The Jesus Prayer

Our walk with Jesus will always inevitably attract Satan and his minions. Know that all we need to do is reach out to God, and his mercy is bountiful.

Sketch – “The Touch” – April 2022

I am a sinner, and the closer I draw to God, the more I am attacked by the forces of darkness. My Confessor taught me the Jesus Prayer to pray for the grace of God’s mercy when I am tempted by Satan.

The Jesus Prayer is very simple:

“Lord Jesus Christ Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner,”
(For different languages)


For more background and history to this simple prayer: https://orthodoxprayer.org/Jesus%20Prayer.html


Jesus, I trust in you!

God Bless 🙏💖

Chaplet Of Divine Mercy In Song

I just prayed this tonight, and it was so beautiful, it’s definitely a must share. It was a part of the EWTN at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy at Stockbridge, Mass (https://www.thedivinemercy.org/):

God Bless 🙏💖

God Is Rich In Mercy

“The best lay plans often goes astray,” and thank God for never failing me. A crazy few days and last minute family chaos, son and car issues, rescheduling and the mores, I thank God for His love of each and everyone of us.

God is consistent and never fails us:

8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever. Hebrews 13:8 RSCV

And

4 …God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, Ephesians 2:4 RSCV

God Bless and happy Divine Mercy Sunday🙏💖

Father Chris Alar’s Homily on Divine Mercy

Wow, I never pictured myself the bride walking towards Jesus (the groom) in the Holy Eucharist. I will forever have this imagine in my mind when I attend mass. Father Chris’ homily today is truly God speaking to me (and you) today!

God’s Divine Mercy Sunday completes the Easter Octave, and it’s His gift for all of us – to come before Him and to say – Jesus, I am sorry for my sins. I ask for your grace of forgiveness.

Father Chris’ homily is enlightening and inspirational. It is much needed spiritual nourishment for my soul. He explains clearly the meaning of God’s Divine Mercy, and the church (me and each of us) the bride:

Jesus, I trust in you!

God Bless 🙏💖

Discussion On Various Aspects of Divine Mercy

I often tune into discussions on the Catholic Faith. There are many topics that peek my interest. Very often they stem from an interest in the theological as well as an ontological application in my own faith walk.

How do we lead a “holy” life? My spiritual director once said, “We are all saints in the making.” “Really?” I remember saying as I look at the many sins within my own life. So often just when I think I have overcome a sin, I sin again. To truly love God is to look within myself with honesty. It is also about giving myself into God’s hands, and, know that I cannot lead a “holy” life without His grace and strength.

The following discussion with Father Altman and John Henry Westen focuses on exactly that – God’s Divine Mercy and Saint Faustina:

Father Altman is one of those priest who is not afraid of speaking the truth, especially against those in the church who take a wobbly stance on church teachings that have been dosed with leftist ideology, gender politics, and “isms” in general.

Staying on course and walking with Jesus is not an easy one, and a daily examination of conscience for me is one of the most important process I personally go through. It is can be ugly, it can pierce at my own perception of myself, revealing to me God’s truth. It can also be joyous, when I feel the Holy Spirit working in me.

God Bless💖

Understanding Divine Mercy

I realized that after talking to many, there is a lack of understanding and knowledge about the Catholic Church and the teaching on Divine Mercy and Saint Faustina.

As we head towards Divine Mercy Sunday, I will post Fr. Chris Alar’s teaching from Explaining The Faith, an informative series for new and life long Catholics alike.


Understanding Divine Mercy

God Bless 💖

God’s Divine Mercy

Christ has risen! Death was defeated, and Easter Sunday starts the Easter Octave. It is a week long meditation that focuses on God’s Divine mercy:

https://rejoiceandpraise.ca/2022/04/16/divine-mercy-novena-prayers/

It is a solemn meditation and a special time for each of us to focus and celebrate God’s Divine Mercy. In the readings of the 2 day of the Easter Octave, the Gospel (Matthew 28:8-15) amplifies God’s Divine Mercy – that no matter how dubious or dark our past may be, we have been given the gift of Christ’s blood – and – forgiven. Our sinful stains washed away so that we may begin a new life in Christ. Alleluia!

When we imagine ourselves in front of the tomb, scared yet anxious, and then perplexed when we see the rock that sealed the tomb gone, we run in. Where is Christ’s body? The body of Jesus is gone.

I think of myself – a sinner – given the grace to stand in the empty tomb making this discovery. The first thing I do is run and look to tell others, but I am stopped when I see Jesus walking towards me. He tells me not to be afraid. I see the wounds still raw in his hands and feet. I am astounded and joyous. Jesus tells me to tell his disciples to meet Him in Galilee. I run to claim the good news. Jesus has risen!

Gospel Mt 28:8-15

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb,
fearful yet overjoyed,
and ran to announce the news to his disciples.
And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.
They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid.
Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee,
and there they will see me.”

While they were going, some of the guard went into the city
and told the chief priests all that had happened.
The chief priests assembled with the elders and took counsel;
then they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,
telling them, “You are to say,
‘His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.’
And if this gets to the ears of the governor,
we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.”
The soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed.
And this story has circulated among the Jews to the present day.


From: https://staugustines.house/easter-octave/

Lauds in Easter week –

1. Light’s glitt’ring morn bedecks the sky,
Heaven thunders forth its victor cry,
The glad earth shouts its triumph high,
And groaning hell makes wild reply:

2. While he, the King of glorious might
Treads down death’s strength in death’s despite,
And trampling hell by victor’s right,
Brings forth his sleeping Saints to light.

~Office Hymn


Let us take the time this week to pray the Divine Mercy Novena and Chaplet. Let us lift up the names of all those around us and ourselves for God’s Divine Mercy and grace.

God Bless 💖

Day 1 – Divine Mercy Novena

I almost forgot, Good Friday is also the first day of the Divine Mercy Novena!

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Day 1 – Divine Mercy Novena

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In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

“Today bring to Me ALL MANKIND, ESPECIALLY ALL SINNERS, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me.” 

Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit. 

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. 

Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Divine Mercy Chaplet

Step 1 – Using a regular set of Rosary beads, you begin at the cross by doing the sign of the cross.

(Optional Opening Prayer) You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

(Repeat three times) O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!

Step 2 – On the three beads of the rosary pray the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Apostles Creed.

Step 3 – You begin each decade with the Our Father beads by praying this prayer:

Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

Step 4 – Complete the decade on the 10 Hail Mary beads by praying this prayer:

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for each decade on the rosary beads

Step 5 – Once you have prayed all 5 decades, you finish the Chaplet by praying the following prayer 3 times:

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

(Optional Closing Prayer) Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us, and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments, we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence, submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

Amen.

From: https://www.praymorenovenas.com/how-to-pray-the-divine-mercy-chaplet