Intention: "Today bring to Me THE MEEK AND HUMBLE SOULS AND THE SOULS OF LITTLE CHILDREN, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. Only the humble soul is capable of receiving My grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence."
Prayer: Most Merciful Jesus, You yourself have said, "Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart." Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all heaven into ecstasy and they are the heavenly Father's favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek souls, upon humble souls, and upon little children who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: Bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.
Intention: "Today bring to Me THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO HAVE SEPARATED THEMSELVES FROM MY CHURCH, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the Church, My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion."
Prayer: Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son's Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.
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Excerpts from Pope Francis Easter Monday Greetings
“Christ is risen” he said in Greek and Italian. He used Greek because this week too the Oriental Churches celebrated Jesus’ resurrection on the same day as the Churches of the West - April 20.
“Christ is Risen, and he is with us here in this square today”, he told these pilgrims from many lands, including his native Argentina. “We can exchange Easter greetings throughout this period because this week is as one day”, he added.
“We share a joy, a joy full of wonder, a joy that comes from within” because Jesus has risen from the dead, he told them.
“We share the joy of the disciples to whom the women had brought the news that ‘Jesus is risen; we have seen him’”, he said.
“Let us experience this joy, and let us radiate this joy in our lives, in our thoughts, in our looks, our deeds and our words”, he urged those listening in the square under a clear blue sky and bright sunshine.
“Would that we were so radiant!” he remarked. He assured them that such radiant joy “is not make-up”; on the contrary “it’s something deep inside, from a heart immersed in this joy, like that of Mary Magdalene who wept for the loss of her Lord and could not believe her eyes on seeing him risen from the dead”.
Pope Francis explained that the person who has this experience “becomes a witness of the Resurrection of Jesus, because in a certain sense he has risen, she has risen, and so is able to bring that ‘ray’ of the light of the Resurrection into the various human situations: into those happy ones, rendering them more beautiful and preserving them from egoism; and into those sorrowful situations, bringing serenity and hope.”
He also suggested that they would do well “to think of the joy of Mary, the mother of Jesus” who first experienced deep sorrow at the passion and crucifixion of her Son, but “did not lose hope” and later experienced that “profound inner joy” at his resurrection from the dead, seeing it as “the expression of the supreme love of God”.
He recalled that after going through the experience of the death and resurrection of her Son, the heart of Mary became “a wellspring of peace, hope, compassion and mercy.” She has become “the mother of all hopes, the mother of the disciples and of the Church”, because “She died with him, and she has risen with him”. He encouraged the pilgrims to ask her “to introduce us to that joy of Easter”, by reciting this festive season’s hymn to Mary - “Regina Coeli Laetari” (Queen of Heaven Rejoice!”)
Intention: "Today bring to Me THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD AND THOSE WHO DO NOT YET KNOW ME. I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforted My Heart. Immerse them in the ocean of My mercy."
Prayer: Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in God and of those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in You, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.
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Intention: "Today bring to Me ALL DEVOUT AND FAITHFUL SOULS, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. The souls brought Me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were that drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness."
Prayer: Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy, You impart Your graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from It. We beg this grace of You by that most wondrous love for the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless mercy for endless ages.
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Intention: "Today bring to Me THE SOULS OF PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS, and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave Me strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them as through channels My mercy flows out upon mankind."
Prayer: Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men and women consecrated to Your service,* that they may perform worthy works of mercy; and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard--upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end. Amen.
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