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THE ROSARY UNITES OUR HEART TO JESUS AND MARY

From Monsignor Chieffo:

Pope Saint John Paul II devoted his life and priesthood by uniting his heart to Jesus and Mary. Praying the Sorrowful Mysteries, he accepted the death of his family by believing death is the door to eternal life.  Praising God for all the joys and glories, the Holy Spirit inspired him to sacrifice his life for the good of others.  God guided him to bless us with the Luminous Mysteries so that we can shine the light of Christ’s love and hope to the world.   By living the Mysteries of the Rosary, John Paul stirred into flame the purifying grace of God’s Powerful Spirit (GPS) to deliver us from the evil one and become missionary disciples of love and mercy. His love for the Eucharist and adoration enabled him to radiate the light of Risen Christ to do our part in building a culture of life.

Jesus answers the Apostles who ask him to increase their faith by challenging them to be servants of compassion and mercy. Christian leaders must be the servant of the Servant of God who lives and loves through us.  Faith increases when we are willing to bear our “share of hardship for the Gospel with the strength that comes from God.”  Saint Paul coaches the young Timothy: “I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God bestowed when my hands were laid on you. The Spirit God has given us is no cowardly Spirit, but rather One that makes us strong, loving, and wise.”   The prophet Habakkuk warns us that when we eliminate God, violence and chaos reigns.  Each day we must sing with the Psalmist: “If today you hear your voice, harden not your hearts.”   

Praying the Luminous Mysteries, Jesus and our Blessed Mother invite us to believe we are the temples of the Holy Spirit and destined to be saints.  At the Wedding Feast of Cana, Jesus changed water into wine as a sign that he can transform our human love into divine love.  Saints are sinners who keep proclaiming the Kingdom of God by practicing the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. At the Transfiguration, God reveals his son’s divinity and reminds that we are his beloved sons and daughters who carry within us the dying and rising of Christ. Each time we celebrate Eucharist, we become who we receive, the Body and Blood of Christ.

If we want to build a culture of life, pray the Rosary with the passion of Saint John Paul II and Elizabeth Kindelmann to enkindle the hearts of those you love with faith and hope:  “With this Flame of Love full of graces that I give you from my heart, ignite all the hearts in the entire country.  Let this Flame go from heart to heart.  This is the miracle igniting the blaze whose dazzling light will blind Satan.” 

Week Twenty-Seven – Thursday, October 6, 2022

Seeking Help From A Friend (Lk 11:5-13)

Prayer:  

Come Holy Spirit. Teach me the overwhelming kindness of God.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with His disciples.

Context:

Because the family went to bed early and would sleep in the same room, this request for bread disturbs the whole family. They are in the middle of their sleep and with the door bolted. Yet, the spirit of hospitality would overcome all that. Any refusal would be impossible and unthinkable.

The parable contains the words, “Can you even imagine…”  In other words, it is totally unthinkable that the man would not get up for his friend in need. The bread would be returned in the early morning.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said, “You have a friend and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves. A friend of mine has come from a long journey and I have nothing to give him.’ Could you even imagine your friend saying, ‘Do not trouble me! The door is shut. My children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up and give you any bread.’”

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

  1. No one is to blame for this situation. The unexpected arrival was totally unforeseen.
  2. In his need, the man knew to turn to his friend.
  3. The parable is filled with hospitality. The petitioner has to be thoughtful of his newly arrived guest and the man in bed must respond to his friend’s plight.
  4. Both men assume their responsibilities. The one must beg. The other must get up and provide.
  5. Both men are clear examples of God who always responds with the greatest thoughtfulness.

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

  • How close you are to me, O God! You have forged your bonds of friendship.
  • Lord, teach me to turn to you. You are the first one I should think of.
  • Jesus, I can never provide for all my needs. So much of life is unexpected.
  • I have no security, except in you. You are my rock.
  • Jesus, nothing is too much trouble for you. To refuse me would violate your eternal hospitality.
  • How I rejoice at your unthinkable kindness!

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

+  I will think often of God’s inconceivable kindness.

+  I will not hesitate to turn to God in great faith.

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

Can you even imagine the man refusing to open the door?

