DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY-JESUS OPENS THE FLOODGATES OF MERCY-3rd April, 2016

 3rd April – DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY- THE SUNDAY AFTER EASTER                      A message of hope, a movement in a mixed up age                                                            

The words of Our Lord in the diary are very clear, Jesus said, “I want the image to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it. By means of the Image I shall be granting many graces to souls; so let every soul have access to it.” (Diary 341, 570) The Image should be placed in the church so that everyone can see it, perhaps in the sanctuary area and at all the masses on that day so that everyone may venerate and know about it and come to trust in the Lord.

A TIME OF PRAYER, REPENTANCE AND VENERATION TO OUR SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST

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Around 2,000 Australians die by suicide every year, esp. young men between the ages 0f 25-24 affecting families, friends, workplaces and communities.

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  • Suicide is the biggest killer of young Australians and accounts for the deaths of more young people than car accidents
    Breakdown: 324 Australians (10.5 per 100,000) aged 15-24 dying by suicide in 2012. This compares to 198 (6.4 per 100,000) who died in car accidents (the second highest killer).iv

TRUTH…..What is truth?” retorted Pilate.

                                                                                                                                                    WE ARE NOT GOD. WE DON’T CREATE THE TRUTH. WE COME TO KNOW                                                        THE TRUTH  

                                                                        

     

What is truth asked Pontius Pilate in the time of Jesus? John 18:37. Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. I was born for this, and I came into the world for this: to testify to the truth. Everyone who is committed to the truth listens to my voice.” I AM THE WAY,THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE”. Jesus said.

Pontius Pilate refused to see the truth and missed the opportunity of witnessing the power of God because he was spiritually blind. The power was in his hands to let Jesus go but no!!!! He was too scared to stand for the truth. It is not enough for great men to do nothing!!!!!! This is the central theme of John’s Gospel………… When brought before Pilate, Jesus professes that He himself is The Truth and the witness to the truth. He does not defend the truth with legions but rather makes it visible through his Passion and thereby also implements it.

It is easy to rationalise and explain your actions and feelings in a way that is not threatening to make a point.It is equally easy to make value judgments on just about anything. There is a danger in this in that it …….“does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate standard consists solely of one’s own ego and desires.  A ‘Relativist’ makes of life something that works for them, that there is no definite truth……. you discover your own path …make life something that works for you …..If it works for me it’s cool, it doesn’t hurt anyone so it must be right?? …..”FOLLOW YOUR HEART” some would say.  THIS HAS A PROBLEM because it takes the meaning out of life.( J. A. Ratzinger )  There is more to life than that………………So then…. “What is the true meaning of life?’’ “What is the goal???? ( J. A. Ratzinger ) The long term goal should be salvation and we have to map out our path as given to us by our saviour Jesus Christ. Today, in fact, truth is regarded as far too subjective a concept for us to find therein a universally valid standard.( J. A. Ratzinger )

Everything is to some extent negotiable. This has a problem because coming to some consensus would be near impossible and we face the risk of having no standards. The opinion of the majority would be the only criterion that counted. The minute one uses the word ‘’should” they are undermining relativism.

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One is making judgement imposing one’s truth onto others. This is a self-contradicting proposition. There is nothing everyone should do?  If you think you know the truth then you are an absolutist. We are not God, God is absolute. Jesus revealed who God is to us and that He came for the truth. So, the truth that leads to salvation is in the gospels according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

 

 

DEATH – HELL AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN

In society, you wouldn’t give a murderer a fine for his/her crime, like you wouldn’t give a traffic road offender a life-term jail sentence for breaking a road rule. I am giving you an analogy here. God did not intend for all sins to be equal.

Sin is an offense against reason, truth, and right conscience; it is failure in genuine love for God and neighbor caused by a perverse attachment to certain goods. It wounds the nature of man and injures human solidarity. It has been defined as “an utterance, a deed, or a desire contrary to the eternal law.

There are different types of sins.  They can also be classed according to whether they concern God, neighbor, or oneself; they can be divided into spiritual and carnal sins, or again as sins in thought, word, deed, or omission. The root of sin is in the heart of man, in his free will, according to the teaching of the Lord: “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a man.” But in the heart also resides charity, the source of the good and pure works, which sin wounds.(Catechism of the catholic church)

God is love and God has given us all a free will. You cannot have free will without  responsibility.

GOD DOESN’T SEND PEOPLE TO HELL . PEOPLE THEMSELVES CHOOSE HELL IF THEY REFUSE THE LOVE OF GOD AND THE SAVING POWER OF HIS SON JESUS CHRIST. We serve a judgemental God, it is by God’s grace that we are pardoned and brought into his kingdom, through the sacrifice that Jesus paid for our sins through the cross.

FOR THE IN BETWEEN THERE IS PURGATORY

Purgatory as a “purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven,” which is experienced by those “who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified” (CCC 1030). It notes that “this final purification of the elect . . . is entirely different from the punishment of the damned” 

The purification is necessary because, as Scripture teaches, nothing unclean will enter the presence of God in heaven (Rev. 21:27) and, while we may die with our mortal sins forgiven, there can still be many impurities in us, specifically venial sins and the temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven. (Catechism of the catholic church)

Augustine said, in The City of God, that “temporary punishments are suffered by some in this life only, by others after death, by others both now and then; but all of them before that last and strictest judgment” (21:13). It is between the particular and general judgments, then, that the soul is purified of the remaining consequences of sin: “I tell you, you will never get out till you have paid the very last copper” (Luke 12:59).

