I’ve been praying the Divine Mercy Novena since Good Friday.
I’m grateful to those who are praying along with me!
Those praying the novena know it ends on April 27th, the day before the Feast of Mercy.
Have you heard of this feast?
“All the true children of God, the predestinate, have God for their Father, and Mary for their Mother.” ~ St. Louis de Montfort
Has your heart ever been broken?
Has your spirit ever been crushed?
We’ve all been there.
We’ve all had an experience, or more than one, that caused us to feel emotional pain.
An experience that made our hearts ache. An experience that made us feel like we were kicked in the stomach and had the wind knocked out of us.
Whether we’ve experienced the loss of a loved one; end of a romantic relationship; betrayal of a significant other, friend or family member; or something similar, we can probably remember how much it hurt.
When we go through painful situations, do we try to deal with them on our own or do we turn to the Lord for help?
When we go through painful situations, do we believe God is somewhere off in the distance or right there with us?
The Ten Commandments are laws that are meant to be followed. God created them for a reason.
This past Sunday, the first reading at Mass was from the Book of Deuteronomy. Moses said to the people,
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD; and you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might” (6:4-5).
In the Gospel, we heard Jesus echo the words of Moses. Jesus said,
“The first [commandment] is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:29-31).
What does it mean to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength?
How do we know what love really is when the word is used so casually and its meaning is often distorted and misunderstood?
As always, we must look to God for the truth…
When we see Jesus on the cross, we witness the greatest demonstration of love that will ever take place. When we look at Christ crucified, we discover the true meaning of love: sacrifice.
The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary in the Roman Catholic Church. On October 7th, the annual feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated.
The Rosary has a rich and interesting history that could not be presented or explained in a simple blog post…
I feel it’s most important to focus on what the Rosary is and why it’s beautiful and powerful. My hope is that those who don’t already pray the Rosary will begin to; and those who already do will deepen and spread the devotion.