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April 9, 2018, 11:33 pm

"Rejoice and Be Glad": Pope Francis' Letter on Holiness

The Vatican - Pope Francis has recently published his apostolic exhortation "Gaudete et Exsultate" on the call to holiness. This 177 paragraphed papal letter explores the many aspects of holiness in our time. First our Holy Father explores the contribution of the saints and their witness among us, as well as the profound call to become a saint through such subtitles as "The Saint Next Door", "The Lord Calls", "For You Too", "Your Mission in Christ", Activity That Sanctifies", and "More Alive, More Human".

The Second Chapter explores two subtle enemies of Holiness such as Gnosticism and pelagianism. He explores many beautiful sources of "Light of the Master" through a discussion and exploration of the Beatitudes and concludes Chapter 3 with "The Great Criterion of the Spiritual and Corporal works of Mercy. He provides insight into the social needs and concerns of our time and gives a detailed rendering of "The Signs of Holiness in Today's World" in Chapter 4. He encourages "Perseverance, Patience and Meekness", "Joy and a Sense of Humour", "Boldness and Passion", and the importance of "Community" and "Constant Prayer".

Chapter 5 discusses "Spiritual Combat, Vigilance and Discernment". He ends his exhortation by requesting that these reflections be crowned by Mary because she has lived the Beatitudes, rejoiced in the presence of God, treasured all things in her heart and was pierced by the sword. She teaches us the way to holiness and she walks ever at our side. She consoles, frees and sanctifies us. Mary does not need us to tell her what is happening in our lives with lengthy explanations. All we need do is whisper, time and time again: "Hail Mary...!"

This summary is shared to encourage you to explore this most blessed Papal letter through prayerful meditation and discernment. It can be found on The Vatican website. Throughout its pages Pope Francis encourages us to continue our fervent longing to be saints.

Lord, continue to bless our journey in You and prompt our minds and hearts to always do what is pleasing and acceptable in your eyes. May all we experience and do be for your honor, glory and praise. In thanksgiving we pray: Thy perfect will be done. Amen

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April 9, 2018, 10:51 pm

"Rejoice and Be Glad": Pope Francis' Letter on Holiness

The Vatican - Pope Francis shared his apostolic Exhortation "Gaudete et Exsultate" today on the call to holiness in today's world. His 177 paragraphed letter gives the faithful the background and virtues of holiness, wisdom of the saints and truth of the Church which help guide us on the pathways of holiness and how to become living saints.

Pope Francis explores our call to holiness, the saints who encourage and accompany us, the Lord's call to holiness, your mission in Christ, and the role of prayer and action which sanctifies us and empowers us to be more alive and more human. His exhortation explores subtle enemies of holiness and reveals the light of the master through a detailed discussion of the Beatitudes. There is great emphasis on the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, which he calls "The Great Criterion". He raises many social concerns of our

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April 8, 2018, 10:37 am

Celebrate Divine Mercy!

Feast of Divine Mercy 2018 - Let us celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy by living God's Mercy in our lives. Let us share the grace of God's Mercy, by being a merciful servant of God, fully present to God and to Mankind. Let us first receive God's Mercy so we can give it away to others.

Today is a special day of grace when God's Mercy is showered upon the whole earth. Let us not only receive this special blessing, but become what we have received. Let us be Mercy incarnate. Let us open our hearts to the love of God and love of neighbor. Let us rejoice in the peace and risen presence of Jesus' among us.

Today there is so much need for love and compassion in the world. Let us make a difference by sharing the love we have received from the Risen Lord. Let us be merciful as our Heavenly Father is merciful.
Let us share Jesus' peace and love with everyone we meet.

"Eternal Father, we offer You, the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of your dear Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have Mercy on us and on the whole world. - from The Divine Mercy Chaplet

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