Asking, Seeking, Finding

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Thursday of the Twenty Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Asking, Seeking, Finding


“Sacrifice and prayer! These are you instruments. The goal is to bring about the powerful work of Salvation. Oh, if your desires reach the throne of the heavenly Father, the results will be abundant.” (Jesus) (July 22-23, 1963)


Today’s Readings: “And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Luke 11)


Prayer Meditation- Lord, how timid are our prayers- how limited are our requests! You have asked us to seek You with our whole hearts! You have asked us to knock on the door even if it seem the answer is no- to be persistent and to not give up. To come boldly to the Throne of Grace (Hebrews 4:16)! Lord let us rest on Your Promises today as we come to You with boldness- let us also pray with Our Mother as we hold Her Hand as we pray the Holy Rosary!

Week Twenty-Seven – Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Teach Us To Pray (Lk 11:1-4)

Prayer:

O Lord, engrave these petitions in my heart.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching his disciples to pray.

Context:

Understanding the Our Father will surprise you. It is a heavenly prayer which opens our eyes to Jesus’ Second Coming and prepares us for the end of the world. Luke’s version is somewhat shorter than what is usually said. (Matthew’s version).

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

While Jesus was praying in a certain place, a disciple asked him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” Jesus said to them, “When you pray say:

   Father, hallowed be your name,

Your Kingdom come.

  Give us this day our daily bread.

   Forgive us our sins because we also forgive all who sin against us.

  Lead us not into temptation.”

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

  1. Jesus made us God’s children in Baptism. Now, we can call God “Father.”
  2. Now God’s holiness is manifested in Jesus’ name. So every tongue must confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of the Father.
  3. “Your Kingdom come” refers to the final day, the completion of history. Being prepared for that day must be our goal. 
  4. “Daily bread” has two meanings – the earthly bread we need each day and Holy Communion, the bread that prepares us for Jesus’ Second Coming.
  5. Luke’s prayer claims that the community always forgives others. What an important ideal!
  6. The temptation always means the final trial when Satan will try to snatch our heavenly crown from us at the last minute.

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

  • O Father, I am forever and ever your child. Let your name be always on my lips.
  • O Jesus, in your name I glorify the Father.
  • Come, Lord Jesus! That is the Bible’s final prayer.
  • Provide my daily bread, O Lord.
  • Make me hunger for the Eucharist.
  • Jesus, guard me in the final testing.
  • O Mary, be with me in my final hours.

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

+ I will repeat these five petitions during the day.

+ I will cherish my Baptism which made me a child of God.

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

Lord, teach us to pray.

That Christ May Dwell In Your Hearts

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Optional Memorial of Saint Faustina

That Christ May Dwell In Your Hearts

Jesus: “How wonderful that you have come. How I awaited you! At other times, I told you to be immersed in Me like a drop of water in wine. I am the wine, you are the water. Just be united with Me and you will be astonished. Only I will reign in you. My Body and Blood give strength and life to all of you. How happy you will be to receive more of My life-giving strength. Gather with Me.” (Jesus) (October 9, 1962)

Today’s Readings: Brothers and sisters:
I kneel before the Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory
to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self,
and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;
that you, rooted and grounded in love,
may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones
what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,
so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3)

Prayer Meditation- O Lord, thank You for this beautiful memorial of Saint Faustina, the Secretary of Divine Mercy which is the Heart of the Gospel! She asked You to make of her a living host- a living sacrifice that daily burns in Your Honor (Diary, 1826) To be a sacrifice taking You into the world to save souls! To have Your life-giving strength, strengthened through Your Holy Spirit in the inner self. To be rooted and grounded in Your Love and to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth, length, height, and depth and to know Your Love that surpasses all knowledge and to be filled with Your Fullness! O Lord, let us today also ask to be living hosts because You invite us to be immersed in You like a drop of water in wine! Lets us offer ourselves as living sacrifices holy and pleasing to You (Romans 12) for Your Glory and for the good of all!

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Week Twenty-Seven – Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Mary and Martha (Lk 10:38-42)

Prayer:

Come, Holy Spirit. Make Jesus the center of my attention.

Imagination:

Picture Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet.

Context:

Luke places this story right after the Good Samaritan to emphasize that the disciple must first love Jesus. Serving others is important (like the Good Samaritan) but not enough to be a disciple. Personal love is the first quality.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

When Jesus entered a village, a woman named Martha invited him to come to her home. She had a sister named Mary, who delighted in sitting at the Lord’s feet and listening to him.

