Monday, April 27, 2015

CARMELITE QUOTE




St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila):

...On one of these same days, the feast of the Assumption of our Lady, while at a monastery of the order of the glorious St. Dominic, I was reflecting upon the many sins I had in the past confessed in that house and many things about my wretched life. A rapture came upon  me so great that it almost took me out of myself. I sat down; it still seems to me I couldn't see the elevation or hear Mass, and afterward I had a scruple  about this. It seemed to me while in this state that I saw myself vested in a white robe of shining brightness, but at first I didn't see who was clothing me in it. Afterward I saw our Lady at my right side and my father St. Joseph at the left, for they were putting that robe on me. I was given to understand that I was now cleansed of my sins. After being clothed and while experiencing the most marvelous delight and glory, it seemed to me then that our Lady took me by the hands. She told me I made her very happy in serving the glorious St. Joseph, that I should believe that what I was striving for in regard to the monastery would be accomplished, that the Lord and those two would be greatly served in it...

The Life, Chap. 33, No. 14



Peace be with you!
Rosemarie of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, ocds

Sunday, April 12, 2015

LITANY OF MERCY



Here is a beautiful Litany of Mercy I found on YouTube. Here is the text (From the diary of St. Faustina):


Divine Mercy, gushing forth from the bosom of the Father,
I trust in You

Divine Mercy, greatest attribute of God, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, incomprehensible mystery, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, fountain gushing forth from the mystery of the Most Blessed Trinity, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, unfathomed by any intellect, human or angelic, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, from which wells forth all life and happiness,
I trust in You

Divine Mercy, better than the heavens, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, source of miracles and wonders, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, encompassing the whole universe, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, descending to earth in the Person of the Incarnate Word, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, which flowed out from the open wound of the Heart of Jesus, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, enclosed in the Heart of Jesus for us, and especially for sinners, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, unfathomed in the institution of the Sacred Host, 
I trust in You

Divine Mercy, in the founding of the Holy Church, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, in our justification through Jesus Christ, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, accompanying us through our whole life, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, embracing us especially at the hour of death, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, endowing us with immortal life, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, accompanying us every moment of our life,
I trust in You

Divine Mercy, shielding us from the fire of hell, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, in the conversion of hardened sinners, 
I trust in You

Divine Mercy, astonishment for Angels, incomprehensible to Saints, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, unfathomed in all the mysteries of God, 
I trust in You

Divine Mercy, lifting us out of every misery, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, source of our happiness and joy, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, in calling us forth from nothingness to existence,
I trust in You

Divine Mercy, embracing all the works of His hands, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, crown of all God?s handiwork, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, in which we are all immersed, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, sweet relief for anguished hearts, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, only hope of despairing souls, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, repose of hearts, peace amidst fear, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, delight and ecstasy of holy souls, I trust in You

Divine Mercy, inspiring hope against all hope, I trust in You

Prayer:

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us 
and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, 
but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.








Peace be with you!
Rosemarie of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, ocds

Sunday, April 5, 2015

CHRIST IS RISEN!

From the writings of St. John of the Cross:

God never works these marvels except when they are a necessity for believing. Lest his disciples go without merit by having sensible proof of his resurrection, he did many things to further their belief before they saw him. Mary Magdalene was first shown the empty sepulcher, and afterward the angels told her about the resurrection so she would, by hearing, believe before seeing. As St. Paul says: Faith comes through hearing (Rom. 10:7). And though she beheld him, he seemed only an ordinary man, so by the warmth of his presence he could finish instructing her in the belief she was lacking (Mt 28:1-6;Lk 24: 4-10; Jn. 20:11-18). And the women were sent to tell the disciples first; then these disciples set out with two of his followers, he inflamed their hearts in faith before allowing them to see (Lk 24: 15-32). Finally he reproved all his disciples for refusing to believe those who had told them of his resurrection (Mk 16:14). And announcing to St. Thomas that they are blessed who believe without seeing, he reprimanded him for desiring to experience the sight and touch of his wounds( Jn. 20:25, 29).

Thus God is not inclined to work miracles. When he works them he does so, as they say, out of necessity.

The Ascent of Mount Carmel,  Bk III, Chap. 31, No. 8,9 from the Collected Works of St. John of the Cross Translated by Keiran Kavanaugh, O.C.D. * Otilio Rodriguez, O.C.D.




Peace be with you!
Rosemarie of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary ocds

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

LITANY FOR HOLY WEEK


Photo: R.Massaro(C)2013 SpriritSinging
St.Joan of Arc Church Canton, Ohio


Jesus, Son of God,                                              
Have mercy on us

Jesus, Son of the Sorrowful Mother,                    
Have mercy on us

Jesus, Redeemer of the world                              
Have mercy on us

Jesus, meek and humble of heart                          
Have mercy on us

Jesus, burning with love for us                              
Have mercy on us

Jesus, abandoned by the apostles                          
Have mercy on us

Jesus, sold for thirty pieces of silver                      
Have mercy on us

Jesus, agonizing in the garden                              
Have mercy on us

Jesus, betrayed by Judas' kiss                              
Have mercy on us

Jesus, denied by Peter                                          
Have mercy on us

Jesus, mocked and scorned                                  
Have mercy on us

Jesus, condemned unjustly                                    
Have mercy on us

Jesus, bound and blindfolded                                
Have mercy on us

Jesus, struck and spit upon                                  
Have mercy on us

Jesus, crowned with thorns                                    
Have mercy on us

Jesus, scourged at the pillar                                  
Have mercy on us

Jesus, laden with the heavy cross                          
Have mercy on us

Jesus, burdened with our sins                                
Have mercy on us

Jesus, crucified between two thieves                    
Have mercy on us

Jesus, suffering on the cross                                  
Have mercy on us

Jesus, obedient unto death                                    
Have mercy on us

Jesus, who died for us                                          
Have mercy on us

Jesus, placed in the tomb                                      
Have mercy on us

Jesus, raised from the dead                                    
Have mercy on us

Jesus, salvation for all                                            
Have mercy on us

Jesus, mediator for us with the Father                    
Have mercy on us

Jesus, our peace and reconciliation                        
Have mercy on us

Jesus, fount of love and mercy                              
Have mercy on us


May all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Source: Written by Esther Potter, resident of Akron, Ohio, when she was 95 years old.






Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, OCDS