My Second Nine First Fridays

Trusting in the Great Promise of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, by the grace of God and with the help of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, I will receive communion on the following First Fridays:

  1. First Friday of March 2, 2013.  (Received Communion at the Memorial Chapel, Yongsan Military Base, Seoul, South Korea)
  2. First Friday of April 5, 2013.
  3. First Friday of May 3, 2013.
  4. First Friday of June 7, 2013.
  5. First Friday of July 5, 2013.
  6. First Friday of August 2, 2013.
  7. First Friday of September 6, 2013.
  8. First Friday of October 4, 2013.
  9. First Friday of November 1, 2013.

With my heart filled with joy, I thank you, Jesus, for the truly extraordinary favor that you will give me by fulfilling this series of Nine Communions in your honor.  I humbly ask that the graces and favors be given to my parents, instead.  They are getting on in years and I pray that they will pass from this world into your friendship in Heaven.

Reflection for the First Friday of the First Month:

Without love for God and without his grace, what good would the bible and all of the doctrines of all the philosophers be?

“Vanity of vanities, all is vanity” (Eccl. 1:2), outside of loving God and serving him alone.  This is the utmost of knowledge: to aspire towards the celestial kingdoms, scorning this world.

Vanity, therefore, is a search for riches, which are destined to finish, placing our hope in them.  Vanity is also a sense of longing for honors and the desire to ascend to high condition.  Vanity is following carnal desire and aspiring towards things for which one must then be punished.  Vanity is aspiring to live long, without worrying about living a good life.  Vanity is worrying only about the present life and not looking towards the future.  Vanity is loving what is transient and not hurrying there, where eternal joy lasts.

Often recall the proverb: “The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing,” (Eccl. 1:8).  Ensure therefore that your heart is detached from love of the visible things of this earth and aspire towards the things of the heavens that we cannot see.

Those who go after their own senses stain their conscience and lose the grace of God.

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