Friday, June 15, 2012

Living Streams of Mercy

I started this blog 3 years ago during the month devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I did this on purpose because His Heart draws me like a magnet. I named this blog "The Beautiful Gate" because I am a "crippled beggar" who sits continuously at the Beautiful Gate of His Sacred Heart. I was once given the precious gift of seeing the Living Rays which pour forth from the Heart of Jesus. I am not a fancy writer and cannot find words that do justice to the unfathomable mercy of His Heart but on the feast of the Sacred Heart I'd like to say this:

Whenever you go to Adoration you are bathing in the Living Rays of Love and Mercy which flow from the Heart of the  Resurrected Christ. I am utterly aware of this when I go before the Blessed Sacrament. Though I can't see these Living Rays anymore, my soul knows without a doubt that this is exactly what is happening. 

This is what happens to you, too. May Christ be my witness to this truth.

"The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the depths of My tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross. Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him (299). By means of this image I shall grant many graces to souls. It is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no avail without works." ( Diary of St. Faustina, 742)

"But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,
they did not break his legs,
but one soldier thrust his lance into his side,
and immediately blood and water flowed out."     (Jn 19: 33,34)

Jesus, thank you for giving us Your Heart.


  1. Thank you and Praise you Lord always.

  2. I just love this solemnity, Mary. The Divine Mercy is such a beautiful extension, continuation (for lack of better words) of the Sacred Heart Devotion. On those days when I go to my holy hour and can;t pray the way I usually do, I just sit and think about those rays coming from His heart in the monstrance.

    Just to let you know~the numbers in the "prove you are not a robot" code are 333 :)

  3. Hi Kathryn,
    I'll go with that! Amen!

  4. Hi Victor,
    I thought this was a fitting post after the one about the judgment of Gloria Polo. The answer to all this is Jesus :)

  5. Karin,
    Yes, I've always considered the Divine Mercy an extension of of the Sacred Heart Devotion too. I sit and say nothing in those rays a lot also. though sometimes my head just gabs away to the Lord and I can't shut it up :)

    Funny you should get 333 after this post. I use Mary 333 because of page 333 in the Diary of St. Faustina (plus the Lord thinks it's humorous to wake me up at that time). Coincidence? Too odd that you would get 333 on a post about the Heart of Jesus and the Divine Mercy and the fact that I took the 333 from a page in St. Faustina's Diary :) Thanks for telling me. Even odder is that I was just e-mailing with another blogger about this subject. My time on this blog is 3 hours off (I never fixed it) so your comment came through my e-mail right as I was reading hers :) God is funny like that!

  6. I was just dropping in to leave an "amen" about the post, and found it interesting about the 333 "coincidence". So.. I looked up page 333 in St. Faustina's Diary (I don't know if the pages are the same in paperback and hardback and which you have... I am looking at the hardcover). Lo and behold. My eyes fell on the VERY passage I was looking for last night and couldn't find in that! "...let all mankind recognize My unfathomable mercy. After it will come the day of justice. While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fount of My Mercy."

    And all I intended to write in this comment was "amen." ....

  7. Hi Nancy,
    Glad we could be of help ;) Yes, that is that (full) passage is the reason I put the 333 after my name. It goes on to say "let them profit from the Blood and Water which gushed forth for them."

    I love God-incidences :) Thanks for sharing.

  8. Oh, and Nancy? I'm glad you didn't stop at the amen :)

  9. This is such a beautiful post Mary!

  10. Beautiful post, Mary. Although I have never seen them, I too sense those Rays enveloping us when we kneel before Jesus in adoration. I also think about the verse from the Psalms which says, "Let Your Face shine upon us and we shall be saved."

    Great mysteries of love and intimacy transpire with Jesus in adoration...only in Heaven will we truly know.

    Thank you for sharing His Love!


  11. Hi Patricia,
    Love that verse from the Psalms! I love to think about what we will see we are in heaven. God keeps many things "hidden" from us here but we will see clearly on the other side!

    God bless!

  12. Hi Mary
    Thank you for this post. I have been thinking about this kind of thing lately: how Jesus isn't so 'obviously' apparent to us most of the time. Hence, many people don't believe in transubstantiation. And even when Jesus was living on this earth, He physically came into contact with people who didn't realise who He 'really' was.

  13. Mary this is so incredibly beautiful. You have been very blessed and I appreciate that you share this as it is so encouraging. God bless!!

  14. Hi Kee,
    It's true, many Catholics don't believe in the True Presence anymore and it's sad. Same as when He was on earth, many didn't recognize Him then either. Great comment!

  15. Hi Colleen,
    Thanks! It's so good to "see" you :) I hope you and your family are well! Did you get the e-mail I sent you?

    Missed you!

  16. It is less than a year that I learned about the wonders of the Divine Mercy. I am so glad you have had such a beautiful experience!

  17. Hi Monica,
    Thank you. It was a great blessing in my life. No doubt some kind souls were interceding for me and obtained this gift from the Lord. I had left the Church when I was young and this grace brought about my conversion. Needless to say, I love this devotion.

    God bless!

  18. just hit me that when Karinann mentioned *333*, I thought how often that number comes to me. I just said to my husband a week or so ago that I always seem to look at the clock when it's 3:33 either am or pm depending if I am not sleeping.

    For what it's worth, I thought it was kind of funny that it came to me!

  19. Theresa,
    Oh, that happens to me all the time :) It started right after my conversion and never stopped. My mom, my dad, my brothers and one of my sisters!! Plus other people I know, including some bloggers. It's become a big joke in my house. Thanks for letting me know that this happens to you. I once wrote a post asking whether this happened to other people also. Michael Brown (from Spirit Daily) said it was his favorite number (he was writing about this phenomenon) so I guess it happens to him too.

  20. How wonderful that you were able to see the rays of His love and then to carry that memory in your heart!

    On the Feast of Corpus Christi, after my family and I had decided to remain at our parish, I was honored to lector and from my seat near the altar, as the Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist were returning the unconsumed hosts to the tabernacle, I could so easily feel/see Jesus passing right before my eyes. I suppose that's the closest I ever felt to seeing any type of sign of the presence of God. It gave me chills.

  21. Hi Anne,
    Yes, it's something so firmly imprinted on my soul that I could never, ever, forget it.

    What a beautiful story! Too feel God's presence so strongly is such a blessing! On the Feast of Corpus Christi at that! Thank you for sharing it. I wish more people would tell others about their experiences of God touching their hearts in special ways. I love reading them :)