Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Open the Floodgates



  I hope everyone enjoyed Divine Mercy Sunday and spent some extra time meditating on the mercy of God.  I keep thinking about the quote I shared on Sunday from St. Faustina's Diary, "On that day are opened all the divine floodgates through which graces flow."  I truly love that imagery.  The phrase 'open the floodgates' generally describes a situation which may have been previously difficult, but now has become easily attainable by many.  We are so fortunate to be living in an age where God wants to be so generous with us.
  I also thought about how floodgates are often opened after a storm, so the surrounding area doesn't experience erosion which could result from another upcoming storm.  Opening the floodgates helps prevent perceived danger.  We all experience different storms in our lives.   Sometimes a storm can take us completely by surprise and we may be unprepared.  Let us put our trust in God, so that no future storms will erode our faith.  Be sure to draw close to God and bathe in His mercy while the floodgates are open, and allow His love to strengthen and heal you.

-Susan

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Divine Mercy Sunday



   How beautiful it is to continue celebrating the Easter season with the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday.  Jesus told St. Faustina that the blood and water that flowed forth when His Sacred Heart are represented by a pale and red ray. "These two rays issued forth from the depths of My tender mercy when my agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross."  Jesus encourages us to "dwell in the shelter" of these two rays. I would like to suggest that everyone  have a Divine Mercy Image of Jesus in their homes so that we all may receive the abundant graces Jesus desires to grant us.
  I get excited whenever I think of the feast of Divine Mercy.  After Jesus conquers sin and death so that we may enjoy Eternal Life with Him, He continues to demonstrate His great love for each of us by showering us with His Mercy.  Listen to these beautiful words Jesus uses when talking with St. Faustina about The Feast of Divine Mercy:
   I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who
   approach the fount of My mercy.

   On that day are opened all the divine floodgates through
   which graces flow.

  My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or angel, 
  will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity.

   Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the 
   Fount of My Mercy.

  I would like to encourage everyone to bask in God's amazing love.  Let His Divine Mercy fill your very being and then share this with the rest of the world.  Have a blessed day everyone!

-Susan

(quotes were from the "Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul" by St. Faustina.)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Flying High


  A few weeks past we were at our family rosary party.  My niece told us that every time her one year old son saw a crucifix, he would fly it around the room like an airplane.  My daughter laughed and said, "I wouldn't worry about it, maybe he's just saying 'Jesus is my pilot!"
  I wonder if all of us could say the same?  Do we let Jesus be the one to decide the direction we should be going in life?  Or do we put Jesus more in the role of a flight attendant-someone we talk to when we need help or assistance?  I wonder why it is so difficult for us to trust what God has planned for us?  Or why we second guess His whole idea about loving one another?  If we all want to get to heaven wouldn't it make sense to follow the one person who has been to heaven and back?
  I think that one year old little boy was the smartest one in the room.  He didn't think twice about who should be steering the plane, he was just happy to be enjoying life. Perhaps that is why Jesus said,  “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." 

-Susan

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Absolutely Amazing!


  Harper stood at the start line with all the other kids.  She listened carefully as they explained the rules.  Each child could find three eggs, and inside each egg contained something special.  Harper looked at the other kids and got a little worried.  They looked bigger.  They were probably faster than her, too.  She wondered if there were even enough eggs for everyone to get three.
  "Okay is everybody ready?"  asked the lady in charge.  "On your mark, get set, go!"
  Suddenly Harper felt kids pushing past her.  Within minutes she could hear the other kids shout, "I got one!  I found another one!"
  Harper watched as everyone ran ahead of her.  She wondered if she should just start running, too, when all of a sudden she looked down and saw the most beautiful golden egg she had ever seen.  As she bent down to pick it up, she wondered how all the kids could have just ran past it and not even notice it?  Just holding the egg felt special to Harper.  Carefully, she opened the egg.  Inside were two tiny pieces of wood and a small note that read:  "My dear child, hold the piece of wood in your right hand that says 'LOVE'.  Take the other piece that says 'FORGIVENESS' and lay it across it to form a cross."
  When Harper did this the letters disappeared and then formed a new word: MERCY.  Harper smiled.  The mercy of God was incredible.  It was the most beautiful gift she had ever received!  She just stood there allowing the mercy of God to touch her.  She wasn't even sure how much time had passed when she suddenly realized all the other kids were back and talking about their eggs.  
  "I found three eggs filled with dollar bills!"
  "My eggs had pretty jewelry!"
  "My eggs were filled with my favorite candy!"
  Harper was excited, too, and said, "I only found one egg, but look what was inside-God's mercy!"
  "Let me see," said one boy.  "Oh, that just a cross."
  "No, look closer," said Harper.  "When God's love and forgiveness intersect, we find His Mercy.  Isn't it absolutely amazing!"
  Another boy looked and said, "I don't get it. What's so amazing about it?"
  Harper looked at the boy and said, "Come here.  I want you to feel how amazing God's mercy is."
  The boy shook his head, "No thanks.  I have to show my dad my money.  See ya."
  Harper couldn't believe that anyone would walk away from God's mercy.  It's so beautiful.  I wonder why they don't see it?  Harper was lost in thought when her mom walked up to her.
  "Hey, Harper did you enjoy the egg hunt?"
  "Oh, Mom, wait until I show you the treasure I found.  You're are going to love it!"

-Susan
  

Sunday, April 16, 2017

He Is Risen!



  What a glorious day!  Have you heard?  Jesus has risen!  Tell everyone you know that your Lord and Savior has conquered death!  May the peace of Christ fill your heart today.  May Christ's peace fill our homes, our schools, our communities, our country, and our world!  Go ahead, get wrapped up in God's love!  Today is Easter and we are all so blessed to have our lives filled with the love of Christ!  Yes, God is amazing and we are truly blessed to be His children!

Happy Easter!
Susan & Theresa

Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday



 Today thoughts of 3 keep circling my mind. 
              Peter denied Jesus 3 times.  
                  Jesus fell three times while carrying His cross, 
           and three nails were pounded into Him 
                            to keep Him on the cross.  
   Three men, on three crosses were crucified that day. 
            And for three long hours Jesus suffered on the cross.  
                    Mystics say Jesus died at the age of 33. 
                             Jesus laid in His tomb for three days.
                                   Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
                        Draw me closer to all three of you today.

-Susan

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Are You Coming For Supper?



         Today is Holy Thursday and I hope to see all of you gathered around the Eucharistic table.  Today we celebrate the new and everlasting covenant.  I am amazed every time I think about this holy night.  God, our Father, wants to be intimately united with each of us, so that will be intimately united with Him.  Is there anything more beautiful than the Holy Eucharist?  Has anyone ever said, "I love you with all my heart" better than this?
  We are going to celebrate at Supper tonight.  Our Father has so much to share with us.  He needs to personally talk with each of us.  There is so much we don't understand.  Please don't ignore this dinner invitation, Dad really wants you to be there.  It's more important than you could ever imagine.

-Susan