Tuesday, March 14, 2023

† ".I Will Pay You Back .... "


†Saint Quote
"What does Jesus Christ do in the Eucharist? It is God who, as our Savior, offers himself each day for us to his Father's justice. If you are in difficulties and sorrows, he will comfort and relieve you. If you are sick, he will either cure you or give you strength to suffer so as to merit Heaven. If the devil, the world, and the flesh are making war upon you, he will give you the weapons with which to fight, to resist, and to win victory. If you are poor, he will enrich you with all sorts of riches for time and eternity. Let us open the door of his sacred and adorable Heart, and be wrapped about for an instant by the flames of his love, and we shall see what a God who loves us can do. O my God, who shall be able to comprehend?"
–St. John Vianney

†Today's Meditation
"My daughter, love has brought Me here, and love keeps Me here. My daughter, if you knew what great merit and reward is earned by one act of pure love for Me, you would die of joy. I am saying this that you may constantly unite yourself with Me through love, for this is the goal of the life of your soul. This act is an act of the will. Know that a pure soul is humble. When you lower and empty yourself before My majesty, I then pursue you with My graces and make use of My omnipotence to exalt you."
—St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, 576

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Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska - Divine Mercy in My Soul

†Daily Verse
"Persevere in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving; at the same time, pray for us, too, that God may open a door to us for the word, to speak of the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison, that I may make it clear, as I must speak. Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you know how you should respond to each one."
–Colossians 4:2-6


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St. Matilda of Saxony

St. Matilda (895-968 A.D.) was born in Prussia, the daughter of a Count, and was raised and educated in a monastery by her grandmother, who was the abbess. A political marriage was arranged for her to Henry I, the future king of Germany. Henry and Matilda enjoyed a happy and blessed marriage. As the Queen of Germany, Matilda became the mother of five important historical figures: Holy Roman Emperor Otto I; Henry, Duke of Bavaria; St. Bruno, Archbishop of Cologne; Gerberga, wife of King Louis IV of France; and Hedwig, mother of Hugh Capet. Matilda was a holy and virtuous woman known for her generosity to the poor. The king adored his queen and attributed his success in battle to her prayers. They reigned seventeen years, and their eldest son succeeded the throne and became Emperor Otto I. After her husband's death, Matilda's two eldest sons chastised her for her generous almsgiving. St. Matilda then took the possessions left to her by her husband and turned them over to her sons, and retired from court. Her sons immediately suffered misfortune, which was attributed to their poor treatment of their holy mother. In order to repair this injustice and regain God's favor, St. Matilda was begged to return to court, which she did, forgiving her sons for their ill will. She continued to help the poor, build churches, and support many monasteries. St. Matilda was a celebrated monarch and was venerated by the people immediately after her death. Her feast day is March 14th.


Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent

Reading 1 Dn 3:25, 34-43

Azariah stood up in the fire and prayed aloud:

"For your name's sake, O Lord, do not deliver us up forever,
or make void your covenant.
Do not take away your mercy from us,
for the sake of Abraham, your beloved,
Isaac your servant, and Israel your holy one,
To whom you promised to multiply their offspring
like the stars of heaven,
or the sand on the shore of the sea.
For we are reduced, O Lord, beyond any other nation,
brought low everywhere in the world this day
because of our sins.
We have in our day no prince, prophet, or leader,
no burnt offering, sacrifice, oblation, or incense,
no place to offer first fruits, to find favor with you.
But with contrite heart and humble spirit
let us be received;
As though it were burnt offerings of rams and bullocks,
or thousands of fat lambs,
So let our sacrifice be in your presence today
as we follow you unreservedly;
for those who trust in you cannot be put to shame.
And now we follow you with our whole heart,
we fear you and we pray to you.
Do not let us be put to shame,
but deal with us in your kindness and great mercy.
Deliver us by your wonders,
and bring glory to your name, O Lord."

Responsorial Psalm Ps 25:4-5ab, 6 and 7bc, 8-9

R. (6a) Remember your mercies, O Lord.
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior.
R. Remember your mercies, O Lord.
Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
and your kindness are from of old.
In your kindness remember me,
because of your goodness, O LORD.
R. Remember your mercies, O Lord.
Good and upright is the LORD;
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
he teaches the humble his way.
R. Remember your mercies, O Lord.

Verse Before the Gospel Jl 2:12-13

Even now, says the LORD,
return to me with your whole heart;
for I am gracious and merciful.

