9/30/2013

Memorial of the Guardian Angels



 Sermon on the Holy Guardian Angels by St. Bernard of Clairvaux

 In this sermon on the guardian angels, St. Bernard, a Doctor of the Church, helps  us see what an awesome gift from God our guardian angels are, and how we should appreciate and use that gift. 
"He hath given his angels charge over thee." O wonderful bounty and truly great love of charity! Who? For whom? Wherefore? What has He commanded? Let us study closely, brethren, and let us diligently commit to our memory this great mandate. Who is it that commands? Whose angels are they? Whose mandates do they fulfill? Whose will do they obey? In answer, "He hath given his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways." And they do not hesitate even to lift thee up in their hands.

So the Supreme Majesty has given charge to the angels. Yes, He has given charge to His own angels. Think of it! To those sublime beings, who cling to Him so joyfully and intimately, to His very own He has given charge over you! Who are you? "What is man that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him?" As if man were not rottenness, and the son of man a worm! Now why, do you think, he Has given them charge over thee? To guard thee!



With what great reverence should you treat this word! What devotion should you proffer it; what great confidence should you place in it. Reverence because of their presence; devotion because of their benevolence; confidence because of their solicitude. Walk carefully, in all thy ways, as one with whom the angels are present as He has given them charge. In every lodging, at every corner, have reverence for thy Angel. Do not dare to do in his presence what you would not dare to do if I were there. Or do you doubt that he is present present whom you do not behold? What if you should hear him? What if you should touch him? What if you should scent him? Remember that the presence of something is not proved only by the sight of things.

In this, therefore, brethren, let us affectionately love His angels as one day our future coheirs; meanwhile, however, as counselors and defenders appointed by the Father and placed over us. Why should we fear under such guardians? Those who keep us in all our ways can neither be overcome nor be deceived, much less deceive. They are faithful; they are prudent; they are powerful; why do we tremble? Let us only follow them, let us remain close to them, and in the protection of the God of heaven let us abide. As often, therefore, as a most serious temptation is perceived to weigh upon you and an excessive trial is threatening, call to your guard, your leader, your helper in your needs, in your tribulation; cry to him and say: "Lord, save us; we perish!"
 


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9/29/2013

God's beautiful garden





The next time you are tempted to compare yourself to others, or wish you had a gift of another, take heart in the thoughts of St. Francis DeSales, found in “Living Love”, a modern edition of his classic work: “Treatise on Love”


"Our spiritual make up is as varied as our physical.  Each person has distinct gifts. Our diversity is infinite. “The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another, and the stars another, and star differs from star in splendor” (1Cor 15:41). So it is with people. God’s grace comes in infinite variety."


"It is the same way in the spiritual dimension. Each of us has a particular “gift from God; one has this gift, another that” (1 Cor 7:7). It is disrespectful to ask why St. Paul and St. Peter did not have similar gifts and abilities. The church is a garden of with a great variety of plants. Each one has its value and charm.  It is the combination of their colors and textures that make the garden a thing of beauty."


 




9/05/2013

Diplomacy in Egypt and Syria

 This is an important article from the the Italian Newsletter "Chiesa", which covers religious articles, particularly the Catholic Church. I didn't want to copy and paste, so I'm posting the link. I recommend the article.

In Cairo the Lecture of Regensburg Is Relevant Again

Never has a pope been so clear and courageous in unveiling the roots of violence in Islam, before Benedict XVI. And not afterward, either. Two obligatory rereadings, to decipher the Egyptian crisis

by Sandro Magister

8/21/2013

Saint Pius X, Pope

     When I opened Universalis today, and saw the article on St. Pius X, I was immediately interested. In the 1950's Clinton and I were original members of a newly opened parish in Omaha, Nebraska named Pius X.  I wondered what was special about Pius X that a parish would be named after him. Unfortunately, I was not sufficiently curious about things Catholic at that time, but now I am, so it was with great interest I read about him today, and now I love him dearly.  
     There is a large and detailed article in the Catholic Encyclopaedia, but here is what Universalis wrote about him: 

