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The Angels and the Divine Mercy - Part 4

The Battle around Divine Mercy

"You speak of the great mercy of the Almighty One"

Jesus explained the love of neighbor, particularly under the form of "mercy," with the parable of the Good Samaritan. This man, himself a foreigner in Israel, bowed down to the poor man who had been almost beaten to death and helped him back to health. While it is true that only one who possesses the effective means to help can practice mercy, it remains that the first principle of mercy is charity itself which is offered to all. Perfect mercy embraces both this loving kindness and the power to help; this is the reason why we find it, first of all, in God Himself, Who is love, and Who has the entire heavenly army at His disposition. He sends them out everywhere, like the apostles "into all the world" (Mk 16:15; cf. Mt 24:31) that His "will be done, on earth as it is" – with them already – "in heaven" (Mt 6:10).

God sends His angelic hosts out because He knows our need; He knows that "the dragon was angry with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus" (Rev 12:17). Consequently, "the whole of man's history has been the story of dour combat with the powers of evil, stretching, so our Lord tells us, from the very dawn of history until the last day" (GS 37; CCC 409). But, the Fathers of Vatican II added, "aided by God's grace, … [man] succeeds in achieving his own inner integrity" (ibid.), aided also by the holy Angels as God already promised to Moses: "Behold, I send an angel before you, to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place which I have prepared. Give heed to him and hearken to his voice, … then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries" (Ex 23:20-22).

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Crusade for Priests

Mother Teresa and the Priesthood

We read in the Scriptures how Jesus came to proclaim the Good News that God loves us. He wants us today to be that love. Jesus said: "You did it to Me—I was hungry, naked, homeless and lonely and you did it to Me." I call this the 'Gospel on five fingers'.

Everyone is called to love God with their whole heart and soul and mind and strength and to love their neighbor out of love for God. But on the night, before He died, Jesus gave us two great gifts: the gift of himself in the Eucharist and the gift of the priesthood to continue his living presence in the Eucharist.

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Association for Priests

"In his glory and of the Father and of the holy angels" (Lk 9:26)

Dear Brothers in the Priesthood!

Our next text on the angels in St. Luke is found in an almost confidential circumstance, namely, "when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him." He used the occasion and brought up a very important question: "Who do the crowds say that I am?" And, "who do you say that I am?" Peter answered,, he who so often had already acted as spokesman for the apostles: You are "the Messiah of God" (Lk 9: 18-20). After such a clear answer, Jesus became very open to them. He foretold His passion and resurrection and laid out the condition for everyone who wants to follow Him: "If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me…" Each disciple must be earnest in this regard, for "Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels" (Lk 9:23,26).

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The Angel of Portugal at Fatima

Fr. William Wagner, ORC

This little book retells the angel's lessons to the three shepherd children, and how they, following his guidance, grew in a short time to heroic sanctity. Thus, well prepared for the Blessed Virgin's coming at Fatima, they convincingly convey her message to those who have ears to hear. You, too, can enter this angelic school, gain new depth in your spiritual life, and so find peace, joy and purpose by conforming your life to God's salvific plan.

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Latest Prayer Book

Pray for the Sanctification of Priests

Fr. Titus Kieninger, ORC

New Prayer booklet with beautiful prayers and devotions on behalf of priests. Contains prayers and stories for a Holy Hour, a Way of the Cross, Rosary meditations and Novena meditations. (52 pages)

I lived in the company of many saintly priests for one month and learned that, though their dignity raises them above the Angels, they are nevertheless weak and fragile men. If holy priests, whom Jesus in His Gospel calls the "salt of the earth," show in their conduct their extreme need for prayers, what is to be said of those who are tepid? ~ St. therese of lisieux Story of a Soul, chapter VI

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