Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Were not our hearts burning within us?

Today's gospel is a very special one for us who have gone through any of Fr. Michael Gaitley's "Hearts Afire" retreats. I know that as I went through each of the retreats. 33 Days to Morning Glory, Consoling the Heart of Jesus and Wisdom and Works of Mercy I truly felt my own heart "burning within me."

That is the reason the entire process is called Hearts Afire Parish-based Programs: they do in fact cause our hearts to burn with love as we come to know our Lord better and serve Him more faithfully.

Now is a great time to start a new Hearts Afire retreat. The next start date for 33 Days is April 10 (consecrating on May 13). Many parishes are offering the 10 week retreats Consoling the Heart of Jesus and Wisdom and Works of Mercy during April and May. Summer time is also a great time to offer one of the retreats as people (in general) are more open to restoration/recreation/retreat during the summer days.

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God Bless You!

GospelLK 24:13-35

That very day, the first day of the week,
two of Jesus’ disciples were going
to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
He asked them, 
“What are you discussing as you walk along?”
They stopped, looking downcast.
One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply,
“Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem
who does not know of the things
that have taken place there in these days?”
And he replied to them, “What sort of things?”
They said to him, 
“The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene,
who was a prophet mighty in deed and word
before God and all the people,
how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over
to a sentence of death and crucified him.
But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel;
and besides all this,
it is now the third day since this took place.
Some women from our group, however, have astounded us:
they were at the tomb early in the morning 
and did not find his Body;
they came back and reported
that they had indeed seen a vision of angels
who announced that he was alive.
Then some of those with us went to the tomb
and found things just as the women had described,
but him they did not see.”
And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are!
How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things
and enter into his glory?”
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
he interpreted to them what referred to him
in all the Scriptures.
As they approached the village to which they were going,
he gave the impression that he was going on farther.
But they urged him, “Stay with us,
for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
So he went in to stay with them.
And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
but he vanished from their sight.
Then they said to each other,
“Were not our hearts burning within us
while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem
where they found gathered together
the Eleven and those with them who were saying,
“The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!”
Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way
and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Monday, March 7, 2016

New Book by Fr. Gaitley

Fr. Michael Gaitley has recently released perhaps his best book yet: 
33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy.  Currently it is available only through the Marian Fathers, 

CLICK HERE to get your copy for $14.95

You can read the first 7 days online CLICK HERE for links

I highly recommend this book. It teaches us about Trust, about Mary's Yes, and about St Therese and her offering of merciful love. Many people began reading March 1, and will consecrate to Divine Mercy on Divine Mercy Sunday, in this year of mercy April 3, 2016. You can still catch up with the reading, by getting a copy of the book and reading the first 7 days on line, see links above.