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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.

WEEK ELEVEN – TUESDAY – JUNE 15, 2016 – LOVE YOUR ENEMIES (MT 5:43-48)

Prayer:

Come, Holy Spirit. Make me perfect as the Heavenly Father is perfect. 

Imagination:

Picture Jesus asking the disciples to imitate the Father. 

Context:

Jesus continues his demands concerning goodness towards enemies. He contrasts his disciple with the pagans and demands a greater holiness. At the end, Jesus reveals his goal. He wants the disciple to be as perfect as the Heavenly Father. 

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.) 

You have heard it said, “You shall love your neighbor but hate your enemy.” I say to you “Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Pray for those who persecute you and insult you. In this way, you can be children of your Heavenly Father. He makes the sun rise on the good and the bad. He makes the rain fall on the just and the unjust. 

If you love those who love you, what reward shall you have? Do not even sinners do this? If you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not even the pagans do that? You must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” 

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

  1. Jesus leads you to the height of holiness. 
  2. At this new height, Jesus asks you to love everyone and to exclude all hatred. 
  3. He offers you the highest reward. You will be a child of the Heavenly Father. 
  4. Look at how God acts. He sends his sun and his rain on everyone, good or bad. 
  5. Jesus wants you to act in every situation as the Father would act. 

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

  • Jesus, lead me to the heights of holiness. 
  • O Jesus, give me a new way to live. 
  • Let your love cast out all my hatred. Make me a child of the Heavenly Father. 
  • I will shower my love, my blessings, my goods upon everyone. 
  • You call me to be perfect as the Father. I will begin right now. Walk with me, Jesus. 
  • O Jesus, loving my friends is natural. Even sinners do that. Loving my enemies will be my new goal. 

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

+ I will let everyone into my heart this day. 

+ I will remove my hatred and critical spirit. 

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

Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect. 

The Extra Mile

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

Monday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

The Extra Mile

Jesus: “You are My little drop of water. Immerse yourself in the intoxicating wine of My infinite Divinity, both in its life-giving power and in its sweet aroma that you pour out for Me. May My good aroma pour out around you. When others perceive it, they will be led to Me. You see, we must be one. Do not be bound by the clay of the earth filled with worms. Let the earth be only that for you. Look at it as such and let us save souls from the worms that threaten and swarm them. Do penance and pray for them. Your acceptance of the sacrifice is the salt that, once poured over the swarming worms, they will fall like dead leeches. Let them be shriveled and annihilated. Let us have just one thought: the salvation of souls. (Jesus) (May 17, 1963)

Today’s Readings: If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic,hand him your cloak as well. Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles. Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.”

Prayer Meditation- Lord You know so well that we have all heard this Gospel and yet how this goes against our flesh and our feelings. Because the truth is most days, we are ready to go to war over that tunic and we certainly are not going to walk even four feet for a spouse, a child, or a co-worker who at this moment is driving us nuts! However, Lord, the battle for today is to put away our feelings so that we can put on Your Heart- it is only with Your Grace that we can give to those who ask of us today. Even when it is difficult or we are tired or it may be inconvenient. This firm and persevering acceptance of sacrifices for love of You is what will produce abundant fruit in many souls! So let us walk that extra mile today- just leave the baggage behind!

WEEK ELEVEN – MONDAY – JUNE 14, 2021 – AGAINST EXCLUSIVITY (MT 5:38-42)

Prayer:

O Jesus, overcome in me any desire to exclude others.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching John and the other Eleven.

Context:

Jesus has just spoken about service within the Christian community. He now teaches about relating to those outside the Community. Jesus rejects a close-mindedness that would result in exclusivity. He wants the community to be open to all.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

John said to Jesus, “Master we saw someone casting out a devil in your name. We tried to stop him because he was not one of us.”

Jesus said, “Do not stop him. For no one can do a miracle in my name, and at the same time speak ill of me. Anyone who is not against us is with us.”

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

  1. Jesus’ power is all over the world. If anyone uses Jesus’ name with the right intention, God will act.
  2. John is narrow-minded, believing that only members of the inner circle should have these powers.
  3. He should have rejoiced to see someone invoking Jesus’ power.
  4. Jesus rejects John’s criterion that “he is not one of us.” A personal love for Jesus suffices to join everyone to the community.
  5. This exorcist knew that Jesus’ name has power.
  6. Having used his lips to invoke Jesus’ name, he cannot speak against Jesus.