Martha was burdened with the task of serving. So, she stood and said, “Lord, are you not upset that my sister leaves me alone to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” Jesus replied, “Martha, Martha, you are troubled about many things. One thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”

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

  1. Martha is filled with good will. She invites Jesus to her home and prepares the meal.
  2. Jesus accepts both Martha’s activity and Mary’s personal attention.
  3. Martha causes the problem. She cannot see the value of her sister just sitting with Jesus.
  4. At this point, Jesus is forced to defend Mary’s choice.
  5. Mary’s attention to Jesus is the disciple’s first obligation. Martha’s activity is his second.

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

  • Jesus, come into my life. Come into my home. My door is wide open.
  • Be the center of all my attention.
  • Speak, Lord. I will listen.
  • Lord, absorb my faculties by your overwhelming presence.
  • You will make me a disciple and I will act to serve you.
  • O Jesus, I will embrace my tasks in the Kingdom.

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

+  Today, I will seek some quiet moments to spend in Jesus’ presence.

+  I will prize the interior life of prayer (which I so often neglect).

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

Mary sat at his feet listening to him. She chose the better part.

Anxious About Many Things

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Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi

Anxious About Many Things

“I, your Master, will care for you. I will free you from every worry. I only want to be everything to you so that nothing ties you to the earth.” (Jesus) (April 20, 1964)


Today’s Readings: The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” (Luke 10)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, You know us in and out. So many suffer from anxiety and stress- how many prayers to You are just one complaint after another! Yet You ask only one thing – all You really want is our hearts so that You can set us free! You told Saint Faustina that anxiety is an obstacle to holiness- it makes it hard to practice virtue. Lord only You can free us from this thorn in our flesh (2 Corinthians 12). Your Grace is sufficient- Jesus I trust in You!

Week Twenty-Seven – Monday, October 3, 2022

The Good Samaritan (Lk 10:25-37)

Prayer:

Give me a loving heart, O Lord, like your own.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with His disciples.

Context:


The lawyer’s question was common in Judaism, “How far must my charity extend? Who is within that circle?”

Jesus’ parable uses the usual set of three persons. Logically, after the priest and Levite, the third person should be a Jewish layperson. The story’s impact comes from the identity of the caregiver – a Samaritan, an enemy of Israel. He is the model disciple because love must embrace the whole world.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

A lawyer asked Jesus, “What must I do to gain eternal life?” Jesus replied, “What is written in the law?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

Jesus said, “You have answered correctly. Do this and you shall live.” But, he, wishing to justify himself asked, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus answered, “A man going down from Jerusalem to Jericho fell among robbers who stripped him, wounded him and left him half dead.

A certain priest going the same way, saw him and passed by. Also, a Levite came near, saw him and passed by. However, a Samaritan on his journey came near, saw him and was moved with compassion.  Approaching, he bound up his wounds, poured on oil and wine, put him on his beast, brought him to the inn and took care of him. The next day he gave the host two pence and said, ‘Take care of him and I will repay you on my return.’ Which of these, in your opinion, was neighbor to the man?”  He replied, “The one who showed mercy.” Jesus said, “Go and do likewise.”

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

  1. The lawyer wanted a theoretical answer for his intellect.
  2. Instead, Jesus tells a story which pierces the heart. In the parable, the actions of the priest and Levite are unacceptable.
  3. The parable describes a disciple’s love – total, personal and with no reservations.
  4. His love embraces everyone – the poor, despised, helpless and even enemies.
  5. The example is highly vivid because the Samaritans received no love from the Israelites.
  6. This love is very practical. Jesus says, “Go and do likewise.”

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

  • O Lord, flood my heart with love and I will accept this river.
  • Limitless – that is your love for me and it should be my love for you.
  • All-embracing, that should be my willingness to serve the needy.
  • O Jesus, change my heart. Change my heart. Change my heart.
  • O Jesus, let me “go and do likewise.” Action, not theory makes me your disciple.

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

  1. I will open my eyes and see how limited is my present love.
  2. I will see Christ in all those who have needs.

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

“Take care of him and I will repay you.”

