OF ST. FAUSTINA
Our Heavenly Father desires all three hearts of Jesus, Mary and Joseph to be honored. And so along with devotion to Jesus on First Fridays, and to Mary on First Saturdays, Our Father longs for us to add devotion to St. Joseph on each First Wednesday of the month.
"The Sacred Hearts of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph have been chosen by the Most Holy Trinity to bring peace to the world." It is at God's request that "special love and honor be given to them" to help us "imitate" their love and their lives, as well as "offer reparation" for the sins committed against them and their love.
The St. Joseph First Wednesday devotion is:
1. Pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary - remembering St. Joseph's love, his life, his role and his sufferings
2. Receive Holy Communion - in union with the love St. Joseph had for Jesus the first time and each time he held him - his son, his God and Savior - in his arms.
In the approved
apparitions of Our Lady of America, St. Joseph revealed:
· "I am the protector of the Church and
the home, as I was the protector of Christ and his mother while I lived upon
earth. Jesus and Mary desire that my pure heart, so long hidden and unknown, be
now honored in a special way.
· Let my children honor my most pure heart in a
special manner on the First Wednesday of the month by reciting the Joyful
Mysteries of the Rosary in memory of my life with Jesus and Mary and the love I
bore them, the sorrow I suffered with them.
· Let them receive Holy Communion in union with
the love with which I received the Savior for the first time and each time I
held Him in my arms.
· Those who honor me in this way will be
consoled by my presence at their death, and I myself will conduct them safely into
the presence of Jesus and Mary."
Feast of St. Faustina
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.
Read a short biography of Sr. Mary Faustina Kowalska from the
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:
Every Wednesday is
Dedicated to St. Joseph
The Italian culture has
always had a close association with St. Joseph perhaps you could make
Wednesdays centered around Jesus’s Papa. Plan an Italian dinner of pizza or
spaghetti after attending Mass as most parishes have a Wednesday evening Mass.
You could even do carry out to help restaurants. If you are adventurous, you
could do the Universal Man Plan: St. Joseph style. Make the evening a family
night perhaps it could be a game night. Whatever you do make the day special.
of the Catholic Church
PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST
SECTION ONE-MAN'S VOCATION LIFE IN THE
CHAPTER ONE THE DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN
Article 2-OUR VOCATION TO BEATITUDE
The New Testament uses several expressions to characterize the beatitude to
which God calls man:
- the coming of the Kingdom of God;
- the vision of God: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God"
- entering into the joy of the Lord;
- entering into God's rest:
There we shall rest and see, we shall see and love, we
shall love and praise. Behold what will be at the end without end. For what
other end do we have, if not to reach the kingdom which has no end?
1721 God put us in the
world to know, to love, and to serve him, and so to come to paradise. Beatitude
makes us "partakers of the divine nature" and of eternal life. With
beatitude, man enters into the glory of Christ and into the joy of the
1722 Such beatitude
surpasses the understanding and powers of man. It comes from an entirely free
gift of God: whence it is called supernatural, as is the grace that disposes
man to enter into the divine joy.
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see
It is true, because of the greatness and inexpressible
glory of God, that "man shall not see me and live," for the Father
cannot be grasped. But because of God's love and goodness toward us, and
because he can do all things, he goes so far as to grant those who love him the
privilege of seeing him.... For "what is impossible for men is possible
1723 The beatitude we are
promised confronts us with decisive moral choices. It invites us to purify our
hearts of bad instincts and to seek the love of God above all else. It teaches
us that true happiness is not found in riches or well-being, in human fame or
power, or in any human achievement - however beneficial it may be - such as
science, technology, and art, or indeed in any creature, but in God alone, the
source of every good and of all love:
All bow down before wealth. Wealth is that to which the
multitude of men pay an instinctive homage. They measure happiness by wealth;
and by wealth they measure respectability.... It is a homage resulting from a
profound faith ... that with wealth he may do all things. Wealth is one idol of
the day and notoriety is a second.... Notoriety, or the making of a noise in
the world - it may be called "newspaper fame" - has come to be
considered a great good in itself, and a ground of veneration.
1724 The Decalogue, the Sermon on the Mount, and the apostolic catechesis describe for us the paths that lead to the Kingdom of heaven. Sustained by the grace of the Holy Spirit, we tread them, step by step, by everyday acts. By the working of the Word of Christ, we slowly bear fruit in the Church to the glory of God.
Litany of the Most Precious
Blood of Jesus