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June 1, 2018

JMJ

Blessed June!

Here is our Holy Father’s prayer intention for this month
dedicated to The Sacred Heart of Jesus

JUNE
Universal: Social Networks

That social networks may work towards that inclusiveness
which respects others for their differences.

May God bless your prayer!

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Jesus Wanted Brothers (& Sisters)

May 27, 2018

JMJ

The only Son of God died for us,
so that He might not remain alone.
He Who died as the only Son
did not want to remain the only Son.

For the only Son of God made many sons of God.
He bought brothers for Himself by His Blood;
He made them welcome by being rejected;
He ransomed them by being sold;
He honored them by being dishonored;
He gave them life by being put to death.
~St. Augustine (Sermo 171)

A family asked their children
if they’d rather have a new baby brother or sister–
or a puppy.
The children chose the puppy.

I can relate.
As a child, I probably would’ve chosen a kitty.
But that just shows how far I was
from the Heart of Jesus.

He didn’t want to remain an only Son!
He didn’t want to be an only Child.

And this was no slight preference!
He was so passionate about acquiring a large family
that “He bought brothers for Himself by His Blood”!
He counted no price too high to pay
for brothers (& sisters)…
for you.

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for May, 2018

May 1, 2018

JMJ

Blessed May!

Here is our Holy Father’s prayer intention for this month
dedicated to Our Lady:

MAY
Evangelization: The Mission of the Laity
That the lay faithful may fulfil their specific mission,
by responding with creativity to the challenges
that face the world today.

May God bless your prayer!

The Sacred Heart and the Church

April 22, 2018

…a husband is head of the wife,
just as Christ is the Head of the Church,
being Himself Savior of the body
~Ephesians 5:23-24

if the man is the head,
the woman is the heart,
and as he occupies the chief place in ruling,
so she may and ought to claim for herself
the chief place in love.
~Pope Pius XI, Casti Connubii, paragraph 27

From this it follows that the Church, Jesus’ Bride,
is (mystically) His Heart.

That puts a whole new perspective
on devotion to the Sacred Heart!

Man put a crown of thorns on Jesus’ head.
He received it on His Heart-
that’s where St. Margaret Mary Alacoque saw it
when Jesus revealed his Sacred Heart to her, burning with love.

The Church is crowned with thorns
(hedged about with thorns–
protected from invasion as a “garden enclosed”, cf. Song of Songs 4:12),
burning with love,
pierced with a sword.

Mary, her heart pierced with a sword at her Son’s crucifixion,
is its exemplar.

To enter into Jesus’ Sacred Heart,
to be enfolded in His love and mercy,
is to enter into His Church,
to be enfolded within Her.

This fits with the revelation of Divine Mercy as well,
the Blood and Water, Baptism and the Eucharist
(and, by extension, all the Sacraments),
flowing from Jesus’ Heart,
the Church.

Note that Jesus’ Heart is crowned–
the Church is crowned.
The Head does not reserve all glory to Himself.
He has made a gift of His Crown to His Beloved,
not as His superior,
but as His ambassador.
She bears His authority in perfect communion with Him.
As He does only what He sees His Father doing (John 5:19),
so She does only what She sees Him doing.
The two become one.

This is what it means
to be married.

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intentions for April, 2018

April 1, 2018

JMJ

Blessed April!

Here are Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for this month dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament:

APRIL
Universal:
For Those who have Responsibility
in Economic Matters

That economists may have the courage
to reject any economy of exclusion
and know how to open new paths.

May God bless your prayer!

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intentions for March, 2018

March 1, 2018

JMJ

Blessed March!

Here are our Holy Father’s prayer intentions (as found here)
for this month dedicated to St. Joseph:


MARCH
Evangelization: Formation in Spiritual Discernment

That the Church may appreciate the urgency
of formation in spiritual discernment,
both on the personal and communitarian levels.

May God bless your prayer!

St. Joseph Leads the Rosary

November 16, 2017

JMJ

Somewhere I ran across the idea of offering the rosary to St. Joseph
as a bouquet of “spiritual roses & lilies”
for him to present to his bride.

How sweet!

I love it when husbands give flowers to their wives :).

But when I think of what sort of bouquet
my rosaries end up being,
I started asking St. Joseph to help me pray
and to fix them up for me
(he is a handyman, after all)
before presenting them to Mary.

I’ve given him a lot of work to do.
He’s been very patient with me!

Recently, the idea came to me
(thank you, guardian angel!)
of letting St. Joseph lead the rosary.

How does Joseph pray the “Our Father”?
Or the “Hail Mary”?

What perspective does he have
on the Mysteries of his Son’s life?

Those are some of the best rosaries I’ve prayed!
I recommend it :).


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