Our Weakness, His Strength

Join Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox as they look at examples from Scripture where God chose & equipped ordinary men and women to accomplish extraordinary things for the people of God. Learn more about how we can all realize our call to produce fruit for the kingdom of God.

Message of Hope
What really matters in life is that we are loved by Christ and that we love Him in return. In comparison to the love of Jesus, everything else is secondary. And, without the love of Jesus, everything is useless.  – St. Pope John Paul II

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Divine Mercy – God’s Greatest Attribute, Part Two

Join Fr. Ed Hauf, OMI and his guest from Holy Name Parish, Angelo Bustamante as they talk about:

  • the mission Jesus gave to St. Faustina
  • how we can celebrate the Divine Mercy devotion in our prayer life daily
  • how to positively show deeds of mercy to others

Message of Hope
Oh, if only the suffering soul knew how it is loved by God, it would die of joy and excess of happiness! Some day, we will know the value of suffering, but then we will no longer be able to suffer. The present moment is ours. – St. Faustina

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Divine Mercy – God’s Greatest Attribute, Part One

Join Fr. Ed Hauf, OMI and his guest from Holy Name Parish, Angelo Bustamante as they talk about:

  • the mission Jesus gave to St. Faustina
  • how we can celebrate the Divine Mercy devotion in our prayer life daily
  • how to positively show deeds of mercy to others

Message of Hope
O My God, my only hope, I have placed all my hope in You, and I know I shall not be disappointed (Diary, 317).
O Blessed Host, our only hope in all the sufferings and adversities of life. O Blessed Host, our hope in the midst of darkness and of storms within and without. O Blessed Host, our only hope in life and at the hour of death. O Blessed Host, our only hope in the midst of adversities and floods of despair. O Blessed Host, our only hope in the longing and pain in which no one will understand us (Diary, 356).
Welcome, linden Love, life of my soul I welcome You, Jesus, under these insignificant forms of bread…Welcome, only Hope of sinful souls.

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Living Catholicism Preempted By Special Programming

CSTA15 will not be airing Living Catholicism on Tuesday, May 7 due to special coverage of Pope Francis.

Living Catholicism, a production of Pilgrim Center of Hope, will air at its regularly scheduled time next week.

WHERE to TUNE IN:

Live – Tues., May 14 @ 11 AM

  • Facebook.com/CTSA15
  • Catholic Television of San Antonio (Spectrum channel 15)

Encore – Fri., May 17 @ 8 PM

  • Catholic Television of San Antonio (Spectrum channel 15)

… Watch the archived video on our website, ASAP!

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Sister Faustina Kowalska receiving the Divine Mercy apparition

Divine Mercy – God’s Greatest Attribute, Part One

Join Fr. Ed Hauf, OMI and his guest Angelo Bustamante as they talk about:

  • the Feast of Divine Mercy
  • how it relates to the Sacred Heart devotion
  • the substance of the messages given to St. Faustina Kowalska

Message of Hope:
O My God, my only hope, I have placed all my hope in You, and I know I shall not be disappointed (Diary, 317). – St. Faustina

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Mercy – Love’s Second Name

This Living Catholicism column was written for Today’s Catholic (4-26-19), the newspaper of the Archdiocese of San Antonio:

Divine Mercy Sunday is now either before us or just passed. This is the perfect time to dwell on God’s love and mercy so we might all yearn for it, be restored by it, and be more grateful for it.

As I am writing this article I am looking up at an image of Rembrandt’s Prodigal Son (inspired by the parable from Luke 15: 1-3, 11-32) that hangs in my office. This painting has long captivated me and took on even greater meaning after I read Henri Nouwen’s book, The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming.

My attention is always drawn to the hands’ of the father, holding the son, as if to say, “you are forgiven…everything is going to be okay.” It makes me think of all the hugs or abrazos shared over the years with family and friends, following an exchange of apologies over saying or doing something we regretted. By far, the most powerful and significant were the embraces shared with my parents. In these moments, I felt forgiven, loved, secure, and at peace.

Nouwen’s book enabled me to see that total surrender to God the Father is the key to truly being healed of past hurt and guilt. With that realization has come a greater appreciation for the sacrament of Reconciliation and for the Paschal Mystery. And also, for the Eucharist.

Total surrender is not an easy thing to do, because it involves giving up control and acknowledging our failures. Nouwen wrote, “one of the greatest challenges of the spiritual life is to receive God’s forgiveness.”

