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My Own Arm Brought About The Victory – Isaiah 63:5

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During “Eternal Father, I offer you … Jesus, I trust in you” from the chaplet of Divine Mercy I remembered this: “my own arm brought about the victory”

thanks to biblos.com online parallel Bible which I use to find the phrases that come to mind to locate the whole passage – I found it –
Isaiah 63:5

I looked about, but there was no one to help, I was appalled that there was no one to lend support; so my own arm brought about the victory.”

Much of this chapter of Isaiah is fitting to the Divine Mercy prayer.
The Scriptual Way of the Cross uses this passage as part of the meditation on the Third Station, Jesus Falls the Second Time.
see also
Airmaria Homily

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John Paul’s Beatification Cause gets Underway at the Vatican-video

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John Paul’s Beatification Cause gets Underway at the Vatican-video

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What is a merciful heart?

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In the pierced heart of the Crucified, God’s own heart is opened up–here we see who God is and what he is like. Heaven is no longer locked up. God has stepped out of hiddenness. ~Pope Benedict XVI

O my Hope, pour into my heart the inebriation that consists in the hope of you. O Jesus Christ, the resurrection and light of all worlds, place upon my soul’s head the crown of knowledge of you; open before me all of a sudden the door of mercies, cause the rays of your grace to shine out in my heart.
I give praise to your holy Nature, Lord, for you have made my nature a sanctuary for your hiddenness and a tabernacle for your mysteries, a place where you can dwell, and a holy temple for your Divinity.

What is a merciful heart? It is a heart on fire for the whole of creation, for humanity, for the birds, for the animals, and for all that exists. By the recollection of them the eyes of a merciful person pour forth tears in abundance. By the strong and vehement mercy that grips such a person’s heart, and by such great compassion, the heart is humbled and one cannot bear to hear or to see any injury or slight sorrow in any in creation.

For this reason, such a person offers up tearful prayer continually even for irrational beasts, for the enemies of the truth, and for those who harm her or him, that they be protected and receive mercy. And in like manner such a person prays for the family of reptiles because of the great compassion that burns without measure in a heart that is in the likeness of God.

Do not despise the sinner for we are all guilty. If, for love of God, you rise up against him, mourn for him instead. Why do you despise him? Despise his sins but pray for him so that you may be like Christ, who did not get annoyed with sinners but prayed for them.

Can’t you see how he wept over Jerusalem? For we, too, have been duped by the devil more than once. So why despise him whom the devil, who mocks us all, has deceived just like us?

Why, O man, despise the sinner? Is it because he is not as just as you are yourself? But what happens to your justice from the moment you are without love? Why did you not weep for him? Instead, you persecute him. It is through ignorance that certain people get upset, believing themselves to have discernment into the deeds of sinners.

excerpts from St. Isaac the Syrian+A.D. 700
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‘Love changes hearts and brings peace. How great is the need for mercy in the world’ -John Paul II

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The Tomb of John Paul II Vatican Grottoes
http://www.saintpetersbasilica.org/Grottoes/JPII/Tomb%20of%20John%20Paul%20II.htm

First World Apostolic Congress on Mercy 2 April – 6 April, 2008

“In 2004 John Paul II appealed to the entire Church to be ‘witness to mercy’”, said the cardinal.( Cardinal Christoph Schonborn O.P., archbishop of Vienna, Austria and president of the congress)
“While at the Regina Coeli prayer on 3 April 2005 he would have said: ‘Love changes hearts and brings peace. How great is the need for mercy in the world’. Death prevented that great Pope from pronouncing those words, but the message has lost none of its validity or relevance”.

Cardinal Schonborn concluded: “The message of John Paul II and of Faustina Kowalska is not some abstract principle, it has a name and a face: Jesus. … and will be the nucleus of the First World Apostolic Congress on Mercy”.

April 2nd : dedicated to the prophetic intuition of Pope John Paul II regarding Divine Mercy
April 3rd : Mercy in the Mystery of the Church
April 4th : Communion of the Church, stimulated by Mercy
April 5th : Mercy for the Mission of the Church
April 6th : Closing Celebration of the Eucharist on St Peter’s Square

PRAYER FOR ASKING GRACES THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF THE SERVANT OF GOD POPE JOHN PAUL II
O Blessed Trinity We thank You for having graced the Church with Pope John Paul II and for allowing the tenderness of your Fatherly care, the glory of the cross of Christ, and the splendor of the Holy Spirit, to shine through him. Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd, and has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and is the way of achieving eternal communion with you. Grant us, by his intercession, and according to Your will, the graces we implore, hoping that he will soon be numbered among your saints. Amen.

April 1, 2005
That evening, as thousands of young people gathered in St. Peter’s Square to pray for the dying Pontiff, John Paul said the words that his spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls reported at that time: “I have searched for you, and now you have come to me, and I thank you.”

Early on Saturday, April 2, 2005 Pope John Paul was slipping in and out of consciousness, AAS reports. Mass was celebrated at his bedside, and he received the Secretary of State for a final time late in the morning. At about 3:30 in the afternoon, speaking in Polish in a feeble voice, John Paul said, “Let me go to the Father’s house.”

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