Friday, June 11, 2021

† “An eyewitness has testified...


Saint Said:
JUNE 11, 2021
"If you are suffering from a bad man's injustice, forgive him—lest there be two bad men."
— St. Augustine

"My God, you know infinitely better than I how little I love you. I would not love you at all except for your grace. It is your grace that has opened the eyes of my mind and enabled them to see your glory. It is your grace that has touched my heart and brought upon it the influence of what is so wonderfully beautiful and fair . . . O my God, whatever is nearer to me than you, things of this earth, and things more naturally pleasing to me, will be sure to interrupt the sight of you, unless your grace interferes. Keep my eyes, my ears, my heart from any such miserable tyranny. Break my bonds—raise my heart. Keep my whole being fixed on you. Let me never lose sight of you; and, while I gaze on you, let my love of you grow more and more everyday."
— St.. John Henry Cardinal Newman, p. 44-5
Everyday Meditations



The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated on the octave day of the feast of Corpus Christi. In the 17th century Jesus appeared in a vision to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque asking her to request that this feast be celebrated in honor of his Sacred Heart in reparation for the ingratitude of mankind toward the sacrifice of his love on the Cross. Pope Pius IX extended the feast of the Sacred Heart to the universal Church in 1856. The imagery of Christ pointing to his heart, on fire with love, signifies his immense and infinite love for humanity which took Him to the Cross to die for our salvation. The Sacred Heart of Jesus desires that all mankind draw close to Him in love and trust. Today this devotion, given to the faithful by Our Lord himself, is among the most popular of the Catholic Church.

"How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to thy word. With my whole heart I seek thee; let me not wander from thy commandments! I have laid up thy word in my heart, that I might not sin against thee."
Psalm 119:9-11


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St. Barnabas (1st c.) was a Jew from the island of Cyprus who was given the name Joseph at birth. He is mentioned by name in the New Testament. A convert to the Christian faith in Jerusalem, he sold his property and preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles alongside St. Paul the Apostle and St. Mark the Evangelist. He was given the surname Barnabas, meaning 'Son of Exhortation' and was highly esteemed among the Christian leaders at Jerusalem and Antioch, almost ranked among the twelve Apostles themselves. St. Luke said of him, "...for he was a good man, full of the Holy Ghost and of Faith." It was Barnabas who vouched for the genuineness of St. Paul's conversion and had him accepted as a Christian by the other Apostles. Barnabas was the cousin of St. Mark, and Barnabas famously disputed with St. Paul over bringing Mark along on their missionary journey, which caused the two famed preachers to part ways and travel separately as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. They were later reconciled. Barnabas was eventually stoned to death around the year 61 A.D. His feast day is celebrated on June 11.


Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Reading I Hos 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9

Thus says the LORD:
When Israel was a child I loved him,

out of Egypt I called my son.
Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk,

who took them in my arms;
I drew them with human cords,

with bands of love;
I fostered them like one

who raises an infant to his cheeks;
Yet, though I stooped to feed my child,

they did not know that I was their healer.
My heart is overwhelmed,

my pity is stirred.
I will not give vent to my blazing anger,

I will not destroy Ephraim again;
For I am God and not a man,

the Holy One present among you;

I will not let the flames consume you.

Responsorial Psalm Is 12:2-3, 4, 5-6.

R. (3) You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
God indeed is my savior;

I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,

and he has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water

at the fountain of salvation.
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;

among the nations make known his deeds,

proclaim how exalted is his name.
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;

let this be known throughout all the earth.
Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,

for great in your midst

is the Holy One of Israel!
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

Reading II Eph 3:8-12, 14-19

Brothers and sisters:
To me, the very least of all the holy ones, this grace was given,
to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of Christ,
and to bring to light for all what is the plan of the mystery
hidden from ages past in God who created all things,
so that the manifold wisdom of God
might now be made known through the church
to the principalities and authorities in the heavens.
This was according to the eternal purpose
that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,
in whom we have boldness of speech
and confidence of access through faith in him.
For this reason I kneel before the Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory
to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self,
and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;
that you, rooted and grounded in love,
may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones
what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge,
so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Alleluia Mt 11:29ab

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Take my yoke upon you, says the Lord;
and learn from me, for I am meek and gentle of heart.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.


1 Jn 4:10b

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
God first loved us
and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 19:31-37

Since it was preparation day,
in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath,
for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one,
the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken
and they be taken down.
So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first
and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus.
But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,
they did not break his legs,
but one soldier thrust his lance into his side,
and immediately blood and water flowed out.
An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true;
he knows that he is speaking the truth,
so that you also may come to believe.
For this happened so that the Scripture passage might be fulfilled:

Not a bone of it will be broken.
And again another passage says:

They will look upon him whom they have pierced.
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Daily Meditation: John 19:31-37

They will look upon him whom they have pierced. (John 19:37)

Today we celebrate the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a devotion rooted in John's Gospel, where blood and water flowed from Jesus' side at his crucifixion. Gazing at the pierced heart of Christ, we marvel at his boundless love that led him to offer himself on the cross for us.