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

  • O Lord, let me use your name to seek the blessings of heaven.
  • Jesus, I love you. Include me among your disciples.
  • Sanctify my lips so my words bless others.
  • Jesus, place the whole world in my heart. Help me to embrace all.
  • Give me your powers and I will cast out demons in your name.

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

+ I will use the name of Jesus to cast out the evil I encounter today.

+ I will open my heart to everyone of good will.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Anyone who is not against us is with us.

Scattering Seeds We Know Not How

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

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scattering Seeds- We Know Not How

“Do not forget how painful for Me is the fate of the seeds that fall by the roadside. Pull up the flowers growing in your soul and bring them to Me while they are fresh. (Jesus) (May 18, 1963)

Today’s Readings: “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 through it all the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. (Mark 4)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, each day You are sowing seeds into our souls. These little seeds grow by our response to Your Grace! Lord help us to not let the seeds fall by the roadside- prune us help us to stay fresh, bringing You fresh flowers each day! May the seeds of faith, hope and love sprout and grow in our souls!

field of sunflowers

WEEK ELEVEN – SUNDAY (B) – JUNE 13, 2021 – SEEDS OF THE KINGDOM (MK 4:26-34)

Prayer:

O Jesus, plant your Kingdom in 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 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. 

The Heart of a Mother- The Immaculate Heart of Mary

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

The Heart of A Mother

Memorial 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) (April 13, 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!

female statue

WEEK TEN – SATURDAY – JUNE 12, 2021 – 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 and 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.  

Resting On His Heart-Sacred Heart of Jesus

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

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: For this reason 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 which surpasses
knowledge,
so that you may be filled with all the fullness of
God. (Ephesians 3)

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- because the breadth, length, height, and depth of Your Love are unfathomable! Jesus, we trust in You!

virgin mary painting with white frame

WEEK TEN – FRIDAY – JUNE 11, 2021 – MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS – THE PIERCED HEART (Jn 19:31-37)

Prayer:

O Jesus, pierce my heart with your love. 

Imagination:

Picture Mary and the Beloved Disciple watching the Centurion pierce Jesus’ heart.

Context:

Sometimes, the Romans let the bodies stay on the cross for days. Since the Passover falls on a Saturday (the Sabbath), Pilate accepts the request that all the crucified be killed. The death was caused by the brutal breaking of legs. However, Jesus is the Passover Lamb (whose bones were not to be broken). That the blood and water would flow out is medically true. Here, they symbolize Baptism and Eucharist. The Church was born from Christ’s side just as Eve came from Adam’s side. 

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

Since it was the Preparation Day, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross for the Sabbath, for that Sabbath was a solemn feast day. So, they asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and the bodies taken away. So, the soldiers came and broke the legs of those who were crucified with him. However, when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead. So, they did not break his legs. One of the soldiers thrust a lance into his side and immediately, there came out blood and water. 

This testimony has been given by an eyewitness and his testimony is true. He says what he knows is true so that you may believe. These events took place so that Scripture would be fulfilled. “Break none of his bones.” Another scripture passage says, “They shall look on him whom they have pierced.” 

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

  1. The heavenly Father uses every event for his plans. 
  2. The time is short. The Passover is about to begin. The bodies must be removed. 
  3. Jesus is dead, yet he wants to give even more of Himself to us. 
  4. His side is pierced so that we can enter his heart. 
  5. The water and blood symbolize Baptism and Eucharist, Jesus’ first gifts to us. 
  6. The gospel writer (the Beloved Disciple) sees this piercing to record it for us. 
  7. Jesus is the new Passover Lamb. His bones also will not be broken. 
  8. They look upon Jesus to receive divine mercy flowing from his side. 

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

  • O God, You know exactly when everything must happen. 
  • O Jesus, after dying for me, you give me even more. 
  • Your heart is open! I will enter quickly. 
  • Thank you, Jesus, for the sacraments. They are streams of grace. 
  • O Jesus, let me cherish the gospels, based on what eyewitnesses saw. 
  • You are my Passover Lamb, the meal of my redemption. 
  • I look at Your cross and divine mercy flows out. 

