In my post Lourdes: a Place of Healing and Grace, I wrote about my desire to go to Lourdes, France this summer. It seems God is allowing my desire to become a reality…
This Sunday, June 9th the Church celebrates Pentecost.
Fun Facts about Pentecost:
Have you ever heard of the Divine Mercy Novena?
St. Faustina wrote,
“The Lord told me to say this chaplet for nine days before the Feast of Mercy. It is to begin on Good Friday” (Diary, 796).
“I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of My mercy, that they may draw therefrom strength and refreshment and whatever grace they need in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death.
On each day you will bring to My Heart a different group of souls, and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy, and I will bring all these souls into the house of My Father. You will do this in this life and in the next. I will deny nothing to any soul whom you will bring to the fount of My mercy. On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My bitter Passion, for graces for these souls” (1209).
Pray with Me
I’ll be praying the Divine Mercy Novena, and I want you to join me!
Surrender usually refers to defeat and has a negative connotation in society. In Christianity, surrender has an entirely different meaning; and it’s what we’re meant to strive for in our relationship with God!
In my previous post, Waiting…, I emphasized that we’re called to put our lives in the Lord’s hands and trust the plan that He has for each of us; we must genuinely seek God’s will and pray for the grace to accept it. Another word for these actions is surrender.
Our goal as Christians is to allow God to be in charge, trust that He’ll take care of us and not worry about anything.
It may seem that if we give ourselves to Him, we’ll lose something (or everything). That’s a lie that the voices of the world tell us. Jesus tells us the truth:
Thanks for checking out the first post of my first blog!
Those of you who know me well—or have ever received a note or card from me—probably know that I love to write. Last month, I prayed a Novena (I also love Novenas) to St. Francis de Sales since he is the patron saint of Catholic writers. I asked him for guidance on how to write to make a living as well as give glory to God…