Monday, April 23, 2012

Remembering Father

BEADS OF JOY 4-23-12 “Remembering Father”
©2012 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

"Remembering Father Mullally"

My friends…
This morning blog is all about me missing Fr Mullally. I am so sorry, but I really miss him. I understand our faith very clearly, I understand where he is, and I understand that one day I will see him again. I honestly understand all that; I just really miss him. To me it's like losing a parent, or a sibling, or thee absolute best friend you have ever had in the entire whole world, in your entire life... He was actually that best friend and that brother (a brother I never had) and that loving guiding parent in my life. My parents are wonderful and I love them, but they just didn’t fulfill the spiritual heart inside me, with the kind of guiding, loving parental leadership that Father had.

I realize I do reflect back a lot, I go through these patches of really missing Father and I don’t know what to do except express them. I’d like to start by saying that I have 5 (Spiritual Super Hero’s) in my life. And I realize that might sound corny, but it’s true. I did an audio reflection all about it, I need post that. Anyhow, these men of God have been mentors like no others in my life. I turn to them for direction, leadership, guidance, and so much more. In turn they have told me that they to gain from my input, so that we both were able to move forward in our spiritual life by our friendships. These men are as follows and in this particular order on purpose…


#1. Fr Gerald Mullally (20+ years) what can I say that I haven’t already; and that I will continue to say…

#2. Jack McElligott (18-20 years) a very dear friend, he to, has gone to be with the Lord. I miss you Jack. Jack was a man who I spoke to, online, on the phone, and in person. One day, a few months before he passed away two years ago, (when Chrissy first got diagnosed with cancer) he said to me while hanging out in my yard, “You know Jim, I get it, and I think I really understand you now. No matter how much stress you are under, no matter how many horrible things get thrown at you, you stay upbeat and happy and joyful all the time… It’s the depths of your faith, isn’t it?” I said, “Of cause it is, it always has been.” He just smiled at me and said, “You have a wonderful gift, the gift of Joy in your heart, I am so happy for you Jim.” That was one of our last few conversations we had.

#3. Jerry Kelly (29 years) The Leader of Our Lady’s Pathways prayer group. A dear close friend, he was there from the beginning, when I first gave my life to Jesus. Jerry is a true man of honor and a true man of God; his private words to me, always touched the prayers I privately pray. God spoke through him many times to me…

#4. Fr Peter Calabrese (10 years) He is the Associate Director of Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston, NY. He is busier these days, compared to the days when I use to hang out with him. He is living the life I would have loved to live if I were to be a priest (which I did at one point). Fr Peter was also my Spiritual Director for a little while, when we lived up in Niagara Falls. He is a man of some incredible insightful wisdom. His bible studies where out of this world.

#5 Al Picogna OFS (8+ years) He is my Franciscan brother / father / dear friend. He and I talk most days. He pointed out after Fr Mullally’s passing that he understands the depths of my sorrow. He said to me, “Jim, you talked about whatever was going on with you and Father, every single day we ever talked.” I was like, “I did??” Al’s insights and deeply rooted faith based life are a true inspiration. He is a remarkable friend, a true man of honor and dad to his daughters and their families and wonderful attentive grandfather.

I never realized how much I spoke about Father, till others have stepped forward and told me. He and I use to talk through many many nights, even directly before Mass. I can’t tell you how many times Chrissy would roll over to me; because I was at my desk in our bedroom, and she’d say, “Who have you been talking to all this time?” or “…all through the night?” I’d be like, “Father of cause...” She knew who I was talking about, nothing else needed to be said. It was just a regular event between Father and me.

Some Other Pondering Thought: When someone we love passes away, are they able to hear us; when we believe we are speaking to them alone? Our longing, our sadness, and our ongoing desire for connection with that person, pour through your words, and our thoughts of that them. How are you handling Fr. Mullally’s passing? Some of you might think, hey its 4 months ago, are you ok? I say, yes I am. I guess my love for him and my dependence upon his absolute loyal, loving friendship… miss him the most. He honestly has been the closest person to me in my life, aside from Chrissy. He and I have had some really wonderful, in-depth conversations over these past two decades. I’m talking beyond confession; our lives were an open book to one another. He made me always feel like it was important to him that I knew the real man behind the altar. I feel very blessed to have known him so well; and of cause no one knew me like he did. No stone was ever missed; no stone was ever left unturned. I trusted my life with him.