Bearers Of Divine Mercy

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Monday of the Twenty Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Bearers of Divine Mercy

Jesus: “I choose you, My little one, to be the bearer of My Divine Mercy. Fill yourself with the abundance of My Divine Mercy and when you open your mouth to speak, proclaim the mercy of My Heart burning of desire for sinners. Let your whole life be a burning desire to take part in My work of Redemption through prayer, sacrifice and desire.” (Jesus) (May 4, 1962)

Today’s Readings: Which of these three, in your opinion,
was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?”
He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.”
Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10)

Prayer Meditation: Lord as we get so close to the Feast Day of St. Faustina, we have today in the Gospel the beautiful story of the Good Samaritan. The scholar of the law thinks he know it all and in trying to trick You asks, who is my neighbor? Because there were many laws of man never intended by You at that time which stated in great detail who where the neighbors of the Jewish people at the time and who were not. But Lord, You came for everyone, Your Mercy is for all! And You ask us to be bearers of Your Divine Mercy, that we would burn with desire for the salvation of souls! The Divine Mercy Diary tells us the how to- acts of mercy, especially spiritual acts of mercy which all can do, words of mercy if we cannot always act, and prayers of mercy which even the sick and homebound can do! So what about us? Who are our neighbors? Well in the Flame of Love, we pray for everyone, we spread the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary over all humanity! So let’s get busy- let’s make our wholes lives burn with the desire to take part in Your Redemption through prayer, sacrifice, and desire.

Week Twenty-Seven – Sunday – C – October 2, 2022

The Humble Servant (LK 17:7-10)

Prayer:

O Lord, let me serve you faithfully with a humble heart.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with His disciples.

Context:

Jesus sees deeply into his disciples’ heart. He demands that they serve faithfully without any self-righteous feelings.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

If a man has a servant who ploughs the field and feeds the cattle, will he say to him when he comes in from the field, “Sit down immediately for your supper?” Will the owner not say, “Prepare my supper first. Serve me, and I will eat and drink. Afterwards, you can eat and drink.”

Does he thank the servant for doing what he is commanded? Not at all. So, when you do all these things that are commanded, just say “We are unprofitable servants. We just do that which has to be done.”

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

  1. The owner is not rich. He has just one servant who works both in the fields and in the house.  
  2. This servant is totally faithful. He does all his work in both places.
  3. The servant has two responsibilities. Exteriorly, he must complete all his tasks.  Interiorly, he must humble himself and think that he is “unprofitable.”
  4. The servant has no faults. He must see his work as “doing what is commanded.”
  5. No room for pride, even in a faithful servant.

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

  • Help me, O Lord, to be your servant, faithful in the world and in my life of prayer.
  • Let me rejoice! To serve you is my greatest privilege. 
  • When all is done, let me honestly say that my greatest efforts were very inadequate.
  • You are everything, O Jesus. You are the beginning and the end. Serving you is more a favor than a task.
  • My work is earthly. Your reward is heavenly. My labors will end. Your favors are forever.

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

+  This day, I will be faithful to all of God’s interests.

+  At the end of the day, I will rightly call myself “an unprofitable servant.”

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

The servant, although totally faithful, did “only what was needed to be done.”

If It Delays Wait For It

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Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

If It Delays- Wait for It

O heavenly Mother, I desire so much that your Flame of Love burns that I feel a great sadness and affliction because it is being delayed. O Mother, smooth out the road of those called to promote your Cause. (Mary) (July 30, 1962).

Today’s Readings: For the vision still has its time,
 presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint;
 if it delays, wait for it,
 it will surely come, it will not be late. (Habakkuk 1)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, I believe so many of us are waiting for many things. We may be waiting for a spouse, a baby, the right job, or the return of our health. We may be waiting for our loved ones to return to faith. We may be waiting for the darkness to lift in our minds and hearts so that we may feel Your Presence once more though we know by faith You are always there. I believe Heaven waits for us to respond to this time of Mercy and Grace poured out on us in these extraordinary times. Mercy through the Divine Mercy and Grace through The Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Why Lord, does it seem so long when we are waiting? Yet the second reading today tells us what our attitude is to be while we wait. Stir into Flame Your Gifts in our souls because You did not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love and self -control (2 Timothy 1)! And the Gospel offers us the promise- if we have the faith of a mustard seed we will see great things (Luke 17). So let us who are waiting do so with expectancy and hope- Your timing is not our timing but You are never late!

Week Twenty-Six – Saturday, October 1, 2022

The Joyful Return (Lk 10:17-24)

Prayer:

O Jesus, I will serve you and I will rejoice with you.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with his 72 disciples, all filled with joy.

