*Today’s post comes from a beautiful reflection in the Be Still Devotional written by Lisa Brenninkmeyer. You can continue to follow along with these daily devotions on the Hallow app or by purchasing a copy of Lisa’s book through her organization Walking With Purpose.
“Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was in a furious rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under.”
Herod had paid attention to prophecies of Jesus’ birth, but instead of responding with worship, he felt threatened by this Jewish king. When the wise men didn’t tell him who or where the baby was, Herod had all the male children in Bethlehem and in that region age two years old and under murdered.
The Catholic Church remembers the loss of these precious children on December 28, the Feast Day of the Holy Innocents.
It’s a horrific scene to imagine, and something we might want to turn away from. Focusing on the massacre of babies, most especially during this time of year, is the opposite of bringing Christmas cheer.
This morning, following the completion of Morning Mass which celebrated her Feast Day, I spent some quiet time before the Lord with her cherished Diary in hand taking time to pray with some favorite passages written by her.
I share just a few with you now – in hopes they deliver a special message to your own heart, as well.
(1440) When we began to share the wafer, a sincere and mutual love reigned among us. Mother Superior (Irene) expressed this wish to me: “Sister, the works of God proceed slowly, so do not be in a hurry.”
(1445)In the greatest torments of soul I am always alone, but no – not alone, for I am with You, Jesus; but here I am speaking about (other) people. None of them under-stands my heart, but this does not surprise me anymore, whereas I used to be surprised when my intentions were condemned and wrongly interpreted, no , this does not surprise me now at all. People do not know how to perceive the soul. They see the body, and they judge according to the body. But as distant as heaven is from earth, so distant are God’s thoughts from our thoughts.
(1446) The Lord said to me, It should be of no concern to you how anyone else acts: you are to be My living reflection, through love and mercy. I answered, “Lord, but they often take advantage of my goodness.” That makes no difference, My daughter. That is no concern of yours. As for you, be always merciful toward other people, and especially toward sinners.
(1447) Oh, how painful it is to Me that souls so seldom unite themselves to Me in Holy Communion. I wait for souls, and they are indifferent toward Me. I love them tenderly and sincerely, and they distrust Me. I want to lavish My graces on them, and they do not want to accept them. They treat Me as a dead object, whereas My Heart is full of love and mercy.
St. Faustina’s Diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Notebook V Entries 1440-1447
Today and every day may we confidently remember to proclaim…
Jesus, I trust in You.
Saint Faustina, graced by a special communion with God, pray for us.
Today is the Feast Day of my gal-pal, St. Faustina!!!!
(aka: Helen Kowalska before taking her vows as a Sister of Our Lady of Mercy!)
And oh, how I love her!❤️
Our dog’s name is…Helen Kowalska too!
In 2014 as I began reading St. Faustina’s personal Diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, I had no idea the spiritual growth I would experience from the written experience of her life-lived out. But today I lift up prayers of gratitude for all I have gained through her example! God has moved me forward, in many aspects, as He clarified for me during that time spent reading her Diary, what it means to love beyond measure…regardless of the burdens or sorrows that may come. She continues to guide me and remind me that everyone deserves mercy!
I will always be grateful for this gift and the immense peace which has remained…
Our Catholic Mass has a melodic rhythm to it. An Order. A Beauty. This week’s Prayers have been particularly moving to me and have stirred my heart to wondrous examinations. I have been grateful to recite them, to lift them up, to enfold them into my Spirit. May you too find a little nugget of peace for yourself as you read them & may all that we’ve gathered in our hearts remain with us, even as we move into a new series of prayers during the Twenty-Third Week…
Every Mass there is The Order of Mass. When the people are gathered, the Priest approaches the altar with the ministers while the Entrance Antiphon is sung or recited.
The Twenty-Second week in Ordinary Time Entrance Antiphon: Have Mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all the day long. O Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of mercy to all who call to you.
And all pray in silence with the Priest for a while. Then the Priest, with hands extended, says the Collect prayer.
The Twenty-Second week in Ordinary Time Collect: God of might, giver of every good gift, put into our hearts the love of your name, so that, by deepening our sense of reverence, you may nurture in us what is good and, by your watchful care, keep safe what you have nurtured. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.