Although devotion to the wounded heart of Jesus existed as early as the twelfth century, it was in 1677 that a young Visitation nun, Margaret Mary Alacoque, experienced a vision of Jesus and his Sacred Heart. "I could plainly see his heart," she wrote, "pierced and bleeding, yet there were flames, too, coming from it and a crown of thorns around it. He told me to behold his heart which so loved humanity. Then he seemed to take my very heart from me and place it there in his heart. In return he gave me back part of his flaming heart."

Like St. Margaret Mary, countless people devote themselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus today. When we contemplate his Sacred Heart, we can come in touch with the powerful, consuming love that Jesus has for us. We can bring him our burdens and worries, and he can give us insight into how to handle them. Seeing how much he suffered for us can soften our hearts and open us to the grace to turn away from the sins that we can't seem to overcome. When we look upon his Sacred Heart and confess our failures to love, he gives us his own heart of love for our brothers and sisters.

Today, let's be still before a crucifix. Let's look upon our Savior, whose heart was pierced for us, and the blood and water that flowed from his side. Let's contemplate the love that also flows from his heart and touches us and the whole world. Let's ask the Spirit to make this love real to us today—in our loneliness, in our woundedness, in our sinful self-concern. And let's ask Jesus to help us to receive his heart of love for all the people we will meet today.

"Jesus, I give my heart to you. Please give me your burning heart of love, that I may do all things for love of you."

Hosea 11:1, 3-4, 8-9
(Psalm) Isaiah 12:2-6
Ephesians 3:8-12, 14-19


"Yet, though I stooped to feed my child,

they did not know that I was their healer.
My heart is overwhelmed,

my pity is stirred."
Glory be to Our Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


We pray in the Psalms: "God indeed is my savior; I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD, and he has been my savior. With joy you will draw water at the fountain of salvation."
Soon we will find ourselves at the side of the fountain...let us go to our Lord.


In the Holy Gospel according to John, we heard about the crucifixion of our Lord:
"... when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,
they did not break his legs,
but one soldier thrust his lance into his side,
and immediately blood and water flowed out."
Christian legend has it that Longinus was a blind Roman centurion who thrust the spear into Christ's side at the crucifixion. Some of Jesus's blood fell upon his eyes and he was healed. Upon this miracle Longinus believed in Jesus.
What a peculiar story, that a blind man knew how to stab the Lord perfectly in His heart. Even though, this may not be true, it is true that a blind person causes damage to the heart of Christ, the Body of Christ.

But what about you and me? If we want to taste and see, we must come to the cross of the eternal fountain. We must be there to be baptized in water and blood, of the Lamb of God.
This was the last wound of Christ, and it dealt straight to the heart. And the heart bleeds. Even to this day, in Eucharistic miracles, the heart bleeds, the Eucharist turns into the flesh of a suffering 33 year old Man's heart, and it is alive, and it bleeds. You will not hear this on headline news, just like in some countries they don't put out real news of atrocities. Yet, the greatest atrocity has happened, an infliction into God's own heart.

It is a message for us all to reckon with. The blind person pierces the heart. Like fools we strike, out of complete ignorance with our sins, and we goof, and repent, we mess up, and try to return. This is why the Sacred Heart bleeds....because He said mercy will flow from His heart forever. For a fool like you and me to be able to partake of forgiveness. Let us take one another to the Sacred Heart that is on fire of love for the world.
Your heart will burn, and this will be a sign that the Holy Spirit is alive.
Your tears will flow, and this will be a sign that your eyes have been healed.
You will not be able to speak because of the knot in your throat, and this is a sign to silence, and let Him be who He is.
You will lose all your energy and time and place in the world...and He will manifest Himself alone with You.

I was found at the side of Christ in a vision at His side in Church during Divine Mercy Hour with men in prayer.

I can attest to what I have just said is true.
Father God endured everything like a true Shepherd, and Father will always do.

It is our duty to Love Him all the more, with a burning, and ardor fervor for the Sacred Heart that speaks, a crowned heart, a crowned King that Loves, one that bleeds when we are careless.

During a first Friday adoration, once again, I saw angels guarding Christ, but once again, I was allowed to perceive a secret, and I saw what and why they where Guarding our Lord in Heaven...He had a wound that was trying to heal...
The body of Christ must heal.

Let us pray:
Mother of God, pray for the healing of the body of Christ.
Mother of Jesus, pray for us, for the healing of the body of Christ.
Mother with the Holy Spirit, pray for us, and heal the Body of Christ.

from your brother in Christ our Lord,


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Romans 8:28
28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,1 for those who are called according to his purpose.

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