St. Faustina’s Vision of the Sacred Host during Mass
Low Sunday – 28th April, 1935
In the Diary of St. Faustina, she records various visions she had of Our Lord in the Sacred Host. Of one vision, she writes, “Toward the end of the service, when the priest took the Blessed Sacrament to bless the people, I saw the Lord Jesus as He is represented in the Image. The Lord gave His blessing, and the rays extended over the whole world” (Diary 420). What St. Faustina saw in vision happens each time we attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. What she saw in a vision, we believe in by faith.
The Gift of God's Presence - Silent Contemplation
by Fr. Terence Crotty OP
One of the greatest aspects of the act of forgiveness is the purifying and ennobling effects it has upon the personality and character of the forgiver. It is obvious that those who refuse to forgive a wrong or injuries are yet to taste one of the sublime pleasures of life.
Christ’s injunction to forgive seventy-seven times seems to lack grounds for survival in our present world. This is based on the fact that recent happenings have shown that people are more inclined to the old Mosaic law that asks an “eye for eye, a tooth for a tooth”.
When I was fit and in good health, I remember people telling me how blessed I was to have good health. I had never been sick or ever been in hospital and people would tell me how lucky I was and very often they would say to me “your health is your wealth”.
In this “Year of Faith”, it is good to stop and reflect for a moment on what it is we are talking about when we mention the faith. If you ask people, they will give you a variety of answers. This, I think, is the first mistake we are making in the Catholic Church in Ireland.
"Jesus, I have so much to tell You." And the Lord said to me with great love, Speak, My daughter. And I started to enumerate the pains of my heart; that is, how greatly concerned I am for all mankind.
Jesus is demonstrating to Saint Faustina that our special prayers to Divine Mercy are not just for the person that offers them, but are primarily intercession prayers through which He grants countless souls graces and mercy through these holy prayers.
Before the age of 15, Maureen Digan enjoyed a normal healthy life as an active teenager. Then suddenly, she was struck down with a slowly progressive but terminal disease called Lymphedema.