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

+ I will seek a true devotion to Jesus’ Sacred Heart. 

+ I will love the Church, Christ’s Bride, born from his side. 

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)

The soldier thrust a lance. Blood and water flowed from his side. 

Unveiled Faces- From Glory To Glory

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Unveiled Faces (From Glory to Glory)

Thursday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Jesus: “You see, My little sister, this fine veil, like a breath, is all that separates us from one another. Do you know what this is? It is your life that still keeps you captive on earth.” (Jesus) (September 3, 1964)

Today’s Readings: Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord
is, 
there is freedom.
All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory
of the Lord,
are being transformed into the same image from
glory to glory,
as from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians
3:5)

Prayer Meditation- O Lord, we bless You, we adore You and we glorify You because You are  so close to us, it is really just a fine veil which separates us and keeps us captive on Earth. And if we are in You, then the Spirit of the Lord is in us and even here on earth we walk in freedom. With Your Victory on the Cross, the veil of the Temple was torn (Matthew 27:51) in two and the old covenant was gone. We are now Your living temples! And as we gaze on You now with our unveiled faces, we are transformed into Your image from glory to glory because it is not us who live but You who live in us (Galatians 2:20). Lord Jesus reign in us here on Earth as You do in Heaven- come Holy Spirit, come by the means of the power of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

gold and red buddha figurine

WEEK TEN – THURSDAY – JUNE 10, 2021 – ANGER (MT 5:20-26)

Prayer:

Come, Holy Spirit. Let your gentleness overcome my anger. 

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching his disciples to reconcile.

Context:

Jesus teaches a “greater goodness” which is demanded by the holiness of this new Kingdom. In this gospel, he compares the Old Testament teaching on anger and his new teaching. Jesus desires a oneness among his disciples by avoiding anger.

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus taught the disciples about anger, saying, “You have heard it said, ‘You shall not kill’ and ‘Whoever kills shall be liable to judgment’. But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of judgment. Whoever shall say to his brother, ‘Raqa’ shall be in danger of the council. Whoever shall say ‘You fool’ shall be in danger of hell fire. 

If you come to the altar to offer your gift and remember that your brother has anything against you, leave your offering before the altar and go first to be reconciled to your brother. Then come and offer your gift.” 

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

  1. Jesus raises the Old Law to a new level and invites the disciples to live at that new height. 
  2. The law commanded only external compliance. Jesus’ Kingdom goes much deeper into the disciples’ hearts. 
  3. Jesus’ disciples must remove their inner anger. Then violence will cease. 
  4. He forbids angry words so that hatred has no hold. 
  5. He even demands that the temple sacrifices be delayed until the disciples reconcile. 
  6. Jesus gives new precedents and requires total selflessness. 

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

  • Jesus, make me gentle. 
  • Save me, O Lord, from the violent waters of anger. Bring me to the restful waters of your Spirit. 
  • Even on the cross, you spoke no angry word. You were silent as a lamb going to the slaughter. 
  • Release a river of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation within me. 
  • Reconcile me to all of my family and friends. 
  • O Jesus, I will drink deeply of your forgiveness. 

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

+ Today, I will forgive everyone who hurts me. 

+ I will reconcile with my enemies wherever possible. 

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

Leave your gift at the altar and go to be reconciled with your brother. 

Glorious

Today’s Consuming Fire
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Scriptures

Glorious

Wednesday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

One time, I asked Him to allow me to feel His glorious and majestic presence. He said: Jesus: “My little one, do not ask this for yourself. I give it to those for whom you have made a sacrifice or have offered prayers.”(Jesus) (1961-1962)