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Divine Mercy Chaplet

BEADS OF JOY 4-15-12
“Divine Mercy Chaplet”

©2012 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

Today is Divine Mercy Sunday Time B
My Friends,

Today is a most JOYOUS day for us to celebrate. I love Sister Faustina; her diary is such a blessing. Please if you haven't taken the time yet, I highly recommend you read through it, you will be inspired but such a Godly woman. If today's message were to be put in a capsule I'd say, "Be merciful and loving to everyone, especially those in our lives who we know don't deserve it." Today we need to be like Jesus even more then we try to be on other days. Heaven is real, as is Hell is real. We are all given this tiny piece in time to make things right with Almighty God. We have more than adequate time to do so; so we can't waste it on things that in the end bare no meaning to the final judgment of our soul. In the end, all that will matter is that you made your life right with God. We must surrender fully to Him. I know many will resist and believe their own choices and priorities matter first. Sorry, no one, and nothing comes before God. His mercy and compassion and love for us; got himself nailed to a tree so that you and me can spend eternity with Him.

Today we celebrate "Divine Mercy". Let me share some excerpts from Sister Faustina's Diary. She has so much love from God to share with us. Please take the time to learn about her, her message and what she has written. My dear friend Fr Joe Roesch, MIC is the Divine Mercy Priest, you see him leading us on the video I always post, when I invite you to join us in praying, The Divine Mercy Chaplet. “I have discovered that everything is possible for God if we will only say yes to His call.” ~Fr. Joe Roesch, MIC. Today is a day of sharing as much as we can about Mercy, and how Sister Faustina has opened a blessed door of some wonderful wisdom for all of us to prosper from. There are far too many to share them all. But I'd like to share some of the ones that pop out.

"When I met the Lord I humbled myself and said, "Jesus, it seems that You do not associate intimately with such wretched people as I." Be at peace, My daughter, it is precisely through such misery that I want to show the power of My mercy." (133)

"For there are three ways of performing an act of mercy: the merciful word, by forgiving and by comforting; secondly, if you can offer no word, then pray - that too is mercy; and thirdly, deeds of mercy. And when the Last Day comes, we shall be judged from this, and on this basis we shall receive the eternal verdict." (1158)

"I often communicate with persons who are dying and obtain the divine mercy for them. Oh, how great is the goodness of God, greater than we can understand. There are moments and there are mysteries of the divine mercy over which the heavens are astounded. Let our judgment of souls cease, for God's mercy upon them is extraordinary." (1684)

Divine Mercy Chaplet (Prayers)
Begin with the Sign of the Cross...

Pray, "Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world."

Pray 10 Times:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

(Repeat step 2 and 3 for all five decades).

Conclude 3 Times:
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Personal Invitation to YOU from Fr. Joe Roesch and me: Please join us in praying THE DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET. The attached link is my favorite; FR. JOE ROESCH is the priest who is in this video. He is a long time personal friend of mine from back in the “Charismatic Prayer Group” years on Staten Island. It was in the early 1980’s, the days of “The Handmaids of Mary” and “Mother Eugenia.” Remember her Fr. Joe Thank you Fr. Joe for all you do.


More Sister Faustina, words from her diary:

Suffering is a great grace; through suffering the soul becomes like the Saviour; in suffering love becomes crystallized; the greater the suffering, the purer the love. (57)

He who knows how to forgive prepares for himself many graces from God. As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart. (390)

Oh if only the suffering soul knew how much it is loved by God, it would die of joy and excess of happiness! Someday, we will know the value of suffering, but then we will no longer be able to suffer. (963)

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Sunday of Lent 2012

BEADS OF JOY 4-08-12
“He Is Risen – Alleluia!!”
©2012 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

Today is EASTER Sunday
Lenten Season Time B
My Friends,

He is RISEN. The day we all knew was coming is here. Jesus Christ has risen from His tomb. Today’s blog will be shorter than most, today is a day of celebration, not time spent online. I hope this little insightful reflection, leads your heart closer and closer to our Lord.

