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E. Leroux

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E. Leroux
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 "40 Days at the Foot of the Cross: A Gaze of Love from the Heart of Our Blessed Mother" was written as a daily devotional by which you are invited to prayerfully ponder this most profound mystery of our faith.  You are invited to stand at the foot of the Cross and gaze at our crucified Lord in openness to the mystery of His death.  As you do, be assured that Jesus has much to teach you and reveal to you about your own suffering.  His lessons will be ones taught by His own witness and saving act of love.  You will be invited to enter into this act of sacrificial love and unite yourself more deeply with its power and truth.

The meditations in this book are presented from the perspective of the greatest disciple of our Lord: His own dear Mother.  Mother Mary was one who faced the Cross of her Son with perfect openness, faith, love and devotion.  Her fidelity to her Son throughout His life was unwavering.  As she stood before the Cross during those long three hours, that fidelity never ceased. 

This devotional attempts to ponder that which our Blessed Mother would have pondered during those three hours.  What was she thinking as she stood there gazing at her own Child dying?  What memories went through her mind?  What filled her heart, emotions and feelings as she watched this final act of love?

 The Scriptures do not reveal much about the interior ponderings of our Blessed Mother during those three hours, but the Scriptures do reveal to us many encounters between this Mother and Son.  Since the Cross was the culmination of the life of both Mother and Son, it’s beautiful to bring to this moment of the Cross all the many experiences that these two shared throughout their earthly lives.  It’s inspiring to unite all that they did and said to this moment, since all was a preparation for this moment.

This book is helpful any time of year, especially if you find yourself facing a difficult cross in your own life.  It is also perfect for Lent in that it offers 40 reflections as well as prayers that can be used throughout Lent and for Holy Week.

"Daily Reflections on Divine Mercy" was written to provide an awakening to the abundant Mercy of God.  It offers daily reflections and prayers to help deepen the day-to-day faith life of every Catholic so that you can understand the abundance of Mercy poured forth from the Heart of our Savior as it is revealed in the writings of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska.

"Divine Mercy in My Soul: Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska" is soon to become a classic spiritual book that everyone is encouraged to read in their lifetime.  However, many find this invitation intimidating, not just because of the width of her book, but because of the depth of its message on The Divine Mercy in each of Saint Faustina’s notebook entries.  This book, "Daily Reflections on Divine Mercy," was written with the hope of guiding you through Saint Faustina’s Diary and her six notebooks of reflections.  It can be used on its own to help you pause and reflect on the beauty of Jesus’ messages to her, or as a companion book, as you simultaneously read Saint Faustina’s Diary. 

"Daily Reflections on Divine Mercy" offers 365 daily teachings, reflections and prayers based upon the pages of Saint Faustina’s Diary.  The structured way to use this daily reflection book is to do just that…reflect upon one page each day. However, some may feel called to skip around a bit, read a few reflections at a time, or return to a particular reflection through which God spoke to you.  Therefore, though this book was written with the intent of providing one reflection for each day of the year, the best way to use it is any way you feel called and the way that benefits your relationship with God the most.

The first paragraph for each day offers this author’s insights to the words and teachings of Saint Faustina.  The section of her Diary used for the day’s teaching is marked so that the reader can also read her Diary first hand so as to see the primary source that the author of this book took inspiration from for that day’s reflection.  Though the primary text of the Diary is never quoted, nor are the reflections of this book exact representations of the Diary, they do provide the foundational basis for the spiritual message shared in each reflection. 

The second paragraph for each day offers a short reflection put more as a question to the reader.  It offers the same insight in a different format so as to enter more deeply into the message of the day.

Finally, each daily reflection ends with a prayer focused upon the message and reflection for that day.  The reader is encouraged to pray this prayer several times.  Ideally, it is prayed first thing in the morning, again during the day, and again at night as an examination on how well the daily message was received.

As you seek to survive the world we live in, allow these pages to be a font of Mercy for you from God.  Allow God’s Divine Mercy to penetrate your heart so that you will know the abundance of His love and be more prepared to share that love with others.

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