Today’s Readings: For if the ministry of condemnation was glorious,
the ministry of righteousness will abound much
more in glory.
Indeed, what was endowed with glory
has come to have no glory in this respect
because of the glory that surpasses it.
For if what was going to fade was glorious,
how much more will what endures be glorious.
(2 Corinthians 3)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, we thank You, we praise You, and we glorify You because You are glorious! You were glorious in the old covenant and so much more in the new because Your Redemption endures forever! And how glorious it will be when Your Sanctification comes to full fruition when the Holy Spirit renews the face of the Earth as if by a New Pentecost (Pope St. John XX111)! Lord it is easy for us when we feel Your Glory, when we feel Your sweet consolations in our souls. Yet You do not want us to ask for these warm fuzzies for ourselves but to pray for Your Glory to illumine the souls for whom we sacrifice and pray because we are not home yet. We all belong to each other. Oh Lord, show us Your Glory and help us to spread Your Flame of Love from heart to heart because the Kingdom is coming and You will have Your Bride spotless and blameless (2 Peter 3:14).

golden hour photography of sky above ocean

WEEK TEN – WEDNESDAY – JUNE 9, 2021 – THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS (MT 5:17-20)

Prayer:

Come, Holy Spirit. Make me great in Jesus’ Kingdom. 

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching his disciples about following the Law and the Prophets. 

Context:

“Law and prophets” means the whole Old Testament. Jesus wants his Church to retain these books and teach them to his disciples. At the same time, these books are not God’s final word or his greatest gift because Jesus “fulfills” these laws and prophetic words.

Gospel text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.) 

Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not think that I have come to destroy the law or the prophets. I have not come to destroy, but to fulfill. Amen I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter, not even the smallest part of the letter will pass away, until all is fulfilled. 

Whoever shall break one of these least commandments and teach others to do so, will be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven. Whoever shall keep them and teach others to do so, shall be called great in the Kingdom of heaven. 

I tell you that unless your goodness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” 

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

  1. Jesus makes us God’s children. 
  2. The disciple must keep God’s word in the law and the prophets. 
  3. They must also teach others to live by God’s word. 
  4. Then they will be great in the Kingdom. They will be both doers and teachers. 
  5. As disciples they must go beyond the limited goodness of the scribes and Pharisees. 
  6. Their tasks are heavy but their reward is great. They will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. 

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

  • O Jesus, you have made me a child of the Father. 
  • Train me in your word, O Lord. Plant your truth in my heart. 
  • Let your word be a lamp for my feet and a guide for my path. 
  • Give me a zeal to instruct others in your word. 
  • May your power make me a doer of your word. 
  • You call me to be great in the Kingdom. I cherish your invitation. 

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

+ I will examine where I do not keep God’s law. 

+ I will read the Old Testament to see God’s words to Israel. 

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

Whoever keeps these commandments and teaches others will be great in the Kingdom. 

Lighting The Lamps Of Souls

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

Tuesday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Lighting The Lamps of Souls

This oil will fall on empty lamps and the Flame will be lit. It will even fall on souls that have no lamp (those without the light of true faith) and they will find the road to salvation.” (Mary) (Diary Page 59)

Today’s Readings:

You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5)

Prayer Meditation: O Lord so many lamps are empty or flickering today- so many are without the light of faith! And yet we too, called to be light in the world, will so often hide our lamps under a bushel. We are called to be witnesses to Your Love in the world- we can’t always do it with words but we can with deeds and prayers- acts of mercy! To keep our lamps lit, we need You, otherwise, we can flicker out pretty quickly. Lord fill us with Your Light so we can be light for all families and for the world.  Lord light our lamps with the Flame of Love so it can spread like wildfire from soul to soul for Your Glory Lord!

silhouette of woman raising her right hand during sunset

WEEK TEN – TUESDAY – JUNE 8, 2021 – SALT AND LIGHT (MT 5:13-16)

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, bless me so I can bless others. Enlighten me so I can show others the way. 

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching his disciples. 

Context:

Jesus uses two images, (salt and light) to describe the good works of a true disciple. These works will manifest the Father’s goodness. Then others who have no faith will thank God. The images can also be negative. What if the salt loses its flavor or the light is hidden. 

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

You are the salt of the earth. However, if the salt loses its taste, how will it be salted? It is good only to be cast out and trampled underfoot. 

You are the light of the world. Men do not light a candle and put it under a basket, but upon the lampstand so that it can shine for all in the house. 

So your light must shine before men that they can see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven. 

