In my Reflections entry yesterday, I mentioned that I was feeling “out of sorts,” but did not comment further as I felt that elaborating on it was a whole separate entry. Today, I write this entry. I am unsure about how well I will be able to articulate this, but I’m going to give it a try.
I am feeling out of sorts and unsettled because of what seems to be heading our way (particularly in the US, but we do not live in a vacuum.) Our new president has already authorized funding for the promotion and provision of abortion in foreign countries with our tax dollars. We are, regardless of our moral convictions, being forced to fund abortion worldwide. A simple, “sneaky” executive order reversing the “Mexico City Policy” was completed late on Friday. Not that we didn’t see it coming. We did. But a late Friday afternoon signing… well, you know.
By looking at regular old news sources (not apocalyptic writings) it seems that there is good reason to believe that economic disaster is more than possible. The potential consequences of that are far reaching.
I had thought that our new president would be “slicker” in his attempts at promoting his excessive, evil anti-life, anti-Christian, anti-freedom agenda, but now I suspect that he will call on his comrades to push FOCA, and much more, sooner rather than later. It doesn’t’ appear that he intends to lull us into these things at all, but rather will go rushing ahead with his agenda. Within minutes of the inauguration, the White House website was changed, stating his agenda and goals. He didn’t wait at all. He called for reconciliation, but is immediately taking extremely divisive actions. He is calling for a HUGE economic package that he claims will create huge numbers of jobs in the long run. Wonder if he’s referring to his “Civil Defense Force”??? (Hmm. Sounds familiar… where have we seen THAT before? Oh, yes. I remember. Hitler did the same. As did others. Hmm.)
Ultimately, his rushing in, guns blazing, will work more in our favor than his. It will get our attention and we will react. I hope and I pray.
I believe we are facing very serious challenges in this country. Very, very serious challenges. I have been fearful of saying these things out loud. I mean, who wants to look like a crackpot to their family, friends and their extremely limited slice of the blogosphere? I sure don’t. But here I go anyway.
I don’t claim to know the future. Some of the signs, as I am understanding them today, may well be pointing to something completely different than I think. I don’t think anything is a completely done deal (excepting the Mexico City Policy reversal. That IS a done deal.) I allow for the possibility of our representatives listening to their constituents and dealing with the upcoming issues with consideration of all views. I allow that they could look more deeply at things, look beyond the battle cry of “Change” and do what it truly best for our nation. But I don’t place much hope in them.
Even though I don’t know the future, I sure can see a lot that concerns me and puts me out of sorts. It is not quite “anxiety” because I know that the Lord God Almighty is still in control of everything and anything that He allows will ultimately be for our good. I’m just not excited about suffering. I know its value, I just don’t look forward to it. It’s one thing to fast by prescription or devotion a few times a year. It’s another thing to give up chocolate or television for Lent. You know, my sacrifices that I choose. It is yet another to face bravely that which you might not, would likely not, choose for yourself or your children. I thank God that Holy Mother Church has trained us in sacrifice with Fridays of penance and the seasons of Advent and Lent. If we had not been given this gift, facing the difficulties that may come would probably be even more painful.
So, besides wondering to myself if I ought to be burying cash in mason jars in the yard (leave my grass alone. I haven’t.) Or stocking the house with nonperishable foods, water supplies, etc., I have also had another thought. A thought that was almost nagging me.
I’ve been thinking about St. Faustina. I’ve been thinking about the origin of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, according to her diary. It seems that I can almost “see” what she saw 74 years ago. Only I will not hesitate to say the name of the particular place that comes to my mind. It is my own, dear country: The United States. (I have read somewhere that St. Faustina was referring to her own Poland in this section of her diary.)
The Origin of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, from St. Faustina’s diary.
(474)In the evening, when I was in my cell, I saw an Angel, the executor of divine wrath. He was clothed in a dazzling robe, his face gloriously bright, a cloud beneath his feet. From the cloud, bolts of thunder and flashes of lightning were springing into his hands; and from his hand they were going forth, and only then were they striking the earth. When I saw this sign of divine wrath which was about to strike the earth, and in particular a certain place, which for good reasons I cannot name, I began to implore the Angel to hold off for a few moments, and the world would do penance. But my plea was a mere nothing in the face of the divine anger. Just then I saw the Most Holy Trinity. The greatness of Its majesty pierced me deeply, and I did not dare to repeat my entreaties. At that very moment I felt in my soul the power of Jesus’ grace, which dwells in my soul. When I became conscious of this grace, I was instantly snatched up before the Throne of God. Oh, how great is our Lord and God and how incomprehensible His holiness! I will make no attempt to describe this greatness, because before long we shall all see Him as He is. I found myself pleading with God for the world with words heard interiorly. As I was praying in this manner, I saw the Angel’s helplessness: he could not carry out the just punishment which was rightly due for sins. Never before had I prayed with such inner power as I did then.
(475) The words with which I entreated God are these: 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.
(476) The next morning, when I entered chapel, I heard these words interiorly: Every time you enter the chapel, immediately recite the prayer which I taught you yesterday. When I had said the prayer, in my soul I heard these words: This prayer will serve to appease My wrath. You will recite it for nine days, on the beads of the rosary, in the following manner: First of all, you will say one OUR FATHER and HAIL MARY and the I BELIEVE IN GOD. Then on the OUR FATHER beads you will say the following words: “Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.” On the HAIL MARY beads you will say the following words: “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and on the whole world.” In conclusion, three times you will recite these words: “Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”
I’m re-reading the Diary now. I am also praying for Divine Mercy on our country. I invite you to join me. If St. Faustina was shown that even just her prayer can call down such great mercy, imagine if we all join together?
For myself, I plan to train myself in the habit of saying this prayer constantly. I will have formal times of kneeling and praying the Chaplet, but I will train myself to utter the words of the Chaplet and offer the Son back to the Father, begging for His Mercy, like a breath prayer. I will utter it repeatedly throughout the day, with every breath.
Praise the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever. Praise the God of gods: for his mercy endures for ever. Praise you Lord of lords: for his mercy endures for ever. Who alone does great wonders: for his mercy endures for ever. Who made the heavens in understanding: for his mercy endures for ever.
Who established the earth above the waters: for his mercy endures for ever. Who made the great lights: for his mercy endures for ever. The sun to rule over the day: for his mercy endures for ever. The moon and the stars to rule the night: for his mercy endures for ever. Who smote Egypt with their firstborn: for his mercy endures for ever.
Who brought Israel from among them: for his mercy endures for ever. With a mighty hand and a stretched out arm: for his mercy endures for ever. Who divided the Red Sea into parts: for his mercy endures for ever. And brought out Israel through the midst thereof: for his mercy endures for ever. And overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea: for his mercy endures for ever.
Who led his people through the desert: for his mercy endures for ever. Who smote great kings: for his mercy endures for ever. And slew strong kings: for his mercy endures for ever. Sehon king of the Amorrhites: for his mercy endures for ever. And Og king of Basan: for his mercy endures for ever.
And he gave their land for an inheritance: for his mercy endures for ever. For an inheritance to his servant Israel: for his mercy endures for ever. For he was mindful of us in our affliction: for his mercy endures for ever. And he redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endures for ever. Who gives food to all flesh: for his mercy endures for ever.
Give glory to the God of heaven: for his mercy endures for ever. Give glory to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endures for ever.
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion,
Have mercy on us and on the whole world.