Today’s Scripture Readings…
1st Reading: Acts 10:34, 37-43
Psalm:“This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad.”
2nd Reading: Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6-8

Gospel: John 20:1-9Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.”

In today’s gospel John bears witness to what all men and women now know for all eternity; that Jesus is the Word incarnate. The sadness of the disciples and the despair of so many men and women have now been transformed into a life that radiates JOY. Nothing else in the world would have given these men and women such a courage and boldness, except for the reality of the Resurrection, by which they have witnessed. Let us also have courage and be bold in our faith, and in our love for Him, for He who has died and has been risen for us.

I pray that you have a fantastic, blessed, joyous EASTER.

HAPPY EASTER!!! My dear, precious, blessed friends.

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Lenten Season - Day 40

BEADS OF JOY 4-07-12 “Holy Saturday – Day of Silence”
©2012 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

Holy Saturday ~ Lenten Season – Day 40
My Friends,

Today is a day that we should not blog, speak or celebrate; after diligent research and many years of experience through Lent leading up to Easter, it is known that No Mass is in today's liturgy. This isn't a day to be sad, but rather one to be waiting with excitement and anticipation of Jesus conquering satan and evil. Death will no longer hold us; we are now able to be united with Jesus in Heaven after our death. Tomorrow will be a most joyous day for us to celebrate. Today I suggest prayer and silence; and in my prayer suggestion either the Rosary or the Stations will keep you close to Jesus, scripture and our Blessed Mother.

The Stations of The Cross
Jesus is Condemned to Die
Jesus is Made to Bear His Cross
Jesus Falls the First Time
Jesus Meets His Mother
Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross
Veronica Wipes Jesus' Face
Jesus Falls the Second Time
Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
Jesus Falls the Third Time
Jesus is Stripped
Jesus is Nailed to the Cross
Jesus Dies on the Cross
Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross
Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

The Rosary

1st Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation to Mary
2nd Joyful Mystery: The Visitation of Mary and Elizabeth
3rd Joyful Mystery: The Nativity of Our Lord
4th Joyful Mystery: The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple
5th Joyful Mystery: The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple

1st Luminous Mystery: His Baptism in the Jordan
2nd Luminous Mystery: His self-manifestation at the wedding of Cana
3rd Luminous Mystery: Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
4th Luminous Mystery: His transfiguration
5th Luminous Mystery: His institution of the Eucharist

1st Sorrowful Mystery: The Agony in the Garden
2nd Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar
3rd Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns
4th Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross
5th Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord

1st Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection of Our Lord
2nd Glorious Mystery: The Ascension of Our Lord
3rd Glorious Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit
4th Glorious Mystery: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
5th Glorious Mystery: The Coronation of Our Lady

Today’s Challenge: PRAY PRAY PRAY. I will be praying for you.

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS

Friday, April 6, 2012

Lenten Season - Day 39

BEADS OF JOY 4-06-12 “Jesus Christ is Crucified”
©2012 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

Good Friday ~ Lenten Season – Day 39
My Friends,

Today is one of the saddest days in all the world. An innocent man, God's only Son is going to be killed, put to the slaughter and wrongfully labeled as guilty. It is on this day that Jesus will be condemned, make His way with His cross, and then die upon that same cross. Think of this, a meditation for today, I heard on the radio on the way home from work, they said: "God is so strong that they can pierce nails through His hands and feet and kill Him and He can still save the world." I thought it was pretty insightful to share it. For Jesus has taken on the sins of the whole world to save our souls. "My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world." 1 John 2:1-3. Many tears will be shed today; while many of us stare at the cross in silence pondering the events that have taken place on this day. We need to put ourselves in His midst as it occurred. Think about it.

