Stations of the Resurrection

This is interesting as it is a complement for the Stations of the Cross. I hadn’t heard of these at all and for good reason they were proposed in 1988 by Father Sabino Palumbieria as a new set of stations, centered on the Resurrection and the events following from it, to emphasize the positive and hopeful aspect of the Christian story. Which he said are obscured by the emphasis on suffering in the Stations of the Cross.  The first time this devotion was done was in 1990, in 2001 the Holy See said that the Via Lucis (Way of Light) was a nice thing and that it has potential to restore a “culture of life” which is open to the hope and certitude offered by faith.

The list of Stations has not really been set so the station seem to be widely varied but they cover the events from the Resurrection to the Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The list provided on Wikipedia not that in spite of continuing local variability, there appears nevertheless to be an increasing convergence upon the following as a recognized list of Stations of the Resurrection:

  1. Jesus is raised from the dead
  2. The finding of the empty tomb
  3. Mary Magdalene meets the risen Jesus
  4. Jesus appears on the road to Emmaus
  5. Jesus is known in the breaking of bread (Emmaus continued)
  6. Jesus appears to the disciples in Jerusalem
  7. Jesus gives the disciples his peace and the power to forgive sins
  8. Jesus strengthens the faith of Thomas
  9. Jesus appears by the Sea of Tiberias
  10. Jesus forgives Peter and commands him to feed his sheep
  11. Jesus commissions the disciples upon the mountain
  12. The Ascension of Jesus
  13. Mary and the disciples wait in prayer
  14. The Holy Spirit descends at Pentecost

They all indicate that different stations that are used are as follows. The first couple all surround the resurrection itself with the Earthquake that occurs at the time of the Resurrection or when the women are the first to come and anoint the body and the find the tomb empty with an angel of Jesus there asking them what/who they are looking for or Mary Magdalene proclaims the Resurrection to the disciples.  The other ones are after resurrection appearances of Jesus like when he appeared to the 500 as mentioned in Corinthians or appeared to Saul.

It would be interesting if this turned into a regular devotion like Stations of the Cross but it has only been about 30 years since it was created and it took about 60 or so year before the Chaplet of Divine Mercy became popular, you also had a Pope who really backed the prayer.

Fatima 100 (June)

A couple of days ago was 13 June this was the second appearance of Mary to the children in Fatima. This time around according to the writings of Lucia, Mary appeared and told the children to continue praying the Rosary everyday but to add a prayer after each decade “O My Jesus, forgive us our sins , save us from the fire of hell. Take all souls to heaven, especially those who are most in need. ” Mary also asked to learn to read and write. The children asked if they would make it to heaven and Mary responded that Jacinta and Francisco will come soon, but Lucia will remain a little longer, for there is more for Lucia to establish devotion in the world to my Immaculate Heart.

Let us all take out a rosary and pray it at least once a month since it is not that much to ask of all of us.

Divine Mercy Novena

In case you’ve forgotten this is the fifth day in the Novena and the intention is for the souls of Those who have separated themselves from the Church. The novena is a way to prepare for Divine Mercy Sunday, it begins on Good Friday and goes until the Second Sunday of Easter. If you haven’t started to novena it doesn’t matter just pray the chaplet for the rest of the week or at least take some time and pray a chaplet of two before Sunday. The Chaplet is from the writing of St. Faustina Kowalska, as it comes from the visions and conversations with Jesus, who made specific promises regarding the recitation of the prayers.

The prayers are as followed and there are a lot of optional prayers. You pray the Chaplet on a regular Rosary and like all prayers begin with the Sign of the Cross.

It can begins with an 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.” This can be followed by another optional prayer which may also be used to begin the chaplet, this prayer is repeated 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!”

Here is where I begin:
On the three beads you pray an Our Father, a Hail Mary and the Apostle’s Creed.
After this on all the “big beads” typically Our Fathers you pray “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.” and on the “small beads” the Hail Mary’s you pray “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world”. This is prayed as you go around the Rosary. When you reach the end on the medallion in the middle you pray “Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world” three times.
This can be followed by another optional 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.”

After this you get back to the sign of the cross and it’s over. At the end I also add “Jesus, I trust in You” I picked this up from a Polish friend who reintroduced the chaplet to me in college I had done it a couple times way back in middle school. That is the chaplet, it is easier to pray and takes less time than praying a Rosary.


Franciscan Crown: Resurrection of Jesus

We move from the Joyful Mysteries to the Glorious ones. Jesus has risen from the grave and appears to Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, perhaps another Mary as well, then to the Apostles.  It is the women who Jesus first appears to all in the Gospels accounts except for Luke which just has the Emmaus encounter. Let us keep the Resurrection in our minds this week as those gather in Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day. In this year of mercy let us reflect upon these Mysteries as Mary can be considered as Mediatrix, Co-Redemptrix as well as an advocate for us in heaven. Following in the lead of Pope St. John Paul II let us all turn to Mary with affection as a child to their mother. If you have some time over the next several days perhaps pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for all those in Poland as well as the world in general. We need to be like the women going to the tomb and learning that it is empty bring this message out to the world.

