Divine Hope in Time of Tribulation

Fr. John Mary wrote “Divine Hope in Time of Tribulation” in 2012, during a rough period for our world and our Church. At the time I found it both spiritually consoling and spiritually energizing. And I have always kept a copy of it within arm’s reach of my desk. Re-reading it helps to reorient my spiritual compass — and gives me hope.  Periodically I feel the urge to reprint it so that others can read and be helped by it.  This is one of those times. 

– The Editor

“Do not fear, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)

Tribulation

Many of you have told us how troubled you are about the situation in our country and our world today. So are we.

Evil is growing. Our beloved country is in urgent need of purification. We need renewal.

I believe these will be very trying times. They already are. So much suffering and confusion. And Jesus in the Gospel has told His faithful to prepare for persecution.

We need to be realistic about the gravity of the situation.

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Yet we must not give in to fear and discouragement. These are paradoxically times of immense hope.

The Lord has given us a Divine Light to understand what is happening today: the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ our Lordthat is the passage from His Passion and Death to His Rising in Glory and Majesty.

He has told us that we are called to follow the same path. We are sharing in His suffering, when pain increases, when all can seem dark and evil seems triumphant and the Church overwhelmed.

This is very hard. But this apparent triumph of evil is brief. It is not the definitive defeat of God’s children, but their renewal, their transformation. We are sharing in His Cross. So as to share forever in His Victory.

The forces of evil are very powerful and sophisticated. Yet what will win this victory is not human means: political, financial, military or technological. No. It will be God’s own action. When human hope fails, divine hope prevails.

Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more” [ Rom 5:20].

The Lord has great designs of justice and mercy for our wounded world.

This is the time we were created for.

This is the mission we were chosen for.

We are blessed to live at this critical time.

So “let us lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely,…looking to Jesus …,who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. [He 12:1-2] This is the time to live our Christian vocation as never before, turning to Jesus and setting aside all that distracts us from Him.

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So what are we to do? What is our role?

Above all, to trust in Him.  

Faith and trust in God is what the Lord requested so insistently through His revelations to St. Faustina.

“This is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith.” [1Jn 5:4]

If we sense our weakness in the face of such a struggle, that is good. For our hope is not in our own power, but His. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”[1 Cor 12:9]  Let us multiply our acts of trust in Him: “Jesus, we trust in YOU.”

With our Blessed Mother, Mother of Mercy, Mother of Divine Hope, we can thus live with serenity these times, knowing that “God makes all things work for the good for those who love Him.”[Rom 8:28]

“Do not fear, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom.”

In His Mercy
Fr. John Mary

Susannah receives her blessed medal from Mother Magdalene, marking the beginning of the two-year novitiate.

Angel Knelt Down; Susannah Stood Up.

When a person enters the novitiate they receive a new name, marking their entrance into a new life.  Last weekend, a simple but lovely ceremony welcomed Angel Smith’s entrance into the MDM novitiate as a Consecrated Laywoman. We wondered what her new name would be. Archangel perhaps? No, it is Susannah of Jesus, a beautiful name that rhymes with Hosannah.

In his remarks at the beginning of the ceremony, Fr. John Mary gave a short explanation of the little understood role of the Consecrated Laity who give themselves to God in prayer and service. Using the image of the Body of Christ, Fr. John Mary likened the vocation of the Consecrated Laity to the hands and arms that unite to clasp God’s children to His Heart.  One arm represents prayer and intercession, the other arm is that of practical visible charity.  Both are fruits of His Divine Love.

Using another metaphor, he described the Consecrated Lay members as a bridge that links  what is consecrated and sacred with the daily world.  This bridge helps to protect what is sacred, while at the same time helping the secular  world to be flooded and illuminated with holiness.  It is a difficult mission in that they try to be rooted in God, in all aspects of their life, while living closer to the world and its concerns.  In this role they seek  to protect the Mission that God has asked of the  Religious members of the community, while also being very visible members of the Community who manifest that God’s grace and sovereignty overshadow even the most human and mundane activities. They are God’s bridge, and He stretches them between the two worlds to serve His children on both sides.

We ask for your prayers for Susannah as she begins to live this new stage of the life to which God has called her.

Outdoor Retreat for Young Men

Saturday Morning, June 13

At the Mission of Divine Mercy

For young men ages 15-17. 

PLEASE NOTE: The hike begins at 8:45 am.  If you are not here on time,  you will not be able to participate.

All retreatants must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian. If you do not have a waiver you will not be able to participate.

This retreat will be conducted almost entirely outdoors and with respect to social distancing, and in accordance with government and archdiocesan policies.

This retreat is also “weather permitting.” If the retreat is cancelled due to forecasted weather conditions, you will be notified a day in advance. 

[NOTE TO PARENTS & GUARDIANS: Please do not try to force anyone to come.]

Cost: $10 per person

Schedule

SATURDAY

8:30 AM – REGISTRATION

8:45 AM – A TWO-MILE SILENT HIKE WITH BRIEF TEACHINGS ALONG THE WAY ABOUT SILENT PRAYER

10:15 AM – PREPARATION FOR CONFESSION

10:45 AM – OPPORTUNITY FOR THE SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION. THIS IS OPTIONAL, AND NO ONE WILL BE FORCED TO PARTICIPATE

11:30 AM – RETREAT CONCLUDES

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