Daily Prayer for Priests

O my Jesus, I beg You on behalf of the whole Church ... give us holy priests. You yourself maintain them in holiness.

O Divine and Great High Priest, may the power of Your mercy accompany them everywhere and protect them from the devil's traps and snares, which are continually being set for the souls of priests.

May the power of Your Mercy, O Lord, shatter and bring to naught all that might tarnish the sanctity of priest, for You can do all things. - St. Faustina (Diary, 1052)

Know the Real Enemy!

My Dear People,

God’s Mercy and Compassion is far beyond our understanding. We cannot comprehend Our Lord’s deeply rooted love for us. We would weep copiously if we ever came to know fully God’s love and His care for us. It is the awesomeness of his love that can transform our lives and become the source of our healing. The Gospel today teaches us something about God’s Divine Mercy. The parable of the workers show that we cannot fathom the depths of God’s charity. He loves the just and the unjust, the saint and the sinner alike. We however, find it very difficult to love our enemies, even within our own family.

Not recognizing who the real enemy really is keeps us in the dark. Satan is the one who seeks to separate and divide. Jesus tried teaching the Apostles this fact. The seed of the devil had been sown among them and come to sprout in Judas Iscariot. Even St. Peter denied Christ, but he also accepted Our Lord’s Mercy and forgiveness. So the key to real healing in our lives comes from embracing Divine Mercy. Plead the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ over all of your enemies. Pray for their healing and conversion. Know God’s true peace in doing so.

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,
Fr. Mark Bozada

May we be merciful to God’s Mercy and Compassion.

Unforgiveness Causes Great Hatred and Division

My Dear People,

It was ten years ago today that the horrible tragic attack on the United States by terrorist Muslims took place. The revenge can be traced all the way back to the Old Testament unforgiveness between Isaac and Ishmael. Isaac is the ancestor of the Jewish nation. Ishmael is the father of the Muslim nation. This sibling rivalry is deeply rooted in the family tree of man. Abraham was the father of both. Before Sarah could conceive her son Isaac, Abraham had relations with her maidservant and bore Ishmael. Once Isaac was born, Sarah cast out Ishmael and his mother into the desert.

This caused great hatred and division in the family of Abraham. The unforgiveness continues thousands of years after the fact. Our pro-Israeli sentiment is what spurred on the 9-11 attack by the Muslims. Isaac’s descendents are still at war with Ishmael’s descendents. It is a rift that only Jesus Christ can heal. Pray for the healing of this deeply rooted family unforgiveness. Sin cuts and divides all people, even many years after the fact. But Jesus Christ makes all things NEW! Ask Our Lord to mend the brokenness in our world and in our own families.

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,
Fr. Mark Bozada

May we always be ready to give the healing and peace in our families.

Since We Suffer Anyway…

Why Not Suffer For The Sake Of Our Eternal Salvation?

My Dear People,

Redemptive suffering is not an easy topic of discussion. We spend a good deal of our time avoiding pain. Television commercials abound with drug commercials promising less pain. So why did Jesus rebuke St. Peter when he told Jesus that He need not suffer? “You are an obstacle to me. You are not thinking like God but as man.” Then Jesus proceeds to tell them that they must each take up their crosses daily and follow Him. So why all the emphasis on suffering? Life is a struggle from birth to the grave. It is laced with one trial after another. Since we must suffer anyway, why not for the sake of our eternal salvation?

That is why Jesus says we must daily embrace our crosses. SO, how does this happen? When we take our trials big and small, and place them at the foot of the Holy Cross, Jesus elevates them to His Sacred Heart. This perfects our sufferings through His ultimate sacrifice upon the Cross. Then, these graces are returned to us so that we might benefit from them. They are also stored for us in Heaven. It is like a double coupon day; we gain graces on earth, and in Heaven. What have we got to lose? We have everything to gain through Christ Jesus Our Lord.

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,

Fr. Mark Bozada

May we always be willing to take up our cross each day and unite it to the cross of Christ Jesus.

St. Peter and His Successors Have Authority and Control

My Dear People,

Christ Gives His Authority to St. Peter and His Successors

 

“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” This is St. Peter as he is confessing his belief in Our Lord. When St. Peter speaks for himself, he speaks for the whole Church. We are included. Jesus then confers His authority to Peter when He declares him the “rock”. From this beginning foundation Christ hands on the “keys” to the Kingdom to the “rock”.

