My name is Father Ed Broom. I’m an Oblate of the Virgin Mary. I’d like to welcome you to our Perseverance family conversation and as always, it’s great to be with all of you on this wonderful Saturday. And as always, we like to start off our conversation by inviting Mary to be with us. Mary has many wonderful titles. Mary is the Mother of God, Mary is the Mother of the Church, Mary’s the mother of each and every one of us. Then as we prayed the Hail Holy Queen, Mary is also our life, our sweetness and our hope.
As we start off this day, let us lift up our minds, our heart, and our souls to Mary, who is truly our life, our sweetness and our hope. Together: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary. Mother of God pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death, Amen.
Now we like to invite to be with us our Spiritual Director. Our Spiritual Director is the Holy Spirit of God. What a great grace and privilege it is to have the Holy Spirit to be our spiritual guide. Like Mary, the Holy Spirit has many wonderful titles. The Holy Spirit is known as the Paraclete. The Holy Spirit is also known as the Gift of gifts. Holy Spirit is also known as the Sweet guest of the soul. Holy Spirit is also known as the Sanctifier you makes us holy. Holy Spirit is also known as our Consoler.
In the midst of many trials and tribulations in life, there’s the Holy Spirit that will give us great consolation. Holy Spirit is also known as the Counselor. He will give us proper advice as we pursue true holiness of life. Holy Spirit is our Interior Master or Teacher. Saint Paul and his letter to the Romans says that we really don’t know the praise we ought, but it’s the Holy Spirit that intercedes for us so that we can say “Abba, Father”. We don’t know how to pray as we ought, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us that we can say “Abba, Father” that we can talk to God is our loving Father.
Beg the Holy Spirit to give us a lot of light in our intellect and the fire of love to burn ardently in their hearts as we pray the classical prayer to the Holy Spirit, which many, many of you already have memorized. That prayer is: Come Holy Spirit. Fill the hearts of your faithful and it enkindle within us the fire of your Divine love, send forth your spirit, and they shall be created, and thou shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray. Oh God, who did instruct the hearts of your faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us that by the same Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolation through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, to the Holy Spirit. As it was in beginning is now and ever shall be world without end. Amen. Lady Fatima, pray for us. Saint Joseph, pray for us. Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us. St Gabriel, pray for us. Saint Raphael, pray for us. Saint Bernadine of Siena, pray for us. Saint Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us. Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, pray for us. All God’s, angels, and Saints, pray for us. In the name of the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit. Amen.
I will pray for you in the greatest of all prayers. The greatest of all prayers is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. There’s no prayer in the world more powerful than the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. I’d like to place all of your in in your intentions on the altar. And offer these specific intentions.
First, I’d like to pray that all of us would be open to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit, we’ve already started our Novena to the Holy Spirit. That we would be open to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit and that we could pray often this prayer. “Come, Holy Spirit, come. Come, Holy Spirit, come through the heart of Mary.
My next intention, I’d like to pray for our families, for the the conversion family members. Pray for the conversion of our family members, the sanctification of our family members, and I’d to pray also for the eternal salvation of our family members. I’d like to pray also for those who will be dying sometime this day. Our Lord said, “what does it profit a man if he gained the whole world and lose his soul in the process?” So like to pray for the dying, I’d also like to pray for those who are dying who are perhaps they’re not well disposed in this moment. So that through our prayers, they would open up the God’s infinite mercy and be saved. So those intentions like lay on the altar and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
I’d like to give all of us a certain liturgical orientation. Where are we right now liturgically? Well, we went through the 40 days of Lent, in which you’re trying to live out Lent, as Father Al Hall said, “we’re called to go up, to go in and to go out”. To go up through prayer, to go in through a life of penance and mortification, and we go out by practicing charity toward all we meet. We can take Matthew chapter 25 as a biblical verse to motivate us! Jesus said: “I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was naked and you clothed me; I was in prison and you visited me; I was a foreigner, and you’re welcome me”. Whenever we did to the least of our brothers and sister, we did it to Christ! So, we want to go up, we want to go in, and we want to go out, not only in the time of Lent, but all the days of our life.
Then we entered into what is called Holy Week. With Palm Sunday. We started Holy with a Passion Week with Palm Sunday. Culminating in what is called the Easter Triduum. Easter Triduum are three days in the very heart of Holy Week. Holy Thursday, we thank God for the Eucharist and the priesthood. They’re Jesus Institute at the Last Supper. We thank God Good Friday for having. Christ having shed his blood for our salvation. Holy Saturday, we spent time with Mary reliving the Passion of Christ through her eyes and through her heart. And that very night we celebrated the Easter Vigil Mass, in which we celebrated the key event in our catholic faith!
