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Divine Mercy Novena Day 5

I don't always understand why some people leave the Catholic faith. The more deeply I've delved into it...the more inseparable we became. As I delved deeper, I found the answers to the inner rebellions I had and ended up seeing why the Church stands behind her teachings...regardless of strict or out-dated as popular media seems to paint them. Not too many people take the path I've taken and no path is the same. Some paths lead you closer to the religion of your childhood...and others lead you farther away. This is something I've had to come to terms with as I continued on in my professional career. As much as I hate using stereotypes, I cannot help but feel that religion isn't a big thing for many of the people in my field and even in neighboring fields.

As I've grown older, I have known people that have taken all sorts paths. I have known people that have drifted to and from the Catholic faith (sometimes, there's even one or two that seem to yo-yo back and forth between Catholicism and other faiths). Sometimes they leave it for another faith...and other times they leave it for...well, something else entirely. Sometimes people give in to the world's negativity regarding mass attendance, organized religion, new mass translations, etc. etc. etc. As someone who has followed a path in life where one does not find too many uber-religious folk, I have encountered a lot of people with a lot of different stories. Not all of them were Catholic and not all of them were Christian. They came from different walks of life and from different faiths...but stopped being an active part of that faith for some time. AND YET, I cannot help but sense that some of them aren't as happy as they thought they would be when they first started out in their journey....

"....Our Hearts are Restless Until They Rest in You..."

When it comes to spiritual journeys, I do what I can to help and understand those who are still journeying. I still put my hiking boots and walking stick to good use as I continue in my own journey...so I can hardly criticize someone else for taking another path. Who knows, as different as this other person's path may be...it may lead to the same destination. Today we are called to pray for those who may not be on a path that leads them closer  to Christ....because they may just a little help with their compass as they continue on their journey towards being the next St. Augustine (author of the quote above).

DAY 5
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"Today bring to Me the Souls of those who have separated themselves from My Church and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the Church My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion." 

Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son's Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Pax Vobiscum

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