Context:

In this scene, Jesus speaks of the great blessings when the disciples fulfill their mission. Satan falls. The disciples gain eternal life. Seeing all of this, Jesus sings a hymn of praise. The disciples are more blessed than kings and prophets. This is an astounding list of rewards for being a disciple.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

The seventy-two returned in joy, saying “Lord, the devils are subject to us in your name.” Jesus said, “I saw Satan fall like lightening from the heavens. I have given you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and upon all the power of the enemy and nothing shall hurt you. Yet, do not rejoice that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in the book of heaven.”

In that hour, Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the prudent and you have revealed them to the little ones.

Yes, Father, you have graciously willed it so. Everything has been given over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father and no one knows the Father except the Son – and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

Turning to his disciples he said, “Blessed are the eyes which see what you see. I say to you that many prophets and kings have desired to see and have not seen them, and to hear what you have heard and not heard them.”

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

  1. The disciples’ joy is true. The devils have been subject to them. Satan has fallen from heaven at their commands.
  2. This dignity is great, but even greater is having their name in the Book of Life and living forever in heaven.
  3. Jesus, too, rejoices. These disciples will preach the Kingdom to all the world, even when he is no longer with them.
  4. These disciples experience divine revelation. They are seeing and hearing the mysteries of the Kingdom.  
  5. The fullness of revelation is to know Jesus and the heavenly Father who sent him. Blessed are their eyes and ears.

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

  • Jesus, teach me to rejoice. Teach me to see all the blessings of heaven.
  • Place in my soul a love for my heavenly home. That is my only goal – to live with you forever.
  • O Jesus, rejoice in me and in my efforts to spread your Kingdom.
  • To know you, Jesus, and to know the heavenly Father, is your greatest gift to me.
  • Blest are my eyes to see you. Blest are my ears to hear the gospel message.  You have blessed me, Jesus. 

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

+  I will rejoice today in the riches of my Catholic faith.

+  I will think about my heavenly home.

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

Rejoice, instead, that your names are written in the Book of Heaven.

Revealed To The Childlike

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Memorial of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus

Revealed To The Childlike My teaching, My little one, is simple and unaffected. I do not speak a scientific language that saves no one. My teaching is for those whose soul is childlike, simple, innocent, and does not give weight to anything, those who listen to Me with admiration and believe in Me. I tell you, My Kingdom belongs to those who are such. (May 19, 1963)

Today’s Readings: ”At that very moment he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,
“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. (Luke 10)

Prayer Meditation- Prayer Meditation- Lord today we celebrate the memorial of St. Therese, the champion of the Little Way! Lord I thank You for her, I cannot imagine how lost I would be white knuckling it on the narrow way- so thankful for the elevator that leads right to You! Because if we stay little, the helpless children we really are; as You see us struggle up the stairway of sanctification, You will lift us up in this “totally new” way to holiness which is really the heart of The Gospel! Your teaching is meant for the childlike and the simple- how You see us all as Your dearly beloved sons and daughters! So today, let us celebrate with our Sister Therese because we are all little ones fully known and loved by You!

Week Twenty-Six – Friday, September 30, 2022 – The Unrepentant Towns (Lk 10:13-16)

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, let me use well this time for repentance given to me by the Heavenly Father.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus speaking to his disciples and the crowds.

Context:

Jesus mentions three towns of Galilee – Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum. The gospels do not record any ministry of Jesus in the first two towns, but obviously he preached there. They are compared with Tyre and Sidon, two Gentile towns known for their sinfulness. In Capernaum, Jesus had an extended ministry, filled with great miracles. This city was known for its pride because of its lofty stature.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said, “Woe to you Chorazin! Woe to you Bethsaida! For if in Tyre and Sidon had been done the mighty works that were done in you, they would have done penance long ago in sackcloth and ashes. It will go easier on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you.

And as for you, Capernaum, are you to be exalted to the heavens? You will be cast down into hell. He who hears you, hears me. He who rejects you, rejects me. He who rejects me, rejects the one who sent me.”