If we had the chance to be at the foot of the cross moments before Jesus died, knowing what we know; what would you say to Him? I like working outside the box in many of my own meditations. I am so glad I am able to share a new refreshing way; that you to can pray and meditate the Mysteries of the Rosary, the Stations of The Cross, and many other the events in Jesus' life. I'll share first: I would be down on my knees before the cross. I would be doing my best to catch eye contact with my Lord. I know I would be crying, but my tears, because I know what I know, would be tears of joy; an anticipating Joy. Then I would say to Jesus, "Please Lord, forgive me for my sins, my selfishness, please also forgive me for offending You. I know Lord I am not worthy of any forgiveness; but I know by Your death all of us are made clean and acceptable before God. I am ever grateful for such a love as Yours. I offer my life fully and completely to You. I seek nothing in this life Lord, except to serve You, by sharing Your Love, Your Joy, Your Goodness, and Your story with everyone I possibly can. Please Lord I ask for Your blessings as I forge forward spreading the gospel. I really really really love you Jesus, you are the center of my whole life, I have died to the pleasures, joys and hobbies of this world, because I do not want to waste a single moment away from You. Thank you for always being there for me and my family and my friends. Amen."

Today is the day we pray the Stations of the Cross. I strongly encourage you to spend some of your own personal time with our Lord through the meditations of the stations with our Lady.

The events that will happen today are as follows: Good Friday

-Second trial before the Sanhedrin
-Suicide of Judas
-Christ is brought to Pilate
-The Jews charge Christ with sedition
-Pilate questions Christ privately
-The Jews repeat their accusations
-Christ is sent to Herod
-Pilate declares Christ's innocence
-Christ or Barabbas
-Pilate washes his hands
-Christ is condemned and scourged
-He is mocked by the soldiers
-The Jews demand that He be crucified
-Pilate again questions Christ privately
-The Jews repeat their demand
-The Way of The Cross
-The Crucifixion
-Christ is offered wine and gall on the cross
-His garments are divided
-The inscription on the cross
-Christ is insulted on the cross
-The good thief
-Mary and John at the foot of the cross
-Darkness over the earth
-The death of Christ
-Marvelous happenings
-The centurion and the disciples on Calvary
-The piercing of Christ's side

So what have we learned through Lent, oh do you want me to answer that first. Oh OK, if you insist, LOL: Relationships !! (family, friends, neighbors, fellow workers, those at church, and those we haven't met yet.)

I have learned so much more about the value of them and the real importance in them from our past, during our present and into the future. This Lent has given me a renewed feeling to share the many people in my life with everyone. Not to bore you about my life, but rather in each example of dedication, share and show how every little thing matters in our lives. And how we need to invest in OTHERS more and give to them ourselves more. I recommend that you to write a daily journal; maybe of the people that have been part of your life, as far back as you can remember. I am doing just that and it is bringing back so many really wonderful memories.

Today’s Challenge: Give Jesus one hour of your time today, being silent before the Cross. For it is by the Cross that we are brought face to face with our Lord’s suffering.

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Lenten Season - Day 38

BEADS OF JOY 4-05-12 “You Should Also Do As I Have”
©2012 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

Holy Thursday ~ Lenten Season – Day 38
My Friends,

On this very evening in Holy Week, Our Lord's Last Supper shall be served; but in preparation for that our Lord reveals His deep humility before the disciples. Today's scripture is John 13:1-15 (Jesus washes the disciple’s feet) this is to further show them the deep love He has for them. And if anyone has ever wondered where I get these titles; for the most part they are words straight out if the days scripture. I like the thought of the title to be directly connected to the writing. Today is all about humility in preparation for the betrayal that will sentence Jesus to death. Also note that today is also a representation of the 5th Luminous Mystery (The Institution of the Eucharist). Jesus loves all of us unconditionally, in His death and all that surrounded it; He gives us an example we need to follow and to do as He did. His love has power, and compassion, and a very important element: "humility". Humility has power in its intention and kindness to do good. Humble people tend to be more loving. We must be like Jesus.

Humility, what is humility?
HUMILITY (hu•mil•ity): 1: a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride; 2: a humble feeling to help others before yourself.

Can we live a humble, lowly live in today's world? Can we really submit to others while we are humble before our Lord? Is this real in today's world? It is important that we really look at this. We need to be like Jesus, He washed the feet of the disciples. Can we find in ourselves the humility to do for others, things no one else would do because of their pride? There is so much to consider here. Let's take a good look at scripture to truly discover the treasure in being humble.

"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom."
Proverbs 11:2

"Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life."
Proverbs 22:4

"If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves."
Philippians 2:1-3

Unless a life is lived for others, it is not worthwhile.”
Intense love does not measure; it just gives.”
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Today's Challenge: Yes today’s blog is shorter than usual because it is one of the holiness days of the Liturgical Year. So go, and spend your time with Jesus.

