Sun Chat: God’s Mercy, from the Introduction to Devout Life

God Desires Us to Choose His Mercy

 

 

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On Sunday we will chat about the importance of being in a right relationship with God.
We continue our series with Part I, Chapter 17: “Ninth Meditation – On the Choice Open to You Between Heaven and Hell” from An Introduction to the Devout Life. Here Saint Francis leads us in meditations to help us root more deeply in the devout life. Because of the nature of these meditations, we will not conclude with our usual questions; the meditation will provide us enough material for reflection.

Preparation

1. Place yourself in the Presence of God.
2. Humble yourself before Him, and ask His inspiration.

Considerations

1. Imagine yourself alone with your good angel in an open plain, as was Tobit on his way to Rages. Suppose the Angel to set before you Paradise, full of delights and joys; and on the other hand Hell, with all its torments. Contemplate both, kneeling in imagination before your guardian Angel. Consider that you are most truly standing between Hell and Paradise, and that both the one and the other are open to receive you, according to your own choice.

2. Consider that the choice you make in this life will last for ever in the next.

3. Consider too, that while both are open to receive you according to your choice, yet God, Who is prepared to give the one by reason of His Justice, the other by reason of His Mercy, all the while desires unspeakably that you should select Paradise; and your good Angel is urging you with all his might to do so, offering you countless graces on God’s part, countless helps to attain to it.

4. Consider that Jesus Christ, enthroned in Heaven, looks down upon you in loving invitation: “O beloved one, come unto Me, and joy for ever in the eternal blessedness of My Love!” Behold His mother yearning over you with maternal tenderness–” Courage, my child, do not despise the Goodness of my Son, or my earnest prayers for thy salvation.” Behold the Saints, who have left you their example, the millions of holy souls who long after you, desiring earnestly that you may one day be for ever joined to them in their song of praise, urging upon you that the road to Heaven is not so hard to find as the world would have you think. “Press on boldly, dear friend,”–they cry. “Whoso will ponder well the path by which we came hither, will discover that we attained to these present delights by sweeter joys than any this world can give.”

The Choice

1. O Hell, I abhor thee now and for ever; I abhor thy griefs and torments, thine endless misery, the unceasing blasphemies and maledictions which thou pourest out upon my God;–and turning to thee, O blessed Paradise, eternal glory, unfading happiness, I choose thee for ever as my abode, thy glorious mansions, thy precious and abiding tabernacles. O my God, I bless Thy Mercy which gives me the power to choose–O Jesus, Saviour, I accept Thine Eternal Love, and praise Thee for the promise Thou hast given me of a place prepared for me in that blessed New Jerusalem, where I shall love and bless Thee for ever.

2. Dwell lovingly upon the example set before you by the Blessed Virgin and the Saints, and strive to follow where they point you. Give yourself up to your guardian Angel, that he may be your guide, and gird up your courage anew to make this choice.

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Sacred Heart Novena Schedules at Visitation Monasteries

Sacred Heart Novena Begins Thursday May 26

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Live + Jesus! Annual Novena to the Sacred Heart

The Novena begins on Thursday, May 26, and ends on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, June 3.
There are two Masses every day during the Novena:
7:00 am
7:30 pm preceded by devotions at 7:15 pm
Confessions are heard after each Mass.
Our Novena director is Fr Nathan Cromly from the Community of St John.
Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament after the morning Mass until the evening Mass. We will remember you and all your intentions before our Eucharistic Lord.
Bishop Daniel Thomas will be the celebrant at the closing Mass, the evening of the Feast of the Sacred Heart.
Come to give Glory, Love and Reparation to the Sacred Heart.

IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

New ImageCome experience the LOVE of the Heart of Jesus for you!

Novena Mass every evening at 730PM

Thur May 26     Rev Fr. Joy Alookaran

Fri May 27         Rev Msgr Joseph Nugent

Sat May 28        Rev Msgr John Maksymowicz

Sun May 29        Rev Fr Michael Perry

Mon May 30      Rev Fr Greg McIllenney

Tues May 31      Rev Msgr Kevin Noone

Wed June 1         Rev Msgr Steven Aggugia

Thur June 2        Rev Msgr Andrew Vaccari

Fri June 3           Rev Fr Josph Gibino

ALSO JOIN US FOR THE CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION 130PM in our Chapel, Sun May 29

In Mobile, Alabama

SACRED HEART NOVENA

THE SISTERS OF THE VISITATION
INVITE YOU TO ATTEND
THE 90TH NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
MAY 26TH THROUGH JUNE 3RD, 2016
DAILY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
WILL BE FROM
8:30 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M.
THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS
WILL BE OFFERED EACH EVENING AT 5:30 P.M.
BY FATHER PATRICK MADDEN
LITURGICAL NOVENA

Preparing for the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with St Francis and St Jane

SH windowThe Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, so special to the Visitation Order, will be celebrated on June 3rd this year.

With the profound thoughts of our holy Founders as reflections, we offer this nine day mini-novena as you prepare for this great Feast.

Day 1- May 26

St Jane de Chantal:

It is in a spiritual fashion that God gives Himself, reaching to the deepest depths of the heart with His inspirations, and uniting Himself so gently with the soul that words cannot express what happens.  The net result is that whoever is thus joined to God becomes one spirit with Him.  Let us drown ourselves then in this Ocean of holiness, of infinite purity.  If we lost all, we shall thereby gain all.  The divine Heart will never fail us, this I tell you for certain, if we do not fail Him.  And even if we did, He would not fail us, because His fidelity is greater than our unfaithfulness.  He is not one of those who breaks faith with a person who has broken faith with Him, and we shall forever find Him ready to call us back.  Let us humble ourselves before the grandeur of God, let us make ourselves nothing in the presence of this adorable Unknown, let us lose ourselves forever with never a thought of finding ourselves again, let us plunge into this divine abyss.  If only we could say in utter truth these words: “My God and my all,” we would never find our prayer long or boring.

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Day 2 May 27

St Jane de Chantal

While others are eating various meats at the table of the Savior, we may repose our souls and all our affections, by a simple confidence, on his loving heart.

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