Divine Mercy Sunday

This week the readings come from Acts 5:12-16; Psalm 118; Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19; and John’s Gospel 20:19-31.

In case you missed it this is the Second Sunday in Easter or more commonly known as Divine Mercy Sunday, your church might be praying the Chaplet today at 3pm, they are go and pray it. Today the readings focus on Faith with the story of Doubting Thomas in the Gospel. “Blessed are those who have not seen and have still believed.” This gospel reading is the only one across all three years of the cycle. If you look at the Divine Mercy image you understand it right away, as in the image Jesus is blessing us with his left hand pointing toward his chest with red and pale (white) rays coming from his heart. Just like at the Crucifixion blood and water flow from Jesus, below the image is usually the phrase “Jesus, I Trust in You.”  We need to put our trust in Jesus, we don’t get to be like Thomas and ask to see his hand and feet and side to prove that it is actually Jesus but we will know it is him through love.

Easter Saturday, Divine Mercy Novena Day 9

Today bring to Me the Souls who have become Lukewarm, and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: ‘Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will.’ For them, the last hope of salvation is to run to My mercy.”

Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love, let these tepid souls who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen.

This is the most difficult one to pray as we look inwards to ourselves. Since generally speaking we are all lukewarm at times, sometimes we burn for the faith but often times we focus more on the world around us. This is a hard things to remind us about a week after we all were being pious and serious about our faith during the season of Lent. With the fasting and the abstaining from meat along with whatever else we might have “given up” for Lent, but how many of us have already had/ done what they gave up for Lent sure the obligation is over but just because it’s not Lent isn’t an excuse for falling back to the person we were before Lent began.

Easter Friday, Divine Mercy Novena Day 8

Today bring to Me the Souls who are in the prison of Purgatory, and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. Let the torrents of My Blood cool down their scorching flames. All these souls are greatly loved by Me. They are making retribution to My justice. It is in your power to bring them relief. Draw all the indulgences from the treasury of My Church and offer them on their behalf. Oh, if you only knew the torments they suffer, you would continually offer for them the alms of the spirit and pay off their debt to My justice.”

Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet, who must make retribution to Your justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of Purgatory, that there, too, the power of Your mercy may be celebrated.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was flooded: Manifest Your mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way but only through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion. Amen.

Today we take the time to reflect on those we went before us marked with the sign of faith and are currently in Purgatory, that in-between place where souls are purified before entering heaven. It is the second book in Dante’s Divine Comedy where it is depicted as a mountain tiered by the seven deadly sins. topped with Paradise. We need to continue to pray for all souls in purgatory and teach other to do so in order that when we are there our time of purification may be short.

Easter Thursday, Divine Mercy Novena Day 7

Today bring to Me the Souls who especially venerate and glorify My Mercy, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls sorrowed most over my Passion and entered most deeply into My spirit. They are living images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death.”

Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward, confident of Your mercy; and united to You, O Jesus, they carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their hearts, overflowing with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God:

Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them that during their life, but especially at the hour of death, the souls who will venerate this fathomless mercy of His, He, Himself, will defend as His glory. Amen.

This should be all individuals especially this year as we celebrate the Year of Mercy. We are constantly focusing on the suffering, death and resurrection of the Lord that mercy should become second nature for us all. On Easter, Pope Francis in his Urbi et Orbi said that “Before the spiritual and moral abysses of mankind, before the chasms that open up in hearts and provoke hatred and death, only an infinite mercy can bring us salvation. Only God can fill those chasms with his love, prevent us from falling into them and help us to continue our journey together towards the land of freedom and life.” We all need mercy in our lives and should be willing to show mercy to others and the same is true with love.

Easter Wednesday, Divine Mercy Novena Day 6

“Today bring to Me the Meek and Humble Souls and the Souls of Little Children, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence.”

Most Merciful Jesus, You yourself have said, “Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart.” Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all heaven into ecstasy and they are the heavenly Father’s favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek souls, upon humble souls, and upon little children who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: Bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

The young have a vital role to play in the Church since they are the future. However this is also a reminder to us that Jesus tells us in the Gospel that unless we become like little children we will never enter the kingdom of heaven. We see it many times through out the gospel, in the beatitudes, with the camel through an eye of a needle or the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. Every one need to humble themselves so that we may be exulted.

Easter Tuesday, Divine Mercy Novena Day 5

“Today bring to Me the Souls of those who have separated themselves from My Church, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the Church My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion.”

Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son’s Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Today, we turn to those who have separated themselves because of sin or just stopped going. This is a serious problem that the Church is facing as many young adult are just not showing up, they get confirmed and then leave the church when they go to high school or college, until perhaps they get married. Then there are those Cultural Catholics who show up at Christmas and Easter and that’s it. Sure it is a problem but it can and will only be fixed with better priests and bishops leading the church. I know that Pope Francis has emphasized that a shepherd should smell like his sheep, but I don’t know how his Bishop appointments are and it seems too early to say anything for certain about priests. I know Pope John Paul II inspired many young men to become priests, but they are just now at the beginning of their ministry.