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” ~Mother Teresa of Calcutta. This is how I feel in our ministry.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Lenten Season - Day 37

BEADS OF JOY 4-04-12 “30 Pieces of Silver”
©2012 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

Wednesday of Holy Week ~ Lenten Season – Day 37
My Friends,

The betrayal of Jesus was just the beginning of that long walk to Calvary. Today we read how Judas takes the first step to turn on Jesus and betray Him, and for what? Money? Our scripture today can be found in Matthew 26:14-25 (Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus & The Passover with the disciples). I pray that all of you are having a most joyful Godly Holy Week. Spend this very special week with Jesus and His Mother as much as you possibly can, even begin new habits that draw you close to them. This is the week that leads up to His Death and Resurrection. The holiest of holy weeks in our faith. The thought of someone willing to basically sell another for murder is ludicrous. I don't know if Judas really knew what was going to happen to the extent that it did, but I would think considering all the disciples were well aware of the times they were living in; and the anger the scribes and Pharisee had towards Him, he had to have thought crucifixion was in the cards. And if he did and still did it anyway, how sad. But we all know someone had to betray Him, so that by His death and resurrection He defeated death for all of us. It was our sins and Judas' fatal sin that Jesus died for. But let's look into this for a moment.

"Worldly gain for the sake of money." Money can be a sad desire in our lives, yes we need it to live, we even need it to be buried when we die. But we don't need to be so obsessed with it that it takes over our lives. Judas sold out on Jesus for money. That is the craziest thing I ever heard of. It's been said in general, when corruption and payoffs occur: Just follow the money, and all the evidence is there. What does the word of God tell us about money, "Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless." Ecclesiastes 5:10. And in the gospel, "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." Matthew 6:24. We all need to keep that in mind, we can't have two masters, it doesn't only have to be money, it can anything we find ourselves clinging to. There is actually a lot said about money is scripture, none of which encourages us to desire it like so many do in today's world, "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many grief’s." 1 Timothy 6:10.

Nothing in this life is worth selling out our love for Jesus; except for Jesus. See the minute we grab something and cling to it, as our desire; our hands and arms are full, now we can no longer hold onto Jesus anymore. God clearly stated this in the second commandment, "You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments." Exodus 20:3-6. Pretty powerful stuff; I think this is just letting us know God's serious and He wants us to honor Him alone. I don't really know why people cling to things; maybe it's in our nature to be able to grab hold of something tangible that we can see. For whatever reason; we need to do all we can to tame that down. I am guilty as charged, but I have deepened my faith greatly these past 29 years of my life. Nothing is in my life, except for my Lord and my family. I don’t have a hobby, or a place to hang out. To me, when I have Jesus, I have everything I need in my life.

The way I approach distractions and things that I know in my life that take me away from my Lord, is simple; I replace them with an "addiction of sorts" that revolve around Jesus. That's how I developed my prayer life and my writing time. I use to have so many distractions in my life, and I knew it and I would stop them for several days, even weeks at a time. But through the force and design of a habit, I returned to the one thing I didn't want to. Did that make sense? So I encourage all of you who are having challenges that you don't like, or that are distracting you and keep you from Jesus, replace the habit, with something you want to do instead. You have to be very open and honest with yourself when you see yourself drifting away from our Lord. What feelings, or emotion, or flavor ice creams did it. Opps, Sorry, food always seems to derail me. Fill my belly and my mind wonders. LOL. I can't explain that, I just know that food is a huge distraction to me. Shopping for it, cooking it, eating it. I love all facets of the adventure. See what I mean, this can't be healthy. Hey stop laughing at me. LOL. Ok you can smile at me. This was just a thought that I hope helps everyone focus more fully and devoutly on Jesus.

Today’s Challenge: Minimize the distractions if you can, your life will be filled with so much more Joy. Remember Judas was distracted by his desire for money, and that led him to sin.

