While a fortunate group of people from our parish are in Rome today for the celebrations, those of us left at home were happy to pick up the weekly church bulletin with the change in title.
Sister Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun, received visions and visitations from Jesus and share many conversations with Him. He asked her to paint the vision of His Merciful Divinity and asked that a feast day of Divine Mercy be established on the first Sunday after Easter.
“I want the image solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it.” (Jesus’ words, Diary 341)
“Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion. I am giving them the last hope of salvation; that is, the Feast of My Mercy. If they will not adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity… tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near.” (Diary 965)
“This Feast emerged from the very depths of My mercy, and it is confirmed in the vast depths of my tender mercies. Every soul believing and trusting in My mercy will obtain it.” (Jesus’ words, Diary 420)
“Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to our neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to absolve yourself from it.” (Diary 742)
“Ask of my faithful servant [a priest] that, on this day, he tell the whole world of My great mercy; that whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy.” (Diary 300)
“I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain the complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet.” (Diary 699)
“I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My Mercy.”(Diary 1109)
The harsh and violent pain of the trial disappears, it seems almost to dissolve in the presence of prayer and contemplation. It is precisely this attitude of trusting abandonment that elicits divine intervention. (Pope John Paul II)
Children like recognizable food. If they can’t conveniently pick it up in their hands, they might not eat it. And, if the food, can be fried, grilled, or breaded, so much the better.
Unfortunately, the week before payday doesn’t always allow us the luxury of chunks of meat or chicken. This is when the bane of most children appears . . . casseroles!
Casseroles were invented when there was one shred of meat, two carrots, and a sprouted potato left in the larder. Whether it is a larder or refrigerator of today, we often have the same culinary scenario. This is when your motherly skills all come into play.
“Mom! What is that brown, crusty stuff on top of my food?”
“It is melted cheese. Eat it! Don’t take it off or you will be sorry!”
“Mom! There’s no meat under the brown, crusty stuff!”
“See! Didn’t I tell say you’d be sorry!”
For variation, all you have to do is add liquid to leftover casserole and you have soup. This is about as popular as casserole. Your children carefully skim tiny spoonfuls of broth from the surface of their soup bowls. There are whispered discussions and long, intent looks into their bowls. You get the impression that the appearance of the Loch Ness Monster from the depths of their soup would come as little surprise to them.
All the cookbooks and meal planners suggest stretching meals with a big salad. Salad often fits into my week before payday budget. Unfortunately, the children are all for drowning it in their soup and covering it with brown, crusty stuff.
Husbands should be supportive but, sometimes, they just can’t help what happens. Faced with a big bowl of mixed salad greens (two-pound bag on the ‘next stop, eternity’ used vegetable counter!), he tries to be encouraging.
“Children! Your mother works hard all day to fix us this wonderful dinner . . .”
“Dad! I don’t recognize this leaf!”
“It’s nettles, dear.”
“Dad! Nettles aren’t edible! It’s probably crab grass. Mom put crab grass in our salad!”
“Sweetheart! It’s not crab grass. I meant to say endive not nettles.”
“Dad! Do I have to eat the curly leaves?”
“If you want dessert, you do.”
“We have dessert tonight?”
“Well, no, but if we were having dessert, you could have some if you ate the curly leaves, too. Since we aren’t having dessert, you still have to eat the curly leaves so you don’t die of starvation by morning!”
“Dad! I think I saw something crawling in my salad . . .”
“Enough! I have heard enough complaints about dinner. I want you to all be quiet and eat your weeds! I mean, salad!”
Marriages are made in Heaven but I bet they happen before the salad course.
Found on a chat line . . .
At Mass yesterday evening, our priest provided some interesting “food for thought”. He posed the following question: aside from devout Catholics who believe in the Real Presence, what group is next in their belief in the Real Presence?
Not Episcopalians. Not Lutherans. The answer: Satan worshippers. His point was that they have to believe in the reality of Jesus in the Eucharist in order to desecrate it.
While many of us readily recognize the name and crimes of the following infamous serial killers of our time, what determines their ‘worthiness’ of being reported far beyond the locality of their crimes?
Dahmer was convicted of killing, dismembering, and cannibalizing 17 young men mostly of poor Asian, African-American, and Latino descent.
He confessed to roughly 30 murders by the time of his 1989 execution
Manson and his gang of four people most notoriously killed actress Sharon Tate in 1969. The Manson Family was convicted of killing seven people in total.
The BTK (blind, torture, kill )Killer was finally caught in 2005 after murdering 10 people between January of 1974 and January of 2005.
In the summer of 1977 in New York City, the Son of Sam, David Berkowitz, killed six people while alerting the police and media detailing his crimes.
The Strangler’s reign of terror in Boston lasted from the summer of 1962 to the winter of 1964. A total of 13 women were killed, ranging from 19 to 85 years of age.
The crimes of the Zodiac Killer remain unsolved after more than 40 years. He allegedly killed five people in Northern California from December 1968 to October 1969. and cryptic letters to various newspapers taking credit for them. He 37 murders but police have never identified him.
Ramirez was a heavy drug user and Satan worshiper by the age of 18. By the age of 24, he was a full-fledged serial killer. He was convicted for 13 murders in California that occurred between June of 1984 and August of 1985. His nickname was the Night Stalker
Dr. Kermit Gosnell
Only four babies were admitted as ‘evidence’ in this trial and Gosnell was convicted of murder in only three cases yet in all the years of his abortion ‘practice’, one can only imagine how many other term or near-term babies died within those walls. This doesn’t even take into account the many woman who left with damage. Yet, because it was an abortion issue and took place in only one state, it was not considered National news . . . Yet, most all of us recognize the names of the preceding serial killers listed . . . who could be termed ‘local news’.
But Jesus said, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come to me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”