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

  1. Jesus pulls no punches. His words are like arrows piercing the heart.
  2. The first two towns did not accept the gospel. They did not repent. They will not share in the Kingdom.
  3. Israelites despise Gentile Tyre and Sidon, but Chorazin and Bethsaida are even less worthy in God’s sight.
  4. Capernaum totally misjudges its spiritual state. It prides itself on witnessing Jesus’ miracles but refuses to accept his message and repent. They are headed to hell.
  5. For all three towns, Jesus is concerned about the Day of Judgment. These people will not be ready.
  6. To reject the missionary is to reject the gospel, the only door into eternal life.

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

  • Jesus, pierce my heart with your words.
  • I will accept your gospel and be with you forever.
  • Lord, you always worry about my Day of Judgment.
  • To prepare, I must repent and cast aside what is evil.
  • You will exalt me, Jesus. You will take me into your heart. You will do everything for me.
  • How important to believe in your gospel and to accept you as Lord!

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

+ I will not delay. I will go to confession and be freed from my sins.

+ I will humble myself and ask Jesus to exalt me.

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

He who hears you, hears me.

Priceless To God

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

Memorial of Saint Jerome

Priceless to God

Again, I will speak of something from your past. Remember when you were still working in the factory. Besides your work, which you did with great fidelity and responsibility, you took a course on quality control. You were very tired when you studied, so you thought and knew that you would not pass the exam. As a working mother with six children, burdened with a thousand preoccupations, you needed enormous effort to study. You surprised yourself by becoming the top student. Although you did not think of Me, My hand was upon you. (Jesus) (November 10, 1962)


Today’s Readings: O LORD, you have probed me and you know me; you know when I sit and when I stand; you understand my thoughts from afar. My journeys and my rest you scrutinize, with all my ways you are familiar. (Psalm 139)

Prayer Meditation- Lord there is not one moment of our lives that You have known us, loved us, and held us in the Palm of Your Mighty Hand! From our work, to our family life, as well as our fatigue, faults, and failures- You are in all of it even when we do not think of You. Lord, may we praise and thank You today for Your Goodness and Mercy in every circumstance of our lives today- You will never let us go!

Week Twenty-Six – Thursday, September 29, 2022 – A True Israelite (Jn 1:43-51)

Prayer:

O Jesus, call me into your presence.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with his early disciples.

Context:

Peter, Andrew, Philip and Nathaniel are all from Bethsaida. Philip leads Nathaniel to Jesus. This dialogue reveals much of Jesus’ identity. It alludes to Jacob who was filled with guile (Nathaniel has none). Jacob saw angels ascending and descending on a ladder. (Nathaniel will see Jesus with angels.) Nathaniel is called Bartholomew in the listing of the twelve apostles.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

The next day, Jesus decided to go to Galilee, where he found Philip. Jesus said, “Follow me.” Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathaniel and said, “We have found the one whom Moses wrote about in the law and prophets, Jesus the son of Joseph of Nazareth.” Nathaniel said, “Can anything of good come from Nazareth?” Philip said, “Come and see.”

Jesus saw Nathaniel coming to him and said, “Behold a true Israelite in whom there is no guile.”  Nathaniel asked, “How do you know me?”  Jesus said, “Before Philip called you, I saw you under a fig tree.” Nathaniel said, “Rabbi, you are the son of God. You are the King of Israel.” Jesus said, “You believe because I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than these. Amen, amen I say to you, you shall see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

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

  1. It seems like just a chance happening. Jesus on his way to Galilee comes upon Philip.
  2. Their meeting has eternal results for Philip and Nathaniel.
  3. Philip desperately wants Nathaniel to share his faith in Jesus.
  4. Nazareth is never mentioned in the Old Testament, so Nathaniel must trust Philip’s faith.
  5. Nathaniel is a true Israelite, without guile (not like Jacob who was full of guile).
  6. When Jesus uses his prophetic power, Nathaniel believes immediately (he is without guile).
  7. Jesus promises greater revelations.  Nathaniel will see angels accompanying the Son of Man in glory.

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

  • O Jesus, let me meet you today.
  • What a blessing to hear your words, “Come, follow me.”
  • O Jesus, I will bring others to you.
  • Remove my sophistication and make me a person without guile.
  • Jesus, you know everything about me. You see me at every moment.
  • Someday, I will see you with your angels. 
  • You are the messiah coming again in glory. I await you.

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

+  I will believe in Jesus and bring others into that belief.

+  I will think today of Jesus coming with his angels.

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

Philip sought out Nathaniel, “We have found the Messiah.”

