Mission of Divine Mercy
Faith, so that God May Act
 Monastery - Sanctuary - Retreat Center 
Due to Archdiocesan Assembly

TODAY, Friday, Nov 2
Feast of All Souls

We will offer three Masses:
8:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
3:00 p.m.
In the Blessed Sacrament Chapel

The Holy Souls cannot pray for themselves,
"...only we can come to their aid."

St. Therese of Lisieux's
Surprising Teaching
 on Purgatory

The common teaching within the Church is that Purgatory can hardly be avoided. St. Therese thought otherwise, and her thoughts can seem shocking at first, but her beliefs are grounded in her deep humility, love and trust in God.

While still only a novice, St. Therese was discussing this subject with one of the sisters, who believed in the near impossibility of going to Heaven without passing through Purgatory. St. Therese said:

"You do not have enough trust. You have too much fear before the good God. I can assure you that He is grieved over this. You should not fear Purgatory because of the suffering there, but should instead ask that you not deserve to go there in order to please God, Who so reluctantly imposes this punishment. As soon as you try to please Him in everything and have an unshakable trust He purifies you every moment in His love and He lets no sin remain. And then you can be sure that you will not have to go to Purgatory."

This is certainly a different view of the near inevitability of Purgatory that we hear from other saints like St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, or St. John Vianney.

At one point the sub-prioress, Sr. Marie Febronia heard that St. Therese encouraged the novices to believe that they could go straight to heaven. She did not like this as she considered this kind of confidence presumptuous, and thus she reproached St Therese. The saint tried lovingly and calmly to convince the other sister of her point of view but with no success. Sr. Febronia clung to her belief. For St. Therese, God was more Father than Judge, and she took the liberty of finally responding to Sr. Febronia, "My sister if you look for the   justice of God you will get it. The soul will receive from God exactly what she desires."

Within the year Sr. Febronia died as a result of flu and one night, St. Therese saw her in a dream. This is how she related it to the Mother Prioress:

"O my Mother, Sr. M. Febronia came to me last night and asked that we should pray for her. She is in Purgatory because surely she had trusted too little in the mercy of the good Lord. Through her imploring behaviour and her profound looks, it seemed she wanted to say, ' You were right. I am now delivered up to the full justice of God but it is my fault. If I had listened to you I would not be here now. ' "

St. Therese of Lisieux was made a Doctor of the Church in 1997. If you would like to read more about her teaching on Purgatory go to the following link:

"I came here very heavily burdened and now I feel like a heavy weight has been lifted off my shoulders."

"Well organized. Good Food. Beautiful, peaceful surroundings. No one asking for my time except Jesus."

"In our busy lives there is so much noise. Here I am able to block out at least half of it and enjoy time with my Lord. The quiet time that I am able to spend with Him is very special to me. I feel at peace. I feel whole. I feel satisfied. And I feel loved."

"It was difficult. I was expecting peace. Instead God taught me some tough lessons."

"Friday night I had a headache, I never get headaches. I couldn't sleep; I never have trouble sleeping. A still, small voice kept telling me to go to the Adoration chapel. I ignored the voice; I wanted to sleep. Finally at 2:30 a.m., I gave up on sleep and went to the chapel. Just as I asked, "Why am I here?" the answer was given to me. I was here to offer my sufferings to God. All my sufferings. Even the tiny ones like an annoying headache. So I offered my headache for certain souls. Then I went to bed and fell asleep immediately."
COR JESU retreats are for people who have already made an Encounter With Jesus retreat.

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Sarah and Mariano Granados

Schedule Changes
Due to the Priestly Convocation
in San Antonio

Tue, Nov.6
10 a.m.Communion Service ( NO MASS)
Regular Adoration Schedule
Holy Hour, Healing Prayer but No Confession
Wed, Nov.7
Mass at 6:30 p.m. ( No morning Mass)
Regular Adoration until 6 p.m.

Fr. John Mary's Sunday Homily
Oct. 28, 2018

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In response to requests that we make giving to the Mission easier for people who don't carry cash, we have initiated a new credit card kiosk. It is located at the foot of road to the Chapel.
All donations, large or small are appreciated and put to immediate good use!

The Mission depends entirely on donations in order to carry out our ministry. We do not receive financial support from the Archdiocese.
Please pray to see if God wants you to help support His Mission of Divine Mercy.

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