The Bible does not mention the exact word purgatory but instead it makes reference to a place which can be understood as what is referred to as purgatory. To claim that purgatory does not exist because the exact word does not appear in Scripture is a failure to understand scripture.

Purgatory because it means “a cleansing place.” Therein souls are purged from the small stains of sin, which prevent their immediate entrance into Heaven.

In the Old Testament

The first mention of Purgatory in the Bible is in 2 Maccabees 12:46: “Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from sin.”

Some people do not accept Maccabees as book of the Bible. This is unfortunate since it is that their Bibles have been edited and are missing books. Even if a person does not accept the book of Maccabees, it at least has historical value for we can learn what the pre-Christian community believed.

In Chapter 12 of Second Maccabees we read Scriptural proof for Purgatory and evidence that the Jews had sacrifices offered for those of their brothers who had lost their lives in battle. That the Jews prayed for the dead shows that they believed in a place where they could be helped (which we now call purgatory) and that the prayers of their living brothers and sisters could help them in that place. This is closely related to the Catholic doctrine of the communion of saints.

During the Reformation in the 15th century, when Martin Luther was deciding to remove books from the Bible, these words in the book of Maccabees had so clearly favored Catholic teaching, that the whole book was removed from the Protestant Bible. Unfortunately for Protestants, even if they feel that the book was not inspired, it still tells us of the practice of God’s chosen people.

In the New Testament

In Matthew 5:26 and Luke 12:59 Christ is condemning sin and speaks of liberation only after expiation. “Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.” Now we know that no last penny needs to be paid in Heaven and from Hell there is no liberation at all; hence the reference must apply to a third place.

The Bible clearly implies a place for an intermediate state of purification after we die in the many passages which tell that God will reward or punish according to a person’s life.

 

GOD HAS MADE US A FAMILY

A man and a woman would form a “one-flesh” union through marriage                       ( Gen. 2:24), and they with their children become a family, the essential building block of human society.images (1)

God gave us a family to live in because He didn’t want us to live alone.

A loving, caring and God centred Family is another extension of God and His love for mankind.

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Prayer of an Expectant  Mother

Lord Jesus, I lovingly pray for this sweet hope
that I keep within my womb.
You have granted me the immense gift
of a tiny little life,
living in my own life,
and I humbly thank you for choosing me
as an instrument of your love.
In this sweet waiting,
help me to live in a constant attitude
of self-surrender to your will.

Grant me a motherly heart that is pure,
steadfast and generous.
I hand over to you my own concerns;
any anxious fears that may come,
my own wishes for the little person
that I still have no knowledge of.
Grant that it may be born healthy in body,
keep far from it every peril to its soul.

Mary, you have known
the ineffable joy of a holy motherhood;
give me a heart that can transmit an ardent, living
faith.
Sanctify my waiting,
bless this joyful hope that is in me,
grant that the fruit of my womb
may open out in virtue
and in holiness through your working
with that of your divine Son. Amen.

Prayer of a Mother   (if child is already born)

All loving God,
you created the human family
as a reflection of your own divine life
so that your creation might share in your happiness.

Father we thank you for your marvellous gift;
you have allowed us to share in your divine parenthood.
During this time of  growth
we ask you as a partnership, to nurture our child’s life.

Station your heavenly angels around our child                                                                   to protect and guide him/her.                                                                                               We ask that Jesus deliver him/her from harm and                                                           to bring him/her to the complete truth so as to bring glory to You Lord.

May our child learn to love You and                                                                                   Your Son Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT

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The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord, then from these come the fruits. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God . . . If children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ. The fruits of the Spirit are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as the first fruits of eternal glory.

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PRAYERS TO THE HOLY SPIRIT 

1.Come Holy Spirit, fill my heart with love and my mind with light.                     Please infill me afresh with the gifts of.. (name gifts)  in the name of               Jesus  Christ. AMEN   

2.Breathe into me, Spirit of God  that I may think what is holy.
Drive me, Spirit of God, that I may do what is holy.
Draw me, Spirit of God, that I may love what is holy.
Strengthen me, Spirit of God, that I may preserve what is holy.
Guide me, Spirit of God, that I may never lose what is holy.  AMEN

 

                                                       

 

 

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Write  a PP and we’ll pray together for you                                                                                                                                    This is linked to my email only, no one else will see it and it will go on my list of people  to pray  for, you don’t have to put your full name but it would help if you state the problem.                                                             
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power-of-prayerRead the prayers below. There is power in numbers, God answers prayers when they’re prayed and if they’re part of God’s will. If prayers are not answered immediately it’s because God is aligning the heavenlies for you,  to ensure that you get the best outcome. The outcome might not be what you expect but what you need. God is interested in your total wellbeing,  it may come in different forms. Ask the Holy Spirit for a fresh infilling of his gifts and their fruits  esp..for knowledge, wisdom and understanding.           (see holy spirit category)

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