Gospel Mt 18:21-35

Peter approached Jesus and asked him,
"Lord, if my brother sins against me,
how often must I forgive him?
As many as seven times?"
Jesus answered, "I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.
That is why the Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who decided to settle accounts with his servants.
When he began the accounting,
a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount.
Since he had no way of paying it back,
his master ordered him to be sold,
along with his wife, his children, and all his property,
in payment of the debt.
At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said,
'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.'
Moved with compassion the master of that servant
let him go and forgave him the loan.
When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants
who owed him a much smaller amount.
He seized him and started to choke him, demanding,
'Pay back what you owe.'
Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him,
'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.'
But he refused.
Instead, he had him put in prison
until he paid back the debt.
Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened,
they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master
and reported the whole affair.
His master summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked servant!
I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.
Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant,
as I had pity on you?'
Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers
until he should pay back the whole debt.
So will my heavenly Father do to you,
unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart."


Daily Meditation: Matthew 18:21-35

Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him. (Matthew 18:27)

When artists plan their paintings, they think of how to situate every shape and shadow to draw viewers' eyes exactly where they want them to focus. At the same time, artists will include other details that help tell a larger story. Today's Gospel is one example of this: Jesus' parable draws our attention at first to the unmerciful servant who seems to be at the center of the action. But there is another figure in the story who is even more important: the king, who shows the servant great kindness and mercy.

What can we say about this king? He responded with compassion to the servant who owed him an immense amount of money. He didn't just give the man more time to pay it back; he wiped the slate clean (Matthew 18:27). As we later learn, this merciful king is like God, who wants his mercy toward us to be an example of how we should treat others.

That's easier said than done, right? We might set out to be forgiving, but it's hard to follow through when someone hurts us, knowingly or not. It's even more difficult to forgive the same person repeatedly if he or she hurts us repeatedly (Matthew 18:21-22). Yet as we get to know God's character and reflect on his mercy toward us, we might find that his compassion moves us over time to become more merciful to the people around us.

One of the best ways we learn about God's mercy is by reflecting on the Scriptures. Take today's responsorial psalm, for example. The psalmist uses words like "compassion," "goodness," and "kindness" to describe the Lord (Psalm 25:6, 7).

Today, choose one of these words and reflect on it. Have you experienced God's compassion or goodness or kindness for yourself? How are you experiencing it now? Let these experiences stay with you and help soften your heart each day so that it becomes more like his—a heart full of mercy and always ready to forgive and wipe the slate clean!

"Father, I want to be merciful as you are merciful. Give me a heart like yours."

Daniel 3:25, 34-43


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From today's 1st Holy Scripture:
"Do not let us be put to shame,
but deal with us in your kindness and great mercy.
Deliver us by your wonders,
and bring glory to your name, O Lord."

Our Lord is unbelievable, Amen? Haha! Sounds funny, but that is something I can hardly wrap my head around. He makes Himself believable only to those who care to venture into belief.
I can show you a bloody Eucharistic miracle, with scientific evidence of His physical heart tissue alive this day, cells alive and dividing, physically impossible, but who would care to believe?

You see, you can read the entire bible, and still, in the end, it matters not, unless, you choose to believe, and the same goes for the Holy Communion of Saints and Angels, the angelic principalities that exist at this very moment. So, yes, He is unbelievable, but not all, and not to everyone. And what brought about this whole talk? His mercy. His precious mercy is unfathomable to me. It is impossible to have this much mercy for the whole world and billions of souls that care to venture to Him. And what if each soul carries burdens and sins to the amount of thousands of years of punishment each? There has to be a merciful God! And there is! But only to those who care to come to Him for mercy, to humbly prostrate and give and live their lives for Him and with Him and through Him.


We prayGood and upright is the LORD;
thus he shows sinners the way. He guides the humble to justice, he teaches the humble his way.
Remember your mercies, O Lord today:


In the Gospel today we heard our Lord:
"That is why the Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the accounting..."
If you listen to protestants, those who declare themselves better than Catholics, (Catholics are the original Christians), the protestants have decided that there is no accounting. There is "nothing to pay, for the Lord has paid all!" is their new declaration.
Well, yes and no. Yes He has died for us all, so that we may live and believe. But not all live for Him or believe in Him. And those of us who live for Him, well, there is a reckoning, an account of the good and the bad we do, we call this sin.
The only thing we can agree on with the protestants, well, most, is that we are ultimately saved by the grace of God.
But in the meantime, bad decisions bring dire ramifications for your generation and future generations, to the tune of thousands of issues per person, per month, per day even! How far does one act of love go? It can save the world.
See Christ on the cross.

See God on the cross!
See Love bleeding saving waters from His Precious Heart.
Divine Mercy is born on earth.
And this mercy is to be taken in and you are to give it to the world. It is not for you to keep.
If you have been forgiven, then you have much to forgive too.
Are you worried about what people owe you? Forgive them. Watch you become light.


Lord, I pray we can love Your Divine Mercy, and have the whole world take a knee at three. At the Holy Trinity. Every day, to remember that precious hour, of that precious moment, when Your heart issued forth the most unbelievable gift of grace and mercy from Heaven. What an amazing feat with eternal ramifications, undeserved we are, yet mesmerizing. You are an awesome God!


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Psalm 4:8

8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep;

for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.


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