UNIVERSALIS
Wednesday, week 20 of the year

St. Pius X , Pope (1835 – 1914)

            He was born in the Village of Riese, near Venice, one of ten children of a very poor family. He was ordained to the Priesthood at the age of 23.  He was successively bishop of Mantua and of Venice, and he was elected Pope, against his wishes, in 1903. In his time as Pope, he sought to “restore all things in Christ.” He insisted on separation of Church and State, and banned the formation of political associations that claimed exclusive sanction for their political programme, whether of the Left or of the right. He revised the code of Canon Law, founded an institute for scriptural studies, and initiated the revision of the translation of the Bible (the Vulgate) and the reform of the Liturgy.
            Before all else, his efforts were directed to the promotion of piety among the faithful, and he advised all to receive Holy Communion frequently and, if possible, daily, dispensing the sick from the obligation of fasting.
            In 1910, he recommended that the first communion of children should not be deferred too long after they had reached the age of discretion.
            The fiftieth anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, was an occation of which he took advantage to enjoin devotion to Mary. (Encyclical “Ad illum deum”, 2 February, 1904.)
            In 1907, he wrote the famous Encyclical, “Pascendi”, which expounds and condemns the system of Modernism, which points out the danger of Modernism in relation to philosophy, apologetics, exegesis, history, liturgy, and discipline, and shows the contradiction between that innovation and the ancient faith; and, finally it establishes rules by which to combat efficiently the pernicious doctrines in question.  Among the means suggested mention should be made of the establishment of an official body of “censors” of books and the creation of a “Committee of Vigilance”.
            He lived in great poverty even when he was Pope, and preached sermons every Sunday in the courtyards of the Vatican, to any who would listen. In his simplicity and goodness of heart, he performed miracles even when he was alive, and the clamour for his canonization began immediately after his death, on 20th August 1914, broken-hearted at the outbreak of the First World War.

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The story of the establishment of St. Pius X Parish, is almost as inspiring as the chronicles of Pius X.  All we had in 1950, was a piece of land, and a saintly priest to lead us - no buildings - just the land. Father James Kempker, our priest, led his young flock to take personal possession of the parish by enlisting us as volunteers to maintain the church and the grounds, planting the entire landscape ourselves, according to the plan laid out for us. The church building was a metal quonset hut which we later finished with a brick facade. It was spacious, and we furnished the interior beautifully, looking nothing like the steel building it was. The parishioners contributed generously, and the Priest invested his life's savings of $25,000 (significant in 1950) from his earnings as a Marine chaplain in WWII. His sacrifice inspired the backing and fidelity of his flock.
      
Soon, a school was built, opening with kindergarten, and each year adding another grade (all taught by nuns!Clinton and I were in our twenties, and were formed in parish participation by virtue of this saintly pastor, and the patronage of St. Pius X.
 

8/14/2013

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary with August 15 reserved for the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven

On November 1, 1950, Pius XII defined the dogma of the Assumption. Thus he solemnly proclaimed that the belief whereby the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the close of her earthly life, was taken up, body and soul, into the glory of heaven, definitively forms part of the deposit of faith, received from the Apostles.

That belief was ancient, dating back to the apostles themselves. What was clear from the beginning was that there were no relics of Mary to be venerated, and that an empty tomb stood on the edge of Jerusalem near the site of her death. That location also soon became a place of pilgrimage. 

At the Council of Chalcedon in 451, when bishops from throughout the Mediterranean world gathered in Constantinople, Emperor Marcian asked the Patriarch of Jerusalem to bring the relics of Mary to Constantinople to be enshrined in the capitol. The patriarch explained to the emperor that there were no relics of Mary in Jerusalem, that "Mary had died in the presence of the apostles; but her tomb, when opened later . . . was found empty and so the apostles concluded that the body was taken up into heaven."