Those who have keys, have authority and control. Until the return of Jesus Christ, St. Peter and his successors have the responsibility of protecting and defending the Church. Now Pope Benedict carries the torch until his death. Then his successor continues on until the Second Coming of Christ. So, we the Church, long for the completion of God’s mission and plan. We hope to complete our part in the mission. We long to see Our Lord face to face. Come Lord Jesus, COME!

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,

Fr. Mark Bozada

May we always long for the return of Jesus Christ, Our Lord & Savior.

Father Bozada: Mary Never Left the Boundaries Of The Perfect Love Of The Holy Trinity!

My Dear People,


The Assumption of Our Lady, body and soul into Heaven at the moment of her death, is a testimony on God the Father’s behalf concerning Jesus’ Mother. The Council of Ephesus (5th Century) calls her the “Theotokos” or “God Bearer”. From the moment of Mary’s conception in St. Anne’s womb until the time Mary drew her last breath, She remained sinless. St. Maximillion Kolbe describes Our Blessed Mother’s presence never leaving the boundaries of the perfect love of the Most Holy Trinity.

How perfect was her existence here on Earth. How “queenly” Her presence in all of eternity. What great love the Father bestowed on Mary Our Mother in Heaven. How blessed are we to be called her children. We, poor banished children of Eve, have access to the maternal Mercy of the New Eve always. Ask for Mary’s help daily. Pray your rosary daily. Cover all of the people in your own family with her Holy Mantle. Stay close to the Queen of Heaven, now and at the hour of your death.

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,
Fr. Mark

May we always long for the maternal protection of Our Heavenly Queen, Mary the “Theotokos”.

Fr. Bozada: Invest In Eternity

My Dear People,

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure buried in a field. Once found, this treasure becomes the focal point of one’s life. Worth more than anything in this world, the treasure of everlasting life pays into our eternity  Think about that for one moment. “What else in your present life will last forever?” Absolutely nothing. There are no U-Hauls in Heaven. We take nothing with us into our caskets, except our corpses. So why not invest in the treasures that carry on into eternity?

When we choose to focus on our future with the Lord in Heaven, we benefit both now and later. Jesus asked the Apostles, “Do you understand these things?” Then you must learn from my instruction. Be careful not to be deceived. Store up for yourselves a treasure in Heaven. Then you will grow in grace, now and into eternity.

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,

Fr. Mark Bozada

May we always be ready to serve the Lord in what we say and do.

 

What is a Good Steward?

My Dear People,

Numbers in the Sacred Scriptures are very symbolic of deeper mysteries. When Mathew speaks of bearing “good seed” 100, or 60, or 30 fold, he does so to make a point. We are blessed twice every time we submit our personal will over to Our Heavenly Father’s Divine Will for us. God is never outdone by our generosity.

Like the loaves and the fish, just a little can be blessed, and be made to go a very long way. The seed represents the grace God bestows on everyone. We need to invest these gifts and graces come down from Heaven. We then place them at the service of the Church. This is what it means to be good stewards.

A steward is placed in charge of his master’s property and goods. Any master will expect a return on his earthly goods. So too, Our Lord expects a return on His “goods” given to us.

When we completely surrender to Jesus, He blesses us a “100 fold”. This gives great glory to His Father. In turn it blesses His Church. What gifts do you have to offer? What is the Father’s will for you in serving His Church? Always be willing and ready to invest yourself and your talents in Our Lord.

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,

Fr. Mark Bozada

May we sow the seeds of the Holy Spirit on the path of our journey.

What Other Faith Has Our Eucharistic Lord?

Parents, Siblings, Cousins Or Friends Abandon
Our Eucharistic Lord For Greener Pastures!

My Dear People,

Why Our Lord would be so merciful and so generous as to leave us His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity for our ongoing sanctification is a complete mystery. When Jesus first taught His disciples, “Unless you eat my Body and drink my Blood, you will have NO life in you” many left Him. He turned to Peter and the Apostles and asked if they were leaving as well. Peter speaks up and says, “Lord to whom shall we go; You have the words of everlasting life.”

O Salutaris Hostia

The Holy Eucharist, Our Bread Of Life

Our first Pope speaks for all of us in the declaration. What other denomination, what other faith can we go to, to find our Eucharistic Lord? And yet today, in all of our families we find parents, siblings, cousins and friends abandoning the Eucharist in search of something better. These apostates are no different than the first disciples who abandoned Our Eucharistic Lord in search for “greener” pastures.

Do not stop praying for the lost sheep. Jesus longs for their return. Pray for your conversion and theirs that we might always seek Him in the Holy Eucharist!

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,

Fr. Mark Bozada

May we always be merciful and generous to His Body and Blood.