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

  1. Jesus calls the disciples to a higher level of moral ideals. If they live this way, all human life will be different. 
  2. If they do not, then they are useless and of no help to the world. 
  3. Jesus is the light of the world but he shares this power with the disciples. They, too, must be a light in the darkness. 
  4. They must not hide their light. Others must see their new lifestyle and embrace higher ideals. 
  5. If they truly live as disciples, people will glimpse how the Father loves them. Then, the whole world will glorify God. 

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

  • O Jesus, help me live up to the demands of being your disciple. 
  • Change me. Make me new, then others will change. 
  • Let me live in the light. Make me a child of the light. 
  • I will not hide my goodness. I will not fear what others think. 
  • Let my goodness be a good example to those who walk in darkness. 
  • Let all the earth glorify God. This is my goal. 

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

+ I will read chapters five and six in Matthew’s gospel to discover what Jesus expects of me. 

+ By my deeds and words, I will try to bring light to others. 

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

Put your light on the lampstand to shine for all in the house. 

Encouragement In Every Affliction

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

 Encouragement  In Every Affliction

 Monday Of The Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

 Jesus: “I did not say that to discourage you. I want to encourage you so that you do not seek relief by looking to the earth in your battles. Look only at Me. I want that, while snuggling yourself right against Me and surrendering to Me in your arduous struggles, you never stop looking only upwards.” (February 7, 1963)

 Today’s Readings: For as Christ’s sufferings overflow to us,
so through Christ does our encouragement also
overflow.
If we are afflicted,
it is for your encouragement and salvation;
if we are encouraged,
it is for your encouragement,
which enables you to endure the same sufferings
that we suffer.
Our hope for you is firm,
for we know that as you share in the sufferings,
you also share in the encouragement. (2 Corinthians
1)

 Prayer Meditation- O Lord, we thank You and bless You today because we know that our lives are full of sufferings and afflictions. And how often these sufferings drag us down to earth and we take our eyes off of You. It can be so hard to pray in those times, it can be so easy to be discouraged. And yet Lord, You tell us in today’s Gospel  (Matthew 5) that blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted. Lord help us to look only at You and to snuggle against Your most Sacred Heart surrendering all of our cares because You care for us (1 Peter 5:7). And let us take that encouragement from our time spent in prayer and in meditation on Your Word and at Mass and offer it to others who are suffering so that they too can share in the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). The peace that only comes from You!

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WEEK TEN – MONDAY – JUNE 7, 2021 – THE FIRST FOUR BEATITUDES – (MT 5:1-5, 12)

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 2 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. 

Death To Life

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

Death To Life

The Solemnity of the
Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Jesus: “I place the smallest part of a single drop of My Blood over your great sorrow. I forgive your sins fully and I forget them. Offer this profound repentance for all the sinners.” (Jesus) (July 15, 1962)

 Today’s Readings: For if the blood of goats and bulls
and the sprinkling of a heifer’s ashes
can sanctify those who are defiled
so that their flesh is cleansed,
how much more will the blood of Christ,
who through the eternal Spirit offered himself
unblemished to God,
cleanse our consciences from dead works
to worship the living God. (Hebrews 9)

 Prayer Meditation- Lord today we bless You, and adore You and love You on this most Holy Solemnity of Your Body and Blood shed for us. As the psalmist says, how shall I make a return for the good You have done for me? (Psalm 116). Lord, You have saved us and brought us from death to life (John 5:24) and You feed us, everyday if we wish, with Your very Self! There are no words to describe the mystery that takes place each day around the world in every Catholic Church! As Padre Pio said, “The earth could exist more easily without the sun than without the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass”. Lord each day, if we are disposed to receive You worthily (1 Corinthians 11,) You come into our hearts and our souls and You renew our minds (Romans 12) with the things of Heaven as long we are not too full of the things of this Earth. So let us come to You today, empty and poor, offering You our nothingness so that we can be filled with Your Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. Fill our hearts with You so that we would become living hosts (Divine Mercy in My Soul, paragraph 1826) and Your instruments of love and mercy in the world!

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SUNDAY – JUNE 6, 2021 – MOST HOLY BODY & BLOOD OF CHRIST – (Mk 14:12-16 and 22-26)

Prayer:

O Jesus, prepare my heart for Holy Communion. 

Imagination:

Picture Jesus at the Last Supper with his apostles. 

