DAY 52 - OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, PRAY FOR US
POWER OF PRAYER
- The Morning Offering
- Mental Prayer (at least 15 minutes)
- Spiritual Reading (at least 15 minutes)
- Holy Mass and Communion
- The Angelus (at 6 AM, noon, 6 PM)
- The Holy Rosary
- Brief Examination of Conscience (at night)
PRAY A ROSARY
- Rosary of the Day: Sorrowful Mysteries
- Traditional 54 Day Rotation: Joyful Mysteries
FEAST OF ST. FAUSTINA
Job, Chapter 39, Verse 22
He laughs at FEAR
and cannot be terrified; he does not retreat from the sword.
This verse is referring to the war horse. Christ rode on an ass’s colt into to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The Romans rode war horses into battle and the Jew’s rode asses into battle. Christ did not ride a war horse on Palm Sunday into battle with evil. Christ was a warrior; his enemy was Satan not men. Do you have the spirit of a war horse or a donkey? As a Christian you need both. You must be as docile as the donkey to the bridle of Christ and as fearless and resolute as a warhorse in battle.
A Mighty War Horse
And know this the kingdom of darkness is shaking with fear! You are My Warhorse made ready for battle. You are clothed with strength and dignity; clothed with the Righteousness of your God. Victory is yours through The LORD Jesus Christ. You shall laugh without fear of the future. You are striking terror into the kingdom of darkness. Rejoice in your Strength for My Holy Spirit Power reigns in you. Laugh at the spirit of fear when it rises up against you.
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against your LORD, and against My Anointed Ones, saying “Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” But know this, My Warrior. He who sits in the heavens shall laugh: The LORD shall have them in derision. All shall hear the outcry of My Warhorses! The enemy shall hear the thunder of your footsteps. There is no wisdom, no understanding, no counsel that can prevail against Yahweh and His People.
A horse is prepared for the Day of battle, and be assured of this, your victory is of the LORD.
The God of Peace shall soon crush Satan under your feet. Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says The LORD of Hosts.”
The horses of the Bible are almost exclusively war-horses, the property of KINGS.
“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future,” Proverbs 31:25.
“He who sits in the heavens laughs; The LORD holds them in derision,” Psalm 2:4 .
“There is no wisdom, no understanding, no counsel that can prevail against the LORD. A horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory is of the LORD,” Proverbs 21:30-31.
“Do you give the horse his strength or clothe his neck with a flowing mane? Do you make him leap like a locust, striking terror with his proud snorting? He paws fiercely, rejoicing in his strength, and charges into the fray. He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; he does not shy away from the sword. The quiver rattles against his side, along with the flashing spear and lance. In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground; he cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds. At the blast of the trumpet he snorts, `Aha!’ He catches the scent of battle from afar, the shout of commanders and the battle cry,” Job 39:19-25.
“Then loudly the feet of the horses were sounding with the stamping, the stamping of their war-horses,” Judges 5:22.
Feast of St. Faustina
Saint Faustina was born in the 20th century and canonized in the year 2000. Jesus chose her to deliver to the modern world a message as old as eternity. It is the message of his love for all people, especially sinners. Jesus said to Faustina, "Today I am sending you with my mercy to the people of the whole world." It is his desire to heal the aching world, to draw all people into his merciful heart of love. On February 22, 1931, Jesus appeared to Faustina as the King of Divine Mercy. He asked her to have a picture painted of him as she saw him — clothed in white, with red and white rays of light streaming from his heart. The rays represent the blood and water that flowed from the side of Jesus on the cross. Under the image are the words, "Jesus, I trust in you." Many people did not believe Faustina at first. The sisters in her own convent thought that Jesus could not possibly have selected her for this great favor. After all, she was an uneducated peasant girl. Her superiors often refused to give her permission to carry out Jesus' requests. Church theologians, too, doubted her word. Jesus told Faustina that he loved her obedience and that his will would be done in the end. Faustina was canonized by the first Polish pope, John Paul II, on April 30, 2000. The first Sunday after Easter was declared Divine Mercy Sunday.
Things to Do
· Read a short biography of Sr. Mary Faustina Kowalska from the Vatican.
· Read the Holy Father's April 30, 2000, Homily at the solemn Mass celebrated for the canonization of Sr. Mary Faustina Kowalska.
· From the Directory on Popular Piety and Liturgy: Devotion to the Divine Mercy
· In connection with the octave of Easter, recent years have witnessed the development and diffusion of a special devotion to the Divine Mercy based on the writings of Sr. Faustina Kowalska who was canonized 30 April 2000. It concentrates on the mercy poured forth in Christ's death and resurrection, fount of the Holy Spirit who forgives sins and restores joy at having been redeemed. Since the liturgy of the Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday — as it is now called — is the natural locus in which to express man's acceptance of the Redeemer's mercy, the faithful should be taught to understand this devotion in the light of the liturgical celebrations of these Easter days. Indeed, "the paschal Christ is the definitive incarnation of mercy, his living sign which is both historico-salvific and eschatological. At the same time, the Easter liturgy places the words of the psalm on our lips: "I shall sing forever of the Lord's mercy" (Ps 89: 2).
· Read more from our Catholic Culture library about the Divine Mercy devotion, in particular, a short description of The Divine Mercy devotion
· St. Faustina came from Poland. John Paul II was also Polish and had a great devotion to the Divine Mercy. He made it a feast day on the second Sunday after Easter. Find out more about Poland and its customs. It's a very Catholic country, with deep devotion to Our Lady. A wonderful book that gives a wonderful understanding of the culture is the Pope's biography A Witness to Hope by George Wiegel.
· Try your hand at a Polish dish or two. Perhaps practice making some of the favorite foods for the Polish Wigilia (Christmas Eve Dinner) Pierogi (or Pirohi) is one of the most popular Polish foods but do some research to find other recipes.
· You can get her diary here: https://www.saint-faustina.org/diary-full-text/
35 Promises of God cont.
· “And this is the boldness we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”-1 John 5:14
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· Total Consecration to St. Joseph