The Beautiful Heart of St. Faustina
On the 27th February 1938, St. Faustina recorded in her Diary, ‘Today, I went to confession to Father Andrasz. I did as Jesus wanted. After confession, a surge of light filled my soul. Then I heard a voice, “Because you are a child, you shall remain close to My Heart. Your simplicity is more pleasing to Me than your mortifications”. (Diary 1617)
“I learned how much we need perseverance in prayer and that our salvation often depends on such difficult prayer” (St. Faustina - Diary 157)
When We Pray
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, when speaking about prayer, has a really wonderful sentence which says that, “prayer is our response to the God, who has already entered the reality of our existence”. In other words, when we pray, we are responding to God’s loving invite, which is being continually offered to us.
Perfect Families by Fr. John Harris
Over the holidays, I met with some friends and we were talking about events during the past year. One friend, who has a very unhappy marriage, asked, ‘why people continue to tell lies about life?’ Concerned, we asked her what she meant. She said that people continue to talk about love, marriage and families, as if they are all meant to be perfect but our lived experiences tell us a very different story.
Recollection by Fr. Eamonn Burke
No time to pray
Our days are often filled with so many things to do. No matter what age you are, or stage in life, busyness seems to be the hallmark of all our lives. We might not even be filling our days with important or wholesome things, but the days just seem to waft by.
by Fr. John Harris OP
During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are all invited to go on ‘The Journey to Mercy’. Very often, mercy can seem to be something outside of ourselves. It can seem like a thing to be received, or given away. It is more true to see mercy as a journey. It is the Christian’s journey towards trust.
Many of us are all familiar with the expression, “To err is human, but to forgive is Divine.” This basically means that, as humans, we all make mistakes, but the ability to forgive those mistakes does not come naturally but is a gift from God. Christ only taught us one prayer, the “Our Father” At the heart of this prayer are the lines “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
Our Merciful Saviour, Jesus Christ, came into the world to establish His Kingdom filled with Mercy, Compassion, Joy, Justice, Peace and Love, the Kingdom of Paradise. To deepen our faith and foster holiness of life among us, He used parables to make known to us the mysteries of God’s Kingdom.
To be in control of our lives is something that we all desire. Indeed, we all spend time planning for the future and trying to ensure that we will have an enjoyable, secure and prosperous life. When we are not in control of a given situation, we tend to become anxious and worried.
When we pray for mercy what exactly are we praying for? This may seem like a strange question but it is possibly one of the most important questions being asked and argued about in the Church at this time. Does mercy change us or allow us to stay as we are?
The following are a selection of passages from the Dairy that refer to suffering. The word 'suffering' appears over 450 times in the Diary of St. Faustina and undoubtedly St. Faustina had her fair share of suffering during her earthly life.
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone
by Fr. John Harris
by Fr. John Harris
Same Old Sins...Again?
Do you get tired of asking for mercy? How often have you struggled with some sin in your life and you feel like a hypocrite going back to confession, time and time again with the same sin, asking for mercy?
As a priest, I’ve had to go into many different family situations. I’ve visited hospitals, morgues, and the homes of broken families. I’ve spoken with people who were dying and afraid, comforted parents holding their dead child in their arms, and sat with wives who discovered their husbands were cheating.
Advent is the time of a call from God to wake up because man sometimes falls asleep during his life. A sleep, unlike natural sleep, he may never wake up from but continues to sleep for evermore.
An elderly lady came to me recently and said she was “tired of being a Catholic”. She was tired of fighting with her children and grandchildren for not attending Sunday Mass or not practicing their religion.