In the month of June the Church celebrates the wonderful feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This is a very special feast and a very powerful devotion. In this particular program, Mark and Frances build on a series they did previously on the Sacred Heart, but discussing the more practical aspects of practicing the devotion. They discuss how we can actually go about conforming our hearts to the Heart of Christ. Drawing from two historical and comprehensive texts on the devotion, they describe how the activities of prayer, detachment, the sacraments and even our trials can all assist us in entering into the many Blessings of the Sacred Heart. They also explore Christ’s own words on the need to enter by the Narrow Gate as an analogy for how we must allow Christ to increase His presence within us. Much like St. John the Baptist, we must decrease and we must allow Christ to increase within us. Drawing on numerous scripture verses, Mark and Frances describe just how we can apply ourselves to this most powerful devotion to the Sacred Heart.
This particular program picks up on the series of Devotion to the Holy Face. Mark and Frances trace the history of this devotion within the Church, and then outline some of the key events which led to its reinstitution on a number of occasions. They also provide specific details on the lives of Sr. Mary of St. Peter, the Carmelite nun of Tours who received revelations from the Lord on this devotion, and also, Leo Dupont, who actively practiced the devotion for years, after Sr. Mary’s death, and long before it received official Papal recognition.
“Carmelite Conversations” Host Frances Harry welcomes guest, Deacon Russell Baldwin to the program. The topic for this program is the “Divine Mercy Devotion” and the Carmelites. We discussed the 5 forms of Devotion to Divine Mercy as presented to St. Faustina from her Diary, now published and available to the public (“Divine Mercy in My Soul: the Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska”). Our conversation continued with a comparison of St. Faustina with the well-known Carmelite, St. Therese of Lisieux, who sang the mercies of the Lord in her manuscripts which were compiled and put into book form, known as “Story of a Soul” by St. Therse of Lisieux.
Francesca reviews Divine Mercy in My Soul chronicling daily entries in the Diary by St. Faustina Kowalska who Jesus revealed His plan to offer His Mercy to individuals and the world, through the Chaplet and Novena of Divine Mercy and establishing Divine Mercy Sunday on the Sunday after Easter. Why is this Mercy Devotion so important for our time and all time? Call in to discuss the Diary and your experience with the Mercy Devotion. Great graces flow from the Mercy Devotion.
This program began a four part series on the Devotion to the Holy Face. This remarkably powerful devotion was actually instituted by Veronica when she wiped the face of Jesus as He climbed to His crucifixion on Calvary. The program goes on to discuss four other instances in the history of the Church where this Devotion either gained great popularity or was actually re-instituted by Christ. The first was in the early 1840’s through the revelations to a Carmelite Sister named Mary of St Peter. The promises and the power of this devotion were offered to combat both blasphemy and the sins against the holy day of Sunday. The devotion was then reintroduced by St Therese of Lisieux around the late 1800’s, again in the mid 1940’s through an Italian Mother Pierina of the Immaculate Conception, and finally, in our own time through a man name Gordon Deery in Montreal, who carries on this world-wide ministry even today.
Part III: Women of Faith: Great Women Religious and the Sacred Heart of Jesus; His Passion and Love for Humanity/ Mary of Agreda:Mystical City of God: Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. and Jack Davis discuss Part Three of an ongoing series on Women of Faith: Great Women Religious and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, His Love and Passion for Humanity which focuses on women religious of various Religious Orders who were favored by the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Jesus appeared to them or they experienced locutions to bring them His graced lessons relating His Great Love and Mercy for humanity which they accepted to share in His Passion. The series includes The Revelations of St. Gertrude the Great ; Sr. Josefa Menendeza The Way of Divine Love; St. Faustina, (Diary of St. Faustina), St. Margaret Mary of Alacoque (The Sacred Heart Devotions) and other Women of Faith and how their revelations deliver the message of Love from the Heart of Jesus; how they are similar but different and still viable for our day. See programming link on www.radiomaria.us for Encore times The ongoing Francesca and Friends Women of Faith and Sacred Heart of Jesus Series will be available for your listening and personal or group study on the Radio Maria Archives of Francesca and Friends at www.radiomaria.us