8/11/2013

Holinesss for the Laity - Salesian Spirituality



St. Jane de Chantal – universal call to holiness 
Centuries ago, a French noblewoman whose husband had died suddenly was troubled in heart. He had been killed in a hunting accident, and she found it difficult to forgive the one responsible. Besides that, she was nearly forced to live in the estate of her father-in-law, a manipulative man whose servant-mistress treated her and her children with great disrespect.

The woman was Jane de Chantal, a pious mother of four living children. One day she traveled to meet the famous orator, Francis de Sales. The two met and began a strong friendship over the years, mainly through letters that they exchanged. Francis, a bishop, became her spiritual director, and the fruits of the friendship produced a spirituality uniquely appropriate for men and women in ordinary walks of life. Jane, along with Francis, founded the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary in 1610.

“Our riches are the virtues that flow from Christ’s gentleness, humility and simplicity,” says Sr. Susan Marie, president of the Order’s Second Federation in the
U.S. “Our hope is to entrust our spiritual inheritance to prayerful men and women today.”

Francis, now recognized among Catholics as a saint and doctor, or official teacher, in the Church, was inspired by Jane’s intense mystical love, especially as he penned the Treatise on the Love of God.

Longed for the Convent: 


Jane’s life was plagued with difficulties, but she had an intense desire for mystical prayer. She longed for life in the convent, and realized it in the founding of the Visitation. She went on to establish eighty monasteries. In the United States, the Visitation sisters are now present in nine states plus the District of Columbia.

The demands of forming and nurturing her sisters, of overseeing the administration of the burgeoning order, and of settling her children in life often drew her out of silence and solitude. She governed as a tender mother, modeling, in the midst of many demands and problems, fidelity to the community’s rule of life, all while giving compassion toward others.

A Spirituality for Everyone:
Over the years, the relationship between Jane and Francis evolved into a nourishing reciprocity, with Jane adding distinct shape to the spirituality called Salesian. She infused community life with tenderness; she faced her inner darkness and temptations, which lasted forty-one years, with courage and loyalty to her own experience, keeping her spiritual life deeply hidden. Her prayer became a simple wordless presence before God. 

Through the deaths of her children and early companions, she bore herself with gentleness and equanimity. The death of Francis in 1622 left Jane with responsibility for the Order. Her natural talent for organization, combined with deep trust in God, enabled her to guide the Visitation in the establishment of over eighty monasteries.


                                          taken from a press release in 2011.
link to Visitation order: http://visitationspirit.org/ 

 

8/05/2013

Transfiguration of Jesus

This feast became widespread in the West in the 11th Century and was introduced into the Roman calendar in 1457 to commemorate the victory over Islam in Belgrade. The Transfiguration foretells the glory of the Lord as God, and His Ascension into heaven.  It anticipates the glory of heaven, where we shall see God face to face. Through grace, we already share in the divine promise of eternal life.


The Transfiguration echoes the teaching by Jesus that God is not "the God of the dead, but of the living". Although Moses had died and Elijah had been taken up to heaven centuries before, they now live in the presence of the Son of God, implying that the same return to life can apply to all who face death and have faith.

The gospel of Matthew tells us that His face was altered and shone as the sun, and his garments became white as snow. Moses and Elias were seen by the three apostles in his company on this occasion, and were heard discoursing with him of the death which he was to suffer in Jerusalem. The apostles were wonderfully delighted by this glorious vision. St. Peter cried out to Christ, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three tents: one for thee, one for Moses, and one for Elias".  While Peter was speaking, there came a bright shining cloud and a voice out of the cloud which said, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him". When the apostles heard this, they were frightened and fell on their face. But Jesus, going to them, touched them, and bade them to rise. They immediately did so. When they looked up, they saw no one but Jesus standing in his ordinary state.

This vision happened in the night. As they went down the mountain early the next morning, Jesus charged them not to tell anyone what they had seen till he should be risen from the dead.
According to Rt. Rev. Msgr. Rudolph G. Bandas, the purpose of the Transfiguration was to encourage and strengthen the Apostles who were depressed by their Master's prediction of His own Passion and Death.  The Apostles were made to understand that His redeeming work has two phases: The Cross and the Glory - that we shall be glorified with Him only if we first suffer with Him.
                                                  Excerpted from Catholic Culture.org

8/03/2013

Padre Pio Prayer



Stay with me, Lord – Padre Pio

Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You. You know how easily I abandon You.

Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so often. 

Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life and without You I am without fervor. 

Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light and without You I am in darkness. 

Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will. 

Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You. 

Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You very much and always be in Your company. 

Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You. 

Stay with me, Lord, as poor as my soul is I want it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of Love. 

Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close and life passes, death, judgment and eternity approaches. It is necessary to renew my strenth, so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need You. It is getting late and death approaches, I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows. O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile! 

Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all its dangers, I need You. 

Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of the bread, so that the Eucharistic Communion be the Light which disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart. 

Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to You, if not by Communion, at least by grace and love. 

Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for, Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit, because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more. 

With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity. Amen.

7/31/2013

Memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor



A Hymn by St. Alphonsus Liguori

Jesus, Lord, be Thou my own;
Thee I long for, Thee alone;
All myself I give to Thee;
Do whate'er Thou wilt with me.

Life without Thy Love would be
Death, O Sov'reign Good, to me;
Bound and held by Thy dear chains
Captive now my heart remains.

Thou, O God, my heart inflame,
Give that love which Thou dost claim;
Payment I will ask for none;
Love demands but love alone.

God of beauty, Lord of light,
Thy good will is my delight;
Now henceforth Thy will divine
Ever shall in all be mine.

more on St. Alphonsus here

7/25/2013

From the Imitation of Christ

Found on Universalis on the web: 7-24-13


The kingdom of God is the peace and joy of the Spirit
Turn to the Lord with your whole heart and leave behind this wretched world. Then your soul shall find rest. For the kingdom of God is the peace and joy of the Holy Spirit. If you prepare within your heart a fitting dwelling place, Christ will come to you and console you.
  His glory and beauty are within you, and he delights in dwelling there. The Lord frequently visits the heart of man. There he shares with man pleasant conversations; welcome consolation, abundant peace and a wonderful intimacy.
  So come, faithful soul. Prepare your heart for your spouse to dwell within you. For he says: If anyone loves me, he will keep my word and we shall come to him and make our dwelling within him.
  Make room for Christ. When you possess Christ you are a rich man, for he is sufficient for you. He himself, shall provide for you and faithfully administer all your cares. You will not have to place your hope in men. Put all your trust in God; let him be both your fear and your love. He will respond on your behalf and will do whatever is in your best interest.
  You have here no lasting city. For wherever you find yourself, you will always be a pilgrim from another city. Until you are united intimately with Christ, you will never find your true rest.
  Let your thoughts be with the Most High and direct your prayers continually to Christ. If you do not know how to contemplate the glory of heaven, take comfort in the passion of Christ, and dwell willingly in his sacred wounds. Endure with Christ, suffer for him, if you wish to reign with him.
  Once you have entered completely into the depths of Jesus, and have a taste of his powerful love, then you will not care about your own convenience or inconvenience. Rather you will rejoice all the more in insults and injuries, for the love of Jesus makes a man scorn his own needs.

7/15/2013

1938 TIPS For Single Women

Just for fun-
I was only 10 years old in 1938, but these tips for single women were still timely 10 years later, when I was dating. Times: they have really changed. Are you glad?




Thank you to Buzz Feed
http://www.retronaut.co/2011/10/tips-for-single-women-1938/ 

7/03/2013

The Want, Will, and Hopes of the People

 My act of Patriotism for this 4th of July,
is reading the Declaration of Independence. 
Since it would be a space hog in this post, 
I hereby offer the link for the 
Declaration of Independence, for you to read
if you wish to join me:


Links to related information:

Our Country has faced serious problems from the beginning, and we have the record of actions taken by our forefathers in response to those difficulties. In every age, citizens have had to combat evil to preserve our freedoms.
 


Many of us have heavy hearts regarding the loss of liberties we have experienced in recent years in our beloved Country. We have been subjected to coercion from our Government, the result of which is loss of Freedom of Religion, by way of mandates. Our President has placed burdens on institutions and businesses that violate our sacred values. Failure to comply with his unjust demands can mean the dissolution of these entities, for we must obey God rather than men. We still have some defenses to employ in the form of legal suits against the governmentMany are filed and are pending decisions.
Our greatest weapon
 Let us continue to storm heaven with our prayers, and never grow weary of seeking God's great Mercy on our Country. Hail Mary, pray for us now in our time of great need. May God be glorified.
Amen

6/26/2013

The month of June is set apart for devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. "

 I nearly let June pass by without giving due honor to the month devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
June 9, 2013
The Sacred Heart of Jesus is “the ultimate symbol of God’s mercy,” Pope Francis said at his midday audience on Sunday, June 9.
The Pope reminded his audience that the month of June is traditionally devoted to the Sacred Heart. The heart, he said, is not just a metaphor for sentiment; it supplies the force that makes life possible. Similarly, the mercy offered by Jesus is not a matter of feeling. “It is a face that gives life, that brings humanity back to life!” the Pope said.
Reflecting on the day’s Gospel, which recounted how Jesus raised the son of the widow of Nain, the Pope said that Jesus was filled with compassion for the woman’s suffering. The word used for “compassion,” he said, is a reference to the mother who participates in the pain of her children. “That is how God loves us,” the Pope remarked. As with the widow of Nain, he went on, “God’s mercy gives life to the man, raises him from the dead.”
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I have had a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus ever since I first heard of it. I've collected many prayers to the Sacred Heart over the years: My favorite is this one which Clinton and I pray together at bedtime.  It was written in the first person singular, so I changed the "I"'s to WE
EVENING PRAYER TO THE SACRED HEART
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received, we thank you for your great goodness to us today. Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses, forgive us our sins. Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise, may the angels and saints praise You while we are asleep. Dear Savior, in the tenderness of Your heart, watch over us tonight and always. Amen.


 

 

6/24/2013

Franciscan Quote of the Day

I was struck by this quotation:  "The fruit of silence and solitude",  posted by Gerry Straub

In a country in which the vast majority of people believe in God, it amazes me how we have been so seduced by the power of entertainment that we no longer have the will to simply turn it off. Day in and day out we are drenched by a torrent of words. Words, words, words…but little silence for the Word to reside. We must be still in order to move into a greater union with Christ. We must give Christ our time regularly, day in, day out, coming before Him just as we are, wounded and weak. Without silence there is a deep level of our being which is not contributing to our wholeness. We are incomplete without the fruit of silence and solitude. But withdrawal from the endless possibilities for stimulation modern life offers is painful. It takes faith and hope to give God time.
you can read more of Gerry's work on his blog, where he writes about serving the poor through film.
http://gerrystraub.wordpress.com/gerry/
videos
http://gerrystraub.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/who-we-are-what-we-do/


I like Mr. Straub's quotation because it validates me. I share his opinion regarding the need and value of silence and solitude. I'm surrounded by folks who seem to have a 'word quota', talking on and on until they're finally satisfied (if they ever are). I used to be the same way but as I've grown older, I have less to say. I have come to realize that often no one is really listening to me because they aren't interested in my mundane activities, my trials tribulations, or my viewpoint..

For these reasons, I've come to ask myself why I blog. Why does anyone blog? Of course the answers are many and varied. It's an effective way to share your story or an amusing story, share a beautiful prayer and be connected with other people, especially Christian bloggers. No one has to 'listen' to me, so I'm not forcing my views on anyone, but they are there for the taking. Sometimes I just want to write, and it allows me to maintain my solitude. I read a lot and I like to write about what I've read. It also gives me a way to sort out my feelings and writing clarifies my thoughts.

I highly recommend silence and solitude, where God  can enter in