Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Saint Faustina Conductor of Pope John Paul II Bullet Train to Heaven!

We Catholics who celebrate the Communion of Saints
celebrate the addition of Pope John Paul II to this condition. We Catholics believe

that all people who die and go to Heaven are saints with a "small case s" and
are in communion with God. We also believe that they spend
eternity praising, praying and worshiping God, the Father. Therefore, our family members who are in Heaven live on as part of our religious family in this Heavenly Dimension.
Just as we Christians believe in the power of earthly prayer and ask fellow
Christians to pray for us when we need God's help we
also believe that our Heavenly relatives will
pray for us if we ask. Is it necessary and can't we go directly to Jesus and God the Father?
No, it is not necessary and yes we can go directly to Jesus and God and do! However, it is
a beautiful practice and a very human thing to do and thus, is the simple
explanation for the Communion of Saints.
John Paul II our Holy Pope, is a soul who history
will record as one of the great giants and mystics of
the Holy Catholic and Apostolic church. This Pope
along with St Teresa of Avila, St. Francis of
Assi, St Francis Xavier, St John of the Cross and Saint Faustina is exemplary!

{St. Faustina was a young, uneducated, Polish nun who received extraordinary revelations or messages from Our Lord. Jesus asked St. Faustina to record these experiences which she compiled in notebooks. These notebooks are known today as the Diary of St. Maria Faustina and the words contained within are God's loving message of Divine Mercy. The Diary is an impressive account of the trials and joys of St. Faustina as she encountered Jesus Christ. The Divine Mercy is that which Jesus Christ gave as his gift to us on Good Friday when he allowed himself to suffer and die on the Cross for the Salvation of the World. The Holy Spirit instructed Saint Faustina that we men and women were not fully aware of his burning love for all of us and he commissioned her to help make this known to all, lest we forget!}

What an incredible send off the Pope was given!
I arrived a few minutes late to Saturday Vigil Mass
at St Joseph's Church in Mammoth and was surprised by
the large number of people there. As a matter of fact
that is why I was late, the parking lot was full so
I had to park sown the street. I
thought to myself that skiers had decided to go to
Mass because the Pope had died earlier that day.
Then like a light switch being turned on I realized
that it was Divine Mercy Sunday. I remembered that the Pope
had been quoted as saying that he knew when and how he would
die. What a day for one's soul to leave thier worldly body, on
the Vigil of Divine Mercy! This Mass is counted on the Liturgical calendar
as the Feast day Mass of divine Mercy Sunday as it takes place after sunset!
The Catholic Vigil Mass is reminisent of the Jewish Sabbath which
takes place from sunset of the previous day to sunset on the following
day of rest! Divine Mercy Sunday, as requested by Pope
John Paul II when he made it a universal Feast celebrated
throughout the world in the Catholic Church, is the Second
Sunday of Easter will receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday,
a perennial invitation to the Christian world to face, with
confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties and trials
that humankind will experience in the years to come. (Ordo, April 7, 2002)
This Pope helped make this Feast Day a reality as
requested by his compatriot Saint Sister Maria
Faustina. Furthermore she was the first person to be
canonized a Saint in the Millennium! Wow! I believe
that this Holy Pope's Soul was given a bullet train up
to the Pearly Gates. Saint Faustina was probably the
Conductor of this Bullet Chariot! What do you think?
I think this was God's reward for the Pope's strong
devotion to God's Divine Mercy...."
What is Our Lord's Divine Mercy? It is beautiful and simply is the manifestation of our Savior's Love made present and available to us in a special way on this day.
Our Lord revealed to St. Faustina His desire to literally flood us with His graces on that day. He told her: "On that day the very depths of My tender Mercy are open. ...The soul that will go to Confession [beforehand] and receive Holy Communion [on that day] shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment" (699). The theologian who examined St. Faustina's writings for the Holy See, Rev. Ignacy Rozycki, explained that this is the promise of a complete renewal of baptismal grace, and in that sense like a “second Baptism” (in much the same way that St. Catherine of Siena called sacramental Confession, undertaken out of true love of God, an “ongoing Baptism“) (The Dialogue, no. 75).
To learn more about this Amazing Gift of the Holy Spirit to all of Mankind please read more at this link.


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