April 29, 2017
Feast of St. Catherine of Siena
St. Catherine of Siena says: “Praise be to Jesus.”
“The first step in having an open heart to grace is to believe that Heaven can do anything by way of grace. Take as an example this Mission* – this property.** It is grace that transformed a soybean field into a miraculous apparition site. In order to open your heart to the grace offered here, the soul must decide the Mission is worthy of belief. Then he must look at the impact the Mission has made in the world. Have there been healings and conversions? Is the Mission offering a sound spirituality? It would be difficult – at best – to discount all of these positives for the sake of disbelief.”
“An open heart is a heart that searches for the Truth. Such a soul does not smugly believe he has all the answers and does not need any special grace. An open heart recognizes the positive influence of grace and is eager to respond to it.”
* The ecumenical Mission of Holy and Divine Love at Maranatha Spring and Shrine.
** The apparition site of Maranatha Spring and Shrine.
Read 1 Corinthians 2:12-13+
Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual Truths to those who possess the Spirit.
Synopsis: The Holy Spirit teaches the Truth of God’s Wisdom which cannot be interpreted by human wisdom.
+-Scripture verses asked to be read by St. Catherine of Siena.
-Scripture taken from the Ignatius Bible.
-Synopsis of Scripture provided by spiritual advisor.