And that is the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That’s right! We celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, who’s truly risen from the dead! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! This is the day the Lord has made, let us be glad and rejoice in it, Alleluia. The beautiful Easter Vigil Mass in which the neophytes were baptized they made their First Communion, and they were Confirmed! That holy night in which we lifted on high Jesus Christ, the Light of the World!
Easter, my friends, is the is a very culminating high point of our Catholic faith! What it means that Jesus truly rose from the dead. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! The fact that He rose from the dead, we one day will also participate in the Lord’s Paschal mystery and His resurrection. We die with Him, then we’ll rise with Him to new life in this short life in which we live. We’re all headed toward eternal life in heaven. We should all have a longing for heaven! Saint Paul says: “Eye has not seen, ear, has not heard, nor has it entered into the mind of man the wonderful things that God has prepared for those who love him”. Beautiful words! And Jesus said Saint Paul says also: “The suffering of this present life are nothing in comparison with the glory of the sons and daughters of God”. Jesus consoles us with these words in the Gospel of John: “I am going now to prepare a place for you. So that where I am, you also might be. In my father’s home, there are many mansions. If it were not so, I would not tell you”. I’m going to prepare a place for you. So all of you have a place prepared for you in heaven. How encouraging those words of Christ! How encouraging!
So, for whole week rather, eight days we celebrated. The great mystery of our Lord’s Resurrection from the dead. This is the day the Lord has made. Let us be glad and rejoice in it. Alleluia. Hallelujah. Hallelujah. So that whole. Week We’re celebrating with great joy, Christ being raised from the dead. Then the 8th day of Easter we celebrated at night another great solemnity, and this is the solemnity of Divine Mercy.
It was Pope St. John Paul II that instituted this Solemnity. He did this, my friends. And the year 2000! Actually in April 30th the year 2000, John Paul II carried out two very important actions. Some say that he said that that was the happiest day in his life. Because John Paul II instituted the Solemnity of Divine Mercy. I exhort you to read the Diary of Divine Mercy in my soul with St. Faustina Maria Kowalska. And that same day, April 30th year 2000. Saint John Paul II canonized the first Saint in the new Millennium; and that was related to Divine Mercy Sunday.
That was Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska. She was the first Saint to be canonized in the year 2000, the new Millennium. Known as the Secretary of Divine Mercy. John Paul II considered that day to be one of the happiest days in his life. Let us pray with the Psalmist: “Give thanks to the Lord for His mercy, for his mercy endures forever”. And if we want to experience God’s mercy, then we should try to. Break God’s mercy to others. Now my friends, they thought of it was opportune today in our conversation. Just go through the. Liturgical church here. To see where we’re at, you give us a certain orientation. So. With Easter. We have the Easter day that lasts 8 days. And then?
Most diocese in the United States, specifically, Los Angeles, where I am present, tonight and tomorrow we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into heaven! The Second Glorious Mystery. And what this Liturgical celebration means i s that the end of the earthly life of Christ. The end of his earthly life after he died and rose from the dead. He appeared several times to his Disciples; to Mary Magdalene, to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, to his disciples in the Upper Room, to the Blessed Virgin Mary, to Saint Paul, the 500 people at the same time. That’s what we’re celebrating today!
This evening and tomorrow will be celebrating, my friends, the Ascension of our Lord and to heaven. The Lord said: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, and believe in me. I’m going to prepare a place for you so that where I am, you also might be. In my father’s home, there are many mansions”. So we rejoice in that! We rejoice that our Lord went to heaven to prepare a place for us. Once again, I’d like to apologize to all of you because. I’ve been given the 8:00 o’clock mass this morning. But the good news is I will be placing all of you on the altar. That all of you. One day we’ll go to heaven. So I’d like to give you my priestly blessing and then tomorrow I’ll be with you for the full hour. But I’ll be placing you all on the altar list. This very day. And of course, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is by far the greatest prayer in the whole world. So they’re to give you my priestly blessing. The Lord be with you. Mail, lady. God bless you. The Father. And the sun. And the Holy Spirit, this is the day the Lord has made. Let us be glad and rejoice in you. And I’m your host Father Broom, Oblate of the Virgin Mary.