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Lenten Season - Day 36

BEADS OF JOY 4-03-12 “Love One Another – Be Strong”
©2012 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

Tuesday of Holy Week ~Lenten Season – Day 36
My Friends,

It seems like we are on a similar tone like yesterday’s blog and scripture. Today we are reading John 13:21-38 (Jesus Foretells Peter's Denial) Jesus teaches us here that He has given us a new commandment, "A new commandment, I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another." v.34. Can we obey such a commandment? Can we follow Jesus to the cross by putting everyone else before ourselves? By God's grace we can. The society we live in is all about itself; its lusts, its wealth; its greed, and sadly its pride. It's so sad, but Jesus' way is opposite the grain of the new world we live in. Yes I purposely said new world. This so called perfect world that some politicians think can be created; is actually a very diabolical way of destroying all that we value amongst the faithful, and given to the ungodly. We as Catholics must stand strong in our faith. Me speaking personally for myself: I'd gladly die defending what I believe in my faith, I will never deny Jesus. I refuse to go to my grave and have to explain to God that I gave into everything that offends Him. Nothing, I'll say it again, NOTHING in this life should ever derail your love for Jesus, Nothing. Be strong, be bold. This world cannot take, destroy or kill anything that is in your heart. No powers or authorities, or legislation can touch it. A person in prison can really be freer than the one living in a mansion.

This reading also spoke of how Peter was going to deny Jesus three times. Ok there's another example we can also learn from. Peter in all his wisdom and all his love for Jesus; still fell victim to the very weakness of the world around us that I was just talking about. But we know what he did and how he handled it. He got himself right back on track with God asking for forgiveness. Watch the scene in the movie The Passion of the Christ. Peter after denying Jesus three times, fell to his knees before Our Blessed Mother and clearly acknowledged his wrong doing and his unworthiness. I realize that's a movie. But we all know Peter repented. We must do all we can in our weakness, to hold strong and not give up. We will fall, no matter who we are or how strong we think we are, remember we all will fall from time to time. No one is so perfect, and if you think you are; then in my opinion you’re not out in the trenches enough fighting to defend our Lord and sharing His love with others. That’s just my opinion. But to me, you’re not a hero in a battle if all you do is watch it on TV.

Look at the Stations of the Cross as a clear example of how Jesus who has the power of God within Himself; fell three separate times as He carried His enormous cross. But also note that after every fall, He got up and continued. He didn't give up or give in and let the violent mean society of people around Him who hated Him do anything to Him that would take Him away from His will that saved us. Never let this world's distractions make you lose sight of God. And also don't fall victim to believing there is no God. This world is very subtle in its wicked ways. But then satan doesn't only attack us with a sword, sometimes he uses a tasty chocolate cake LOL (opps sorry), or a simple law that "sounds" like it's protecting the innocent, when it actually will increase their deaths by 30%. And then honest God fearing people line themselves up behind the lie; and many become mislead. We need to do our own diligence in our lives. Stay true to God, we will all fall short and we will all sin and we will from time to time make some seriously bad choices. But remember we are human, and our strengths are weakened by our original sin. But that must not discourage us.

So after all this has been said, what should we do? I think the two examples here and the wisdom in scripture show us that: We must love others as Jesus has and does love us, and we should never be weakened by our own weaknesses. Sometimes the only way we really learn, is from our own weaknesses, and most of us know what they are. So staying focused in prayer and obedience to His word, and by doing all we can to continually grow spiritually; we will most likely be more ready than if we did nothing. Our radar will always be up watching out for us, and watch what moves opposite the grain of our Lords teachings. I have many friends who are part of the ROTC in Niagara Falls, NY. We lived right behind the Air Force base, and one thing I noticed all the near nine years we lived there was; the planes kept flying every couple hours in a huge round circle around the entire county. Twenty four hours a day. They had a pretty large fleet of planes. So one day it came to mind and I asked a friend of mine, "Why do you guys keep flying, day in and day out? You never go anywhere." She looked at me and said, "We always have to be ready. We never know if we'll be needed and if we get the call and a couple of hundred of us need to get deployed somewhere and it's urgent. We have to be ready, so these planes must be kept, functionally ready at all times, to be ready at the spur of the moment without time to prepare." I thought, Oh wow, that response can be used in our lives when it comes to being ready in our lives spiritually. Hope this was helpful.