St. Pope John Paul II wrote his second Encyclical Letter Dives In Misericordia(Rich in Mercy), with St. Faustina Kowalska on his mind. This is a profound document which offers a new perspective on the theme of Divine Mercy:

  • God’s merciful love is his “most stupendous attribute.”
  • Christ came to make God present as love and mercy
  • When mercy is properly given, there is no humiliation, only gratitude
  • Love & Mercy in the world make conversion possible
  • Mercy is love’s second name

It was nineteen years ago on April 30, 2000 that John Paul II canonized St. Faustina and designated the Easter Octave – Divine Mercy Sunday. Faustina was given the message of Divine Mercy from Christ. In 1938 her journals were published as the Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul.

As a result of the apparitions of Jesus to St. Faustina we were given four devotions:

  • The Divine Mercy Image
  • The Chaplet of Divine Mercy
  • The Novena of Divine Mercy
  • Divine Mercy Sunday (receiving Reconciliation and Holy Communion)

During this Easter season, as we continue to celebrate the Resurrection and in anticipation of Jesus sending forth the Holy Spirit, consider dedicating yourself to the devotion of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy throughout the year.

Not only can these prayers help to keep you focused on the Passion & Crucifixion of Christ, but they can also give you a greater appreciation of the Eucharistic offering.

Our staff at Pilgrim Center of Hope prays the Chaplet daily during the Hour of Mercy which begins at 3 pm, the hour of Our Lord’s death on the cross.

The opening prayer of the Divine Mercy Chaplet says it all:
O Blood & Water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus, as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in you(cf. Diary 84).

And then there is the call and response prayer that we repeat 50 times:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us & on the whole world (cf. Diary 475-476).

 Reading John Paul’s Dives In Misericordia and practicing the devotion of the Divine Mercy Chaplet has allowed me to recognize and give thanks for all the times I have been shown mercy. More importantly, I am more conscious of the need to be more merciful toward others.

Pope Francis put it this way, “May we make God’s merciful love ever more evident in our world through dialogue, mutual acceptance and fraternal cooperation.”

In order to bring more hope into the world and restore people’s dignity and humanity, we need to remember love’s second name and show more mercy and forgiveness in our relationships.

It all begins with our appreciation and understanding of God’s Divine Mercy.

So, let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help(cf. Heb. 4:16).

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Robert V. Rodriguez is the Public Relations and Outreach Assistant at Pilgrim Center of Hope. Living Catholicism is a regular column of this Catholic evangelization apostolate that answers Christ’s call by guiding people to encounter Him through pilgrimages, conferences and outreach. PilgrimCenterofHope.org

San Damiano Crucifix & Its Message

During this program Mary Jane Fox & Robert Rodriguez will discuss the story and symbolism behind the San Damiano Crucifix, which spoke to St. Francis of Assisi and told him to rebuild the Church. This led to Francis’ conversion and to his founding of the Franciscan order of missionaries.

We will explain the significance of religious icons and how these sacred images can lead us to prayer and help us on our faith journey.

Message of Hope:
The same things that the Book of the Gospels explains by means of words, the painter shows by means of his works…with a soundless voice the icons teach those who behold him. – St. Basil the Great

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An Ancient Icon & Praying with Sacred Art

Join Mary Jane Fox for this fascinating look at how Sacred Art helps us to evoke the divine mystery of God. During this program:

  • An introduction to a spiritual exercise called “Visio Divina,” which means visually praying
  • An introduction to an ancient icon of Jesus Christ, known as The Pantocrator, which in Greek means Ruler of All

Find out why we all need sacred art in our lives and how these images can move us to prayer.

Message of Hope:
We are to love God for Himself, because of a twofold reason; nothing is more reasonable, nothing more profitable. – St. Bernard of Clairvaux

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Healing of the Family – Part One

What are the serious issues facing nuclear and extended families today?

Join Fr. Ed Hauf, OMI and Fr. John Francis Bentley, BBD as they talk about the wounds facing families in today’s society. As part of their discussion, they will look at how certain kinds of sin can pass down generationally and affect not just the physical parts but also the psychological and spiritual parts of our being.

Also learn about the programs available to heal family relationships, physical and mental illnesses, and addictions.

Message of Hope:
Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do. – Pope St. John XXIII

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Living Your Baptism

When is the last time you thought about your Baptism? Are you living your Baptism?

Beyond the renewal of our baptismal vows during the Easter Vigil, there are lots of ways we can live out our baptismal promises each and every day.

Join Angela Sealana and Robert Rodriguez as they discuss baptism as the gateway to a life in the Spirit. The program will present practical ways to be reminded of and inspired by our baptism. We will also share some spiritual reflections related to our being sons and daughters of God.

Message of Hope:
Baptism is not the work of man but of Christ, and this sacrament is so holy that it would not be defiled, even if the minister were a murderer.
St. Isidore, Doctor of the Church

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