- Amidst the sex abuse scandal within the Church, Pope Francis called for a meeting in Rome with the Bishops of the world. Right now there is not much takeaway from his meeting with the Bishops, but Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, had this to say about the meeting; “We shared with Pope Francis our situation in the United States — how the Body of Christ is lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse. He listened very deeply from the heart. It was a lengthy, fruitful, and good exchange. As we departed the audience, we prayed the Angelus together for God’s mercy and strength as we work to heal the wounds. We look forward to actively continuing our discernment together identifying the most effective next steps.” Dr. Matthew Bunson explains the latest on the meeting and what to look for in the coming months from both the Pope and the Bishops.
- Do you pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet? Have you ever heard of the Divine Mercy Chaplet? Today is the anniversary of the Chaplet. On Friday, Sept. 13, 1935, St. Faustina Kowalska received a vision of devastation about to hit a major Polish city. An angel who was to execute the Divine wrath on the earth, particularly this certain unnamed city was ready to strike it. Fervently, Faustina prayed, but she revealed her plea was to no avail “in the face of the divine anger” until hearing many words. She encountered the majestic Holy Trinity and pleaded with God in words heard within: “Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ for our sins and those of the whole world; for the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us”. As she prayed, the angel was unable to carry out the just punishment for sins. The next day, Sept. 14, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, Jesus gave Faustina the rest of the Chaplet with precise, detailed instructions. She was to recite the pray on Rosary beads. Father Chris Alar and Joe Grady both give you their experiences with the Chaplet and how it has changed their lives.
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