Today's Challenge: Starting today, let us be “ready” at all times, ready to serve Him, ready to love Him, ready to defend Him; and even in our weakness, let us be ready to repent and realize what we have done, and do all we can to correct it.

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS

Monday, April 2, 2012

Lenten Season - Day 35

BEADS OF JOY 4-02-12 “God’s Love is Limitless”
©2012 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

Monday of Holy Week ~Lenten Season – Day 35
My Friends,

Holy week has begun. The sorrow of a most challenging week will end in the joy of a most Blessed Easter morning. Today we are reflecting on John 12:1-11 (Lazarus's Sister Mary Anoints Jesus). I don't know can we possibly comprehend what it means to have a love for someone that is literally limitless and has no bounds whatsoever? Mary, precious Mary, sister of Lazarus, was so thankful, and appreciative of the love God had in raising her brother; that she used the most expensive, extravagant fragrant she owned and used it to anoint the feet of Jesus. And then she used her hair to wipe away her tears that she cried on His feet. Can we use all we have in something that we see as value, and spend it all on Jesus? I mean completely using all it for His glory. Now you realize it doesn't have to be a fragrance, it can be money, a car, a house, our time, and our skills. What do we possess that can not only be used to glorify God; but we can show Jesus that He comes first in our lives, not this item.

Mary sister of Lazarus has taught us a most precious lesson. Do we allow our love for Jesus to literally rule our lives? I know in today's time that may sound impossible. But I will tell you, it's not. I'm no angel, far from perfect. But you can eliminate all the distractions in your life so that in the end; pretty much all of your free time is all His, worshiping, praising, sharing and loving Him. Why do you think Judas was so harsh to Mary? His main focus was greed. He knew if he could sell the fragrance, he'd have more funds to tap into at his leisure. We can't allow anything in this world to have such a hold on us, especially something that would cause us to put Jesus second or even last in line in our lives. I don't care what you possess. You can have fifty trillion dollars, one hundred homes worldwide and dozen jets. When you stand before God on the last day, you will be equal with the homeless person in God's sight. What you did with your life to glorify God; and if you have much stuff, you will be judged more, because you have been entrusted with more. The homeless person may have been put into the situation by sad circumstances, but loved and thanked God for all they had. These things I believe are important to stay in our thoughts throughout our lives; mostly so we don't lose sight of what really matters. And stuff only matters when it glorifies God.

Now I hope this doesn’t sound morbid, but it's an important thought. I read it many years ago. "It don't matter if you’re rich or poor, when a dead body decays, they both smell the same." And you know that's the inevitable hard truth. The one equalizer in this life is death. You can't take anything with you, and no title or amount of money mean anything. What will matter is how we prioritized our lives. And where did God and Jesus exist in our lives? Now let's not let judging or comparing others are any part of what we do in our own lives. That's another bad road to go down. Instead, let's look at what blessing we have, and let's see how we can use them, share them, or give them in such a way that brings glory to God. Again I look at my life and see that if you do prioritize Jesus as always first, and your heart really skips a beat thinking about Jesus and His Mother. Believe me you will never allow anything or anyone to take precedence over them. I believe what we all must do is one by one, look at everything that consumes our time, our thoughts and our money; and then one by one eliminate the distractions and turn it into a blessing.

Do I sound like I am talking crazy? I guess maybe some might agree, but you know I don't agree. I'm not saying stop family trips and family fun. I'm saying do you really need to have four cars because they make you feel and look good? Can you maybe rather try to see how maybe the sale of one or two or even three of those cars, can bless a struggling family or relative. Or maybe adopt a child who really wants to be loved. God has a plan for all of us; we can't allow these huge road blocks of selfish pride stop us from being God fearing, God loving people who care more about others than ourselves. Selfishness is all about you, and if self is all that matters, how sad a life you have lived. Yea maybe you had fantastic brand new vehicles and a huge beautiful home and lots of money; but in comparison to a devoted life seeking out God's will, and a selfless heart only desiring to put everyone else's needs before your own wants, I'd rather be the latter. Sad is the life of a person holding on to their treasures as the ship sinks refusing to let it go.

Today's Challenge: Let us observe Mary's love and priorities in the life she lived; she has set us a wonderful example of how saying “yes” to God, leads to a life of complete obedience that places God first.