In The Arms of the Angels

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

Feasts of St. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

In The Arms Of The Angels

I woke up early that morning when I heard my guardian angel saying: “The angels and the saints are looking at you with great admiration.” The angel asked me to increase my profound adoration and praise for the Divine Majesty, “Because rare are those chosen to receive graces to that extent.” (Elizabeth) (November 17, 1962)


Today’s Readings: You will see greater things than this.” And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” (John 1)


Prayer Meditation- Lord today we are reminded that we are surrounded by the Holy Angels who protect us and guide us! Lord may we increase our praise and adoration for You, Lord of Hosts because the Kingdom of Heaven is right here and right now but veiled in this world- in the world to come we will see clearly what eye has not seen for those who love You! (1 Corinthians 2:9). As You told the Apostle Nathaniel- the best is yet to come!

Week Twenty-Six – Wednesday – September 28, 2022 – Three Would Be Disciples (Lk 9:57-62)

Prayer:

Come, Holy Spirit. Jesus calls and I must not delay.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with the disciples and the crowd.

Context:

Journeying to Jerusalem seems glamorous. To set aside these false ideas, Luke places three sayings of Jesus at the very start of the journey. Discipleship is a difficult path, able to be walked only by a total dedication.

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 the ones that attract you.)

  1. Jesus is on a journey. He has no time to waste. All three men must decide quickly.
  2. Jesus demands a sacrifice of material comforts that is needed to preach the Kingdom.
  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 requires our total attention.
  5. O child of God, Jesus is calling you and you are finding multiple excuses. Cut the strings.  Jesus’ call is the opportunity of your lifetime.
  6. Do not forget. He is on a journey and moving quickly – like the days of your life which slip by so unnoticed.

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

  • Jesus, please say those words to me, “Come, follow me.”
  • Place within me the fire of your Kingdom. Consume all my other desires.
  • O Jesus, I have found a love which is greater than family ties.
  • Jesus, if I look back, I will hesitate. If I hesitate, I will doubt. If I doubt, 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 clear. You await my decision.

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

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

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

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

Jesus was journeying to Jerusalem when he called three men to follow him.

All That We Can’t Leave Behind

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

Wednesday of the Twenty Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

All That We Can’t Leave Behind

Ever since then, I heard Jesus’ demand many times in my soul. However, I did not write it down. But
rather, I tried to remove from my mind the idea to leave all behind. (Elizabeth) (Diary Page 13)

Today’s Readings: 
And another said, “I will follow you, Lord,
but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”
Jesus answered him, “No one who sets a hand to the plow
and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 9)

Prayer Meditation: O Lord, how many times do we try to remove from our minds what it is You are asking of us. The enemy of our souls whispers to us so many excuses- so many thorns choking His Grace in our souls! Worries, fears, anxieties, demands of our state in life- Yes Lord but not yet we say! Lord help us to truly discern Your call in our lives- when to stay and when to go because we do not want to miss the time of our visitation! Let us plow forward for the Kingdom without looking back because our eyes are fixed on You!

There is a BLAZE in Kenya!

Wonderful News from Kenya!

Hello, all.  I thought I would share with you this wonderful news from Steve in rural Kenya.  Some of you may have seen the video of his small but joyful procession from a year ago.  What a difference a year makes as you will see in this video.

Not only do we now have a Flame of Love Retreat Center in Kenya but Steve tells me the diocesan bishop signed the official paperwork last week.  Monica, I don’t know if this episcopal approval will help you in Nairobi.

Steve goes on to write “We had 500 seats all used, 500 prayer cards all went, 500 one page rosary prayer all went.” And “This is purely God’s mercy.  I can’t even explain – I only thank God for this.”

I don’t want to embarrass Steve but this is a testament to what our Blessed Mother can do with one creative man who said yes and, with almost no materials and support, traveled from village to village on his motorbike to spread the Flame of Love.  So, be creative! As Jesus told Elizabeth, and never lose hope.  Our Blessed Mother can work miracles anywhere.

Thank you to those of you who helped provide some financial assistance to help Kenya get off the ground and to Monica who was essential to get the first and only shipment of Diaries to Steve.

Thank you dear Mother; thank you dearest Lord, and thank you Steve for your unwavering and persevering yes.

John Sullivan

Flame of Love International Communications and Dissemination