

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

+ I will stop running from God. In this way, He can find me more quickly.

+ I will recall those special moments when God found me.

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

There will be rejoicing among the angels.

Resting On His Heart

Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Resting On His Heart

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Jesus: “Have no fear, My little Carmelite. My Sacred Heart will be your permanent refuge. Don’t you feel it is so, and consequently, feel instantly relaxed? The compassion of love is forever enduring among those who love one another. Stay in My love and draw others to Me as well. You know, there are so few of us that a quick look captures the entire encampment. My eyes always watch over you and My Heart suffers greatly from those who are absent. Stay at My side in perseverance so I do not undergo a bitter disappointment.” (Jesus) (May 2, 1962)

Today’s Readings: But God proves his love for us
in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.
How much more then, since we are now justified by his blood,
will we be saved through him from the wrath.
Indeed, if, while we were enemies,
we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son,
how much more, once reconciled,
will we be saved by his life.
Not only that,
but we also boast of God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have now received reconciliation. (Romans 5)

Prayer Meditation – O Lord on this special day we honor and venerate Your Sacred Heart- burning furnace of charity, abyss of all virtues, fountain of mercy, expiation for all of our sins! You have come to heal us and bind our wounds- to restore us to our true selves. To give us rest to be instantly relaxed in the permanent refuge of Your Sacred Heart. . Lord let us bring to You all of our worries, fears, sicknesses, sins, and all of our loved ones and all who do not yet love You and know You and lay it all at Your Feet today! Let us rest on Your Sacred Heart and let You pour Your Love into our broken hearts! Jesus, we trust in You!

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