Dominus Illuminatio Mea

"...the gaze of the Church is constantly turned to her Lord, present in the Sacrament of the Altar, in which she discovers the FULL manifestantion of His boundless love." Ecclesia de Eucharistia

Saturday, April 17, 2004

"Tell sinners that I am always waiting for them, that I listen intently to the beating of their heart...My heart rejoices when they return to me." (Jesus to St. Faustina - Notebook VI, 1728)

From Catholic Exchange, the conditions for Divine Mercy Sunday:
1. Receive Sacramental Confession, preferably before Divine Mercy Sunday (but can be done eight days before or after the Feast);

2. Receive Holy Communion on the day of the Feast;

3. Recite prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father;

4. Detached from all sin, even venial sin, celebrate the Feast on the Sunday after Easter with prayers and celebration;

5. Venerate the Image of the Divine Mercy;

6. Be merciful to others, through actions, words, and prayers on their behalf.

“Whoever approaches the fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.”

Decree of Indulgence

Thursday, April 15, 2004

YES!!!! The Sister Servants of the Eternal Word now have a website (thanks, Fr. Sibley!)!!! My very dear friend and sister in Christ entered with them this summer. God willing, she will be clothed and begin novitiate on July 16th, Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Please keep her in your prayers! She will be a beautiful bride of Christ!

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Some rather exciting news...
Got an email from Sr. C tonight to let me know that some group has volunteered to sponsor me for the week long, Byzantine Youth Rally in California! They have offered to pay the full amount it would cost me to attend ($750)! Wow. Talk about generosity!

In case you need more reasons to NOT vote for Kerry...

Sunday, April 11, 2004

If you haven't read the Holy Father's letter to priests yet, PLEASE do! Many times I hear derogatory comments about priests from kids in school, but that is forgetting the greatness of the vocation itself!! Christine, from Laudem Gloriae, had this wonderful quote from St. Catherine a few weeks ago in reference to the dignity and vocation of the priesthood:

You should love them therefore by reason of the virtue and dignity of the Sacrament, and by reason of that very virtue and dignity you should hate the defects of those who live miserably in sin, but not on that account appoint yourselves their judges, which I forbid, because they are My Christs, and you ought to love and reverence the authority which I have given them...

If (God willing) I do enter cloister it will be my vocation to "be love at the heart of the Church, my Mother" through prayers. Contained in that vocation is the apostolate of praying for priests whose vocation is, as the Pope says, "born of the Eucharist." My brother-in-law asked me a few weeks ago what the point is of entering cloister. He wondered if my life might be more "fruitful" serving God as a wife and mother, or at least as a single person not locked away in some convent! When I first began discerning religious life, I wondered the same thing. I often said "Ok, Lord, if YOU help me I will follow you into religious life...just please not cloister!!" Then St. Therese opened up a whole new world to me. She calls the cloistered vocation "missionary work" and a Sister the mother of many souls. That gave me a lot to think about...I read that about 3 years ago, and I'm still thinking! There is nobody who needs our prayers more than the priests who serve the Church. No priests, no Eucharist, and as St. Pio said, we could do without the sun before we could do without Jesus in the Eucharist. Quite something to think about!