“Truly I say to you, unless you receive the Kingdom of God as a child, you shall not enter into it (Luke 18:17).”
I love watching the reflection of Easter in the eyes of my children. The purity of their love shines forth. Children have a unique relationship to God. Our Lord chose to enter the world as a helpless, innocent babe, and from the moment of the Incarnation, He became one of them, one of us. As we walk the outdoor Stations of the Cross, and listen to the Passion on Palm Sunday and Good Friday, our Lord’s suffering seems to resonate deeply with them. Their piety is genuine; their love is deep. Just as sorrow seems to carve a space within us, so too later that whittled space can brim with joy. Easter through the eyes of a child is a blessing to behold!
As we prepare for the great feast of Divine Mercy Sunday, we continue with the sixth day of the novena of chaplets, prayed with ordinary rosary beads. For complete instructions on how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, visit the Divine Mercy website of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception at: http://thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/praythechaplet.php.
Today is also the sixth day of the novena dictated by Jesus to St. Maria Faustina. For each day of this novena, Our Lord requested that Sr. Faustina bring a different group of souls into the abyss of His mercy. For this day Our Lord directed:
“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 (1220, p. 439 – Divine Mercy in My Soul, Congregation of Marians, 1987).”
The sixth day of the novena is:
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 of Heaven into ecstasy and 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 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 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.
(Divine Mercy Novena and Chaplet Pamphlet [LFMCN], 2012 Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.)
The complete text of the sixth day of the novena is also available on the Divine Mercy Website of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception at: http://thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/novena/sixthday.php.
A Sweet Smelling Bouquet. . . . © SalveMaterDei.com, 2011-2012.
If God Himself takes delight in the souls of children, and the humble souls who resemble them, can we do no less?
In honor of these special souls I am reposting a prayer I penned and posted many months ago.
If I Had the Faith of A Child
If I had the faith of a child, I would welcome each day with delight.
With reckless abandon, I would pursue the task of Life.
If I had the faith of a child, I would treat God as my Father,
With confidence I would speak to Him about little things throughout the day.
If I had the faith of a child, I would view His creation with a sense of wonder.
With gratitude, I would thank Him for the flowers, and snowflakes, and autumn leaves….
If I had the faith of a child, I would realize my smallness,
And I would seek shelter in His Magnitude.
If I had the faith of a child, I would not let a sense of time constrain me,
Rather, I would marvel in the timelessness of eternity.
If I had the faith of a child, I would not grow anxious about complex matters,
Instead, I would trust in His Providence to make it all right.
.If I had the faith of a child, my prayers would be simple.
With innocence, I would reflect His purity.
If I had the faith of a child, I would tell Him, “I’m sorry,” when need be,
And I would believe in my heart that His Mercy is greater than my weakness.
If I had the faith of a child, I would see miracles every day,
With simplicity, I would accept the incomprehensible.
If I had the faith of a child, I would make God laugh.
He would delight in my littleness, and I in His Omnipotence.
If I had the faith of a child, I would feel His unconditional Love,
He would fill me with His gifts and I would share them.
If I had the faith of a child, I would possess true wisdom,
For, He would reveal the secrets of His Heart.
If I had the faith of a child, I would enter the Kingdom of God!
I would hope for Heaven, yet see the Kingdom here around me now.
If I had the faith of a child, I would trust that my every prayer would be answered.
Lord, please, grant me the faith of a child!
May the Risen Christ bless you and yours abundantly.
Praise the Lord for He is Risen!
Indeed, He is Truly Risen, Alleluia!
Ad Jesum per Mariam
The Basilica of The National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill hosts a beautiful celebration. For more information regarding that celebration visit the site: https://www.holyhill.com/index.php?option=com_jevents&task=icalrepeat.detail&evid=741&Itemid=50&year=2013&month=04&day=07&title=sunday-of-divine-mercy-&uid=dfc595f576ed1845fa495278cafe52ea&catids=6|3
The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse also will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. For More information visit their site at: http://www.guadalupeshrine.org/events/divine-mercy-sunday