Life is a journey; the choices you make now will determine your eternal destination.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Devotion to the Holy Souls

A few years ago, I decided to make it my life's work to pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. I have found a number of helpful resources for this, and by far my favourite is the Purgatorian Manual, published in 1946. It contains reflections and prayers for every day of the month, as well as many other prayers, and litanies. This book seems to be inspired by one of the greatest saints; St. Alphonsus Liguori, as the preface is written by him, and it includes prayers authored by him as well as an act of consecration and a litany to him.
Here is an example of the daily readings, which is particulary relevant in today's fast paced world:
As rational beings, we should have a distinct object in view in all our actions. By performing even the most trivial act from the motive, thereby to please our dear Lord, and to do His holy will, they may become meritorious. It is understood that these acts are not contrary to the commandments of God and His holy Church, and that the person be in a state of grace. People who are working from early in the morning till late at night can assist the suffering souls in an effacacious manner by offering their toil and fatigue in union with the merits of Jesus and Mary for the relief of the suffering souls. Sick persons, and those enduring mental sufferings, such as temptations, scruples, contempt, slander, unjust treatment; those who mourn for the loss of a near relative or a dear friend, etc., may make the same intention in regard to their particular suffering.
Prayer: My dear Redeemer, how many occasions have I lost to gain merits by a good intention, and thus to assist Thy holy spouses! Pardon my negligence, and graciously assist me to turn every precious moment of time to good advantage by a good intention, and to make up for the past. In union with Thy merits, and those of Thy holy Mother Mary and all the saints, I unite all my thoughts, words, deeds, and spiritual and bodily sufferings for the future, till my last breath, and offer them for the suffering souls. In return I beseech the holy souls to obtain for me, and all those for whom I am in duty and love bound to pray, spiritual and temporal favors, and the abundant grace to lead a holy life and persevere to the end of their life. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

At the end of each reading, it has a practice for the day; this one is: When rising in the morning I shall make my good intention for the coming day, and renew the same every hour by saying: For the love of Jesus and Mary, and the relief of the sufering souls.

This little book (it fits in my pocket) is a spiritual treasure house and if you are interested in purchasing it it is available through St. Francis Books.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

An Interesting Story

Jesus, I Trust in You

Divine Mercy Sunday

Most of us know about St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy image; here are some excerpts from her diary that I found interesting:
The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls....

These two rays issued forth from the very depths of My tender Mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross.

These rays shield souls from the wrath of My Father. Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him.

That makes me think that I should consecrate my home to the Divine Mercy as well as the Sacred Heart.

No soul will be justified until it turns with confidence to My Mercy, and that is why the first Sunday after Easter is to be the Feast of Mercy. On that day, priests are to tell everyone about my great and unfathomable Mercy. I am making you the administrator of My Mercy. Tell the confessor that the image is to be on view in the church and not within the enclosure in that convent. By means of this image I shall be granting many graces to souls; so let every soul have acess to it.

Does your church have an image of the Divine Mercy? Did your priest today talk about the Divine Mercy? I go to a small church in a small town where Mass is available only on Saturdays, and the priest did not mention Divine Mercy at all. There is no image there either. I wonder if this is going on in many parishes. Perhaps I will ask the priest here if it would be allright for me to donate a framed picture of the Divine Mercy for our church.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

My Inspiration

When I decided to start this blog, I looked to the Bible for inspiration. In John7.18 I found what I was looking for- the inspiration and theme.
He that speaketh of himself, seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh the glory of Him that sent him, he is true, and there is no injustice in him.
And so, in Seeking Jesus, I will be focusing on the things in life that lead one to God, from the smallest acts to the greatest miracles. I pray that the Holy Spirit will guide me and that this blog will be a tool to do the will of God.

Friday, March 28, 2008

My story

I would like to begin this blog by sharing with you my reversion story. As a child, my family would go to Mass every Sunday, -this was in the 1950's, so it was Latin Mass. Then the 60's and being a teenager happened, and I fell away from the Church and into the rebelliousness of that era, and like most of my peers, followed the "if it feels good do it" theme of the day. All of which led me into serious mortal sin and character flaws. In the 80's I returned, temporarily, to going to Mass, only to find the great changes wrought by Vatican 2. It was at this time that I learned for the first time about the Real Presence in the Eucharist; -as a child I did not receive Catechism- but even that did not hold me once my life changed again. I drifted even further away from God, and began to feel an emptiness in my life, and a certainty that I was about to undergo a big change. Of course, in my worldliness, I thought this meant I was going to win the lottery! Then one day my sister came to visit and asked me if I'd like to go to Mass with her at our local church. I did, and began to feel grace creep back into my life. For about 2 years before that, I had a rosary hanging on the wall, and a few days after my sister went home, I took the rosary and sat down and began to pray. I hardly remembered how! I was in tears and prayed that rosary as if my life depended on it- which indeed it did! I had to re-learn my faith, a journey which I am still on. I credit my sister for all the guidance she gave me and thank my other sisters and my brother Joe (now our intercessor in heaven) for their prayers which I am sure have helped me as I seek redemption.
I now live in a very small rural community with my husband, who has also recently returned to the Church, and we are growing together in grace and in the love of God, learning to be a witness to the Catholic faith by our actions and words.