Context:

Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and preached there during Holy Week. Knowing that he would be crucified, he gathers his apostles for his Last Supper. Then, he gives his greatest gift, his own Body and Blood as their food and drink.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.) 

On the first day of the Unleavened Bread, when the Passover was sacrificed, his disciples asked Jesus, “Where do you want us to go to prepare the Passover supper for you?” He said to two disciples, “Go into the city. There you will find a man carrying a water jar. Follow him and whatever house he enters, say to the owner, The Master says, ‘Where is the guestroom where I might eat my Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large upper room, furnished and all in order. There you will prepare a place for us.” 

The disciples went off. When they arrived at the city, they found it exactly as Jesus said and they prepared the Passover supper. 

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke and gave it to them saying, “Take this. This is my body.” Taking the chalice and giving thanks, he gave it to them. They all drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood, the blood of the covenant, which shall be shed for many. Amen I say to you, that I will no more drink of the wine until that day when I drink it anew in the Kingdom of God.” After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 

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

  1. The Passover is the most important night, the greatest moment. 
  2. The special preparations are a sign of the importance of this meal. 
  3. The Upper Room becomes very holy – the place of the Eucharist, of appearances by the Risen Jesus and of the descent of the Spirit. What a room! 
  4. It is large and well furnished, worthy of its greatness in history. 
  5. Jesus’ giving is total. He gives his body, his blood, his life, his soul, and his divinity. All are present in the Eucharist. 
  6. This meal inaugurates the Kingdom. A covenant of blood exists between God and man. 
  7. This covenant is heavenly, looking forward to the new wine of the Kingdom. 
  8. The night ends with singing and then that fateful walk to the Garden of Gethsemane. 

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

  • O Jesus, I will prepare my heart. It will become a large room furnished with the greatest of virtues. 
  • O Jesus, you give yourself totally. I will give myself totally to you. 
  • In this Eucharist, You come. You are in our midst. 
  • You make a covenant with me, a pledge of eternal life in your Kingdom. 
  • O Jesus, I must sing. My heart overflows at this banquet. 
  • Prepare me for my suffering and death. 

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

+ I will attend Mass as often as possible, even daily. 

+ I will offer my body and blood to Jesus. 

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

Take and eat. Take and drink. 

There Is Always A Test

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

There Is Always A Test

Memorial of Saint Boniface- First
Saturday

To receive great graces, your soul must be prepared by greater sufferings. This is the only way to increase grace in your soul. Now, following your victory, I press you to my heart. When I speak to you, you will take up my Cause with greater fervor. This test was an opportunity to gain merits for others. (Mary) (May 4, 1962)

Today’s Readings: “I will now tell you the whole truth;
I will conceal nothing at all from you.
I have already said to you,
‘A king’s secret it is prudent to keep,
but the works of God are to be made known with due
honor.’
I can now tell you that when you, Tobit, and Sarah
prayed, 
it was I who presented and read the record of your
prayer
before the Glory of the Lord;
and I did the same thing when you used to bury the
dead.
When you did not hesitate to get up
and leave your dinner in order to go and bury the
dead,
I was sent to put you to the test.
At the same time, however,
God commissioned me to heal you and your
daughter-in-law Sarah.
I am Raphael, one of the seven angels
who enter and serve before the Glory of the Lord.”
(Tobit 12)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, we bless You, we praise You and we adore You because we see how in the first reading that Tobit was put to the test. And we all have tests- challenges in our lives that test our faith, and our hope, and our love. And You watch us to see what we will do in these tests that You allow in our lives. Will we stay in faith or will we give in to worry, fear, even discouragement. You told us something interesting through the Gospel of John- let not our hearts be troubled (John 14). Which means that it is we who allow the trouble to get into our hearts disturbing our peace. Sometimes we pass these tests and sometimes we fail miserably. But we also know that You are the God with healing in Your Hands, in fact Raphael the Archangel was commissioned to heal Tobit and Sarah in the midst of the test. Lord, help us to pass these tests and not only pass them but may they be used for Your Glory and the salvation of souls! And when we fail, we know that Your Mercy and Healing will flow into our repentant hearts- strengthening us for the next test to come!

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