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Palm Sunday of Lent 2012

BEADS OF JOY 4-01-12 “Jesus' Entry Into Jerusalem”
©2012 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

Today is Palm Sunday in Lenten Season Time B
My Friends,

Happy Palm Sunday ! It's funny not many people say that today, though some of my Facebook friends have. I am impressed, thanks. Today is a most joyous day for us to celebrate. Today the Passion Narrative actually begins and it begins a way that kind of makes you wonder, we start out with praise and love, all for Jesus; and not that much later this is followed by a crucifixion and hatred. Today Jesus arrives in Jerusalem, and He is welcomed with open arms, cloaks and palm are laid out on the ground for Jesus as He arrived on a colt (a colt is a sign of peace). Today's scripture can be found in Mark 14:1-15:47 (The Passion Narrative). There is so much joy for us to celebrate and so much joy to share together. Today we can spend some time in our reflection wondering: Do we really welcome Jesus into our hearts, our lives, our homes, our conversations, our thoughts, our motives? Do we really embrace Him into our lives? Or do we like those we read about in scripture turn on Jesus if what He says isn't what we want to hear? There are many questions in this paragraph. Let's take it nice and slow and even reread the scripture. He is our Teacher, and our Master. Let us embrace Him, His Word and what love He has given to us; we who are so unworthy of His love.

Jesus came into the world to die for us. It was the plan from the start, God knew it and so did Jesus. And we see by the words Mary spoke to Jesus at the Wedding at Cana that she knew there was a special plan for her Son. How can a body of people embrace and love someone so much; and then shortly after that turn against them? Jesus showed us true humility as He arrived in Jerusalem. Let us live our lives in such a way that we are humble, before God and before others. Here's a glance of the coming Passion our Lord shall endure.

The Passion Narrative (Mark 14:1-15:47)
Mark 14:1-11 (Jesus is Anointed in Bethany)
Mark 14:12-26 (The Last Supper)
Mark 14:27-31 (Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial)
Mark 14:32-42 (Agony in The Garden)
Mark 14:43-52 (Jesus is Arrested)
Mark 14:53-65 (Jesus before the Sanhedrin)
Mark 14:66-72 (Peter Disowns Jesus)
Mark 15:1-15 (Jesus before Pilate)
Mark 15:16-20 (The Soldiers Mock Jesus)
Mark 15:21-32 (The Crucifixion of Jesus)
Mark 15:33-41 (The Death of Jesus)
Mark 15:42-47 (The Burial of Jesus)

Let us offer up this day to those who are rejected, and even more so those who were initially loved and then rejected. We can kind of see how some children who are killed in abortion can even be seen in this way. I know of some people who just abort their children because they didn't want more kids, unfortunate even those in my extended family. I am so ashamed of their selfish actions. They are married and in love, and it was through love that this wonderful child has been created, but in the end the child was betrayed and killed; just as our Lord has been. Jesus shares with us how important it is that we like Him forgive those who betray the innocent. It's not going to be easy by no means. I will be the first to admit it and say I will not go without stamping my feet and screaming. But through the grace of God I will forgive them. We need to pray for the betrayers of the innocent. We have been placed in their lives to pray for them.

Prayer of Forgiveness
Dear Lord, today I ask you to open my heart to learn from you, how to be more like you, in forgiving not only those who betrayed and killed you; but to forgive all those who betray the innocence of an unborn child and kill them. You know me better than I do; it's not going to be easy for me. Please help guide me even closer to you, as you give me the strength and grace to open my heart and love for everyone you have died for. For you didn't come to save only the righteous, but sinners, and all of us are sinners; Thank you, Lord for always making everything in my life be what you want it to be. I desire nothing if it is not of you. My life is perfect, even in its imperfections, because I embrace only you. Your will is mine, nothing else matters. Thank You Lord, Glory and Honor and Praise to You Lord Jesus. Amen.

The Challenge: Make crosses with the palm you receive from Mass. LOL that can be a challenge for many of us. I have good moments and I have moments no matter what I do, they fall apart. Have Fun. I love doing this, I have been making them, since I was a kid; I could make them like a factory, literally over and over right in front of your eyes. My mom taught me when I was a kid.

Holy week begins today...

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS