Do not be alarmed when the altar and the ark are taken from your midst…

2 Maccabees 2:5-7 Jeremiah came and found a cave-dwelling and he brought there the tent and the ark and the altar of incense; then he sealed up the entrance. Some of those who followed him came up intending to mark the way, but could not find it. When Jeremiah learned of it, he rebuked them and declared: ‘The place shall remain unknown until God gathers his people together again and shows his mercy…’

“My beloved, do not be alarmed when the altar and the ark are taken from your midst. Know that when this happens, the Lord’s day of mercy is near. All these things have been revealed to you in Scripture. Then do not be afraid but offer all you can in the Divine Will. The great day of mercy is near—but so many will perish if you do not pray. Give me everything—give me souls! I am near to all who give me souls!”

Jesus help us to give you many souls. In your mercy multiply our efforts to the infinite in the Divine Will. Help us to always trust in your nearness even when all seems lost. Jesus we trust in you. Save souls! Amen.

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