Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Irish Bishops call for Prayer for Peace in Iraq on August 15th

Cardinal Seán Brady, President of the Irish Episcopal Conference, has asked parishes to pray for peace in Iraq especially on 15 August, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

“The horrifying reports of the human suffering of the people of Northern Iraq are heart-rending.  The violence and bloodshed being carried out against people because of their religion is truly shocking.  Christian communities are being targeted in a particular way, as people are forced to flee from their homes because of the violence that has caused immense harm.

Following the calls for peace by Pope Francis, I ask all Catholic parishes in a particular way on this coming Friday, 15 August, the Feast of the Assumption, to offer special prayers for the people of Iraq and for peace in the wider Middle East.  The Feast of the Assumption reminds us of the dignity of the human person.  In 1950, five years after the end of the Second World War, the dogma of the Assumption was proclaimed, something which underlined the sanctity of the person, body and soul.  I ask that people offer their Friday penances in radical solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Iraq.

It is important that concrete humanitarian steps are taken in order to respond to the desperate situation of the Iraqi Christians and to protect the religious freedom of all minorities.  The solidarity that we can offer those people is even more important in these days.

I pray that Our Lady, Queen of Peace, may intercede for the suffering people of Iraq at this time.”


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Feast of the Holy Family - Dec 29th

In his Apostolic Exhortation, Familiaris consortio, 60, Bl. Pope John Paul said:

“Do you teach your children the Christian prayers? Do you prepare them, in conjunction with the priests, for the sacraments that they receive when they are young – Confession, Communion and Confirmation? Do you encourage them, when they are sick, to think of Christ suffering, to invoke the aid of the Blessed Virgin and the saints? Do you say the family Rosary together…? Do you pray with your children, with the whole domestic community, at least sometimes? Your example of honesty in thought and action, joined to some common prayer, is a lesson for life and an act of worship of singular value. In this way you bring peace to your homes: Pax huic domui. Remember, it is thus that you build up the Church.”

In 2002, Pope John Paul II stated in his Angelus talk of December 29, “Every Christian family is called to show “convincingly that it is possible to live marriage fully in keeping with God's plan and with the true good of the human person - of the spouses, and of the children who are more fragile” (Novo Millennio ineunte, n. 47).

“A united family that follows these principles will more easily overcome the trials and difficulties it encounters on its way. In the faithful love of the parents, a gift ceaselessly to foster and safeguard, children can find the best conditions for their growth, helped by Jesus who “increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man” (Lk 2:52).”

Bl. John Paul II will be canonised on the Feast of Divine Mercy 27th April 2014.  

Friday, October 4, 2013

Feast of St. Faustina 5th October 2013 - 75th Anniversary of her death

'Mission of Mercy' to the World

By Dan Valenti (Oct 5, 2012) (The Divine

October 5, 2013, will mark the 75th anniversary of the death of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938), the handpicked "secretary" Jesus directed to record and spread His message of Divine Mercy. It was a call she undertook in obedience to God's will despite great personal hardship and suffering. As we prepare to celebrate this diamond jubilee of her entrance into eternal life, it brings to mind the question of her legacy: What has St. Faustina left us by fulfilling her call to share this message of mercy with the world?

She bequeathed a spiritual legacy that has, in these past 74 years, affected for the better not only the Catholic Church but also our modern world in great need of God's mercy. Therein lies the significance of Divine Mercy: It is an urgent message of hope and peace for the world in our time. As Jesus told the saint, "Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy" (Diary of St. Faustina, 300).

Saint Faustina knew only too well what Jesus was ask- ing of her. He was asking her — an obscure Polish nun in the 1930s with little formal education — not only to record His revelations of mercy in a diary but also to share them with the world. How could she possibly fulfill this task?

She grew to understand that her mission could only be accomplished through her complete trust in Jesus and His mercy. She even recorded in her Diary on one occasion, "I nestled close to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus with so much trust that even if I had the sins of all the damned weighing on my conscience, I would not have doubted God's mercy" (1318).

Above article continued here: The Divine Mercy.Org

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Pray for Syria at this time of great great suffering.

Our Lady of Mercy pray for us and for all peoples in Syria.  Jesus Divine Mercy have mercy on us and on the whole world. 

Pray for Persecuted Christians

Link Youtube: Pray for Persecuted Christians in the Middle East

O Blood and Water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a Fount of Mercy for us, I Trust in You.