FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as you know from my constant reminder we are in the JUBLIEE YEAR OF GOD’S MERCY. Pope Francis is reminding us over and over again that we must trust in God’s mercy for the forgiveness of our sins. God’s mercy is so great that even the hardest sinner turns to Jesus can and does receive God’s forgiveness. This theme was always present in the church, although maybe not preached as much earlier due to the stress of damnation for those who do not “tow the line.” This was the way to “keep the sinners in check.” Pope Francis is bringing us back to the true message of the Gospel, the Good News. However, he was not the only one through whom God wished to remind the world to trust in His mercy. St. Maria Faustina also proclaimed His mercy and through her God spoke, “I desire that the whole world know My infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy” (#687 from her diary). And again, “Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity….Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity” (#699 from her diary). What beautiful and consoling words for us less than perfect people. Below you will find her prayer of TRUST IN GOD’S MERCY. I pray it every day and I hope it brings you much comfort as it does me:
OH GOD, SHOW ME YOUR MERCY ACCORDING
TO THE COMPASSION OF THE HEART OF JESUS.
HEAR MY SIGHS AND ENTREATIES AND THE
TEARS OF A CONTRITE HEART. O OMNIPOTENT,
EVER-MERCIFUL GOD, YOUR COMPASSION IS NEVER
EXHAUSTED. ALTHOUGH MY MISERY IS AS VAST AS
THE SEA, I HAVE COMPLETE TRUST IN THE MERCY OF
THE LORD. O ETERNAL TRINITY, YET EVER GRACIOUS
GOD, YOUR COMPASSION IS WITHOUT MEASURE, AND
SO I TRUST IN THE SEA OF YOUR MERCY AND SENSE YOU,
LORD THROUGH A VEIL HOLDS ME ALOOF. MAY THE
OMNIPOTENCE OF YOUR MERCY, O LORD, BE GLORIFIED
ALL OVER THE WORLD. MAY ITS VENERATION NEVER
CEASE. PROCLAIM, MY SOUL, GOD’S MERCY WITH FERVOR (#1298 from her diary)
I pray that those words truly give each troubled heart the peace and mercy that God so desires each and every heart to have.
Just a head’s up, I will be having another LENTEN ADULT EDUCATION CLASS this spring. Beginning on Monday, February 1, and for the following 6-7 weeks, we will take a look at some major themes found in St. Paul’s letters. We cannot cover his entire writings, but we will cover some of his theology as found in certain letters. Again, the class will run from 7:00 – 8:00 PM, in the Activities Center.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - At Sunday school, the younger children were drawing pictures illustrating Biblical stories. The teacher walked by and noticed one little boy was drawing an airplane! "Oh, what Bible story are you drawing?" she asked. "This is the Flight into Egypt," the little boy answered. "See, here is Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. And this," he said, pointing to the front of the plane, "is Pontius. He's the Pilot."