Sunday, April 15, 2007

The Eternal Mercy of God

"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."

-From the Diary of St. Faustina

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Jesus Lives!

Jesus alive,
rejoice and sing again,
"All shall be well forevermore, amen!"
- lyrics from "All Shall Be Well" by the Saint Louis Jesuits

Friday, April 06, 2007

"Good" Friday

"Without beauty,
without majesty,
we saw Him:
a thing despised and rejected.
A man of sorrow, familiar with pain,
we took no account of Him.
Yet ours were the sufferings He bore,
ours the sorrows He carried.
He was pierced and crushed for our sins,
and by His wounds,
O Jesus,
J E S U S,
with what great love you love us!
O Jesus,
J E S U S,
with what great love you love."
- lyrics by Carey Landry

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Embarking upon the Journey of the Triduum

Tonight we began the liturgy of the Sacred Triduum ...
... receiving the newly blessed oils,
... celebrating the Liturgy of the Word,
... following Jesus' example in the washing of the feet,
... bringing forward our gifts for the poor,
... receiving the Eucharist,
... celebrating the gift of the Jesus Himself,
... keeping watch with Jesus...

(image obtained via google search)

The homilist posed these challenges:

Do we want to become communion or do we simply want to go to communion?

Do we plan to watch Jesus for these three days or do we plan to follow His model?

Powerful challenges, indeed!

Jesus continues to call to each of us, in the words (and melody) of the Taize song:

Stay here and keep watch with me:

the hour has come.

Stay here and keep watch with me,

watch and pray!