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Divine Mercy Novena

Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be canonized by the Catholic Church on Divine Mercy Sunday.
Leading up to Divine Mercy Sunday, I will be praying the Divine Mercy Novena beginning on Good Friday.
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Quote for the day

“And now let us begin this journey, [together] as bishop and people. This journey of the Church of Rome, which is to preside over all the Churches in charity. It is a journey of fraternity, of love, of trust between us. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the world, so that a great brotherhood may be created. I hope that this journey of the Church, which we begin today and in which my Cardinal Vicar who is present here will assist me, will be fruitful for the Evangelization of this beautiful city.”

– His Holiness, Pope Francis

Dear Lord,

Please bless Your servant Francis as He embarks on the journey You have set before him.  May the laity pray for him as he asked and turn their hearts toward You.

Amen.

A time to wait

I was born in 1965.  I can remember Pope Paul VI, both John Pauls, and Benedict XVI.  I was a teenager when the John Pauls were elected.  I didn’t really care at all about the conclave or what it meant. Having been poorly catechized in the post Vatican II, throw the baby out with the bath water, era I had no understanding of the momentousness of what was happening.  I watched the EWTN coverage in 2005 and shouted “Habemus Papam!” when they showed the white smoke and waited to watch the announcement of the new pope.  This time, I find I am sad that Benedict XVI has left the chair of Peter open, but I am looking forward to this conclave with a better understanding than ever before.  I am praying for the Holy Spirit to guide the cardinals and for the Lord’s will to be done.  I will not forget my “German shepherd,” but I look forward to the guiding hand of the one who will be elected.  It is a bittersweet time for me.

Here is a great guide to how the conclave works.

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Dear Lord,

Please send forth Your Spirit on the college of cardinals as they gather for the conclave.  May the man You desire to fill the Chair of St. Peter be chosen to lead Your church.  Please grant peace to Your servant Benedict XVI as he enters into a life of prayer and solitude.  Not the will of man, but Your will be done.

Amen.

A Prayer of St. Theresa of Avila

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.

— St. Teresa of Avila
  H/T to EWTN

 

Thought for the day

“Forgiveness is not something that can be bought; those to whom it is offered are bankrupts. It is capital advanced to them, which they are to repay with an interest of tears.”

 

 Father Ronald Knox

 

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