Divine Mercy Daily

Divine Mercy Daily

Part Two: Convents and Churches
Meditation:

How can they sit on the promised throne of judgment to judge the world, when their guilt is greater than the guilt of the world? There is neither penance nor atonement. O heart, which received Me in the morning and at noon are all ablaze with hatred against Me, hatred of all sorts! O heart specially chosen by Me, were you chosen for this, to give Me more pain? (Diary, 1702).

When I tried to intercede for them, I could find nothing with which to excuse them and, being at the time unable to think of anything in their defense, my heart was seized with pain, and I wept bitterly. Then the Lord looked at me kindly and comforted me with these words: Do not cry. There are still a great number of souls who love Me very much, but My Heart desires to be loved by all and, because My love is great, that is why I warn and chastise them (Diary, 1703).

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, raise up many faithful people who love You with a great fervor! Set many hearts on fire!

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on August 2 for the grand re-opeFull Circlening of our
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Flat Francis!

HELP US WELCOME POPE FRANCIS TO AMERICA!

SHOW POPE FRANCIS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN AMERICA!

Pope Francis is coming to America for the first time in September. Since Catholic Extension has been supporting the Catholic Church in America for 110 years, we want you to help us show him the face of American Catholicism.

Take a photo with this cutout of Pope Francis and submit it via Facebook or post it on Twitter/Instagram with the hashtag #FlatFrancis!

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Anyone can participate! We want to see selfies, families, youth groups, campus ministries, church ministries, choirs, service projects—just share your experience of the Catholic Church! We will post the photos on our website and social media channels and we will also send a collage of all the photos to Pope Francis.

Be creative and share #FlatFrancis with your church and on your own social networks. Let’s show Pope Francis how excited we are for his arrival in America!

ASK A PRIEST

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A blog reader submitted this question to our blog:

Why did Confirmation get moved to an age where the child hardly has a sense of the decision they are making? 

I was confirmed as a teenager, when I was doing the most exploration of my faith, and I felt the decision to be confirmed in the Catholic faith was a well-conceived decision. I hardly think I could have confirmed my faith in the same manner if I had done so in the third grade.

Here is the response from our priest:

In order to understand why Confirmation was “moved” it is important to understand a little about the theology of the sacrament and its history.

Confirmation is part of the sacraments of Initiation along with Baptism and Eucharist. The three fully incorporate a person into the Church. As we see in the Acts of the Apostles, some received baptism, but not the out pouring of the Spirit. So the Apostles laid hands on them and confirmed them in the faith. Later this would become the anointing after baptism that was done by the Bishop. As the Church grew the Bishop could not be present for all the baptisms so the anointing with chrism was done at a later time when the Bishop could be present and so baptism and confirmation got separated. But historically confirmation always followed baptism.

In the early part of the 20th century Pope St. Pius X lowered the age for First Communion from around 14 or 15yrs old to the “age of reason” at about 7yrs old. Prior to that children were confirmed at some point before they received first communion. At that point the order of the sacraments was reversed. What was done recently was to restore the older order of the sacraments, something that for a long time needed to be done but was put on the shelf. While some dioceses in the US have restored the order, the practice is not uniform throughout the US.

From that point on Confirmation took on the feel of a sacrament of Christian maturity or an adult ratification of baptism done when one was an infant. The problem with that is the theology and scriptures don’t support that view of the sacrament. The Sacrament is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

In light of that why not have a person receive the Holy Spirit as soon as possible this way they can grow with the gifts of the Spirit ? Also it became apparent that many of our young people were not being confirmed ever, so moving the age to before Communion helped solve that issue.

The other issue you raise is a valid point: how do we help people arrive at an Adult Faith or take ownership for themselves? That is something that we are looking at and need to proceed with quickly. While the sacraments don’t require as you put it “a well conceived decision”, living the life as a Christian certainly does and we need to help people do that and possibly find a ritual way of expressing that.

Many questions arise every day–Struggles of faith, family and regret, or even simple curiosities of life and religion. It is always okay to ask those questions.

Ask a Priest blog

Music Ministry Pick of the Week

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Lily & Madeleine – The Devil We Know

This weekend, we celebrate Pentecost. If you don’t know what that actually means, it is a celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:1-4

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.

Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.

They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

The Holy Spirit is a very important element in our lives. We pray for it to fill our hearts and our entire being to enable us to follow the will of God. It is with the Holy Spirit that we can, in fact, be warriors for God. Because without the Holy Spirit we can only pretend to be true warriors. With the Holy Spirit, we are strengthened in the teachings of Christ, the ability to pray for our enemies and to not be fooled by the devil’s impersonation of what is right and just.

You see, the devil is pretty good at hiding in plain sight. He often tries to make a mockery of our faith, and tries to saturate our hearts, as to not allow the Holy Spirit to enter. It’s for this reason we must acknowledge the strength of the Spirit whole-heartedly, and allow it to overcome the anguish that is sometimes stirred in our hearts and minds when we turn to Christ.

It’s inevitable that the sorrows we have known will come to mind when we try to fill our hearts with the Holy Spirit.

Lower the curtain,
let the rain come down like a spirit
Let it hit the ground
Come the memories,
come the shivering cold,
let the rain fall 

It’s the devil we know

When we open our hearts, many will try to enter, but if we only allow the Holy Spirit in, we will be filled with the strength of God.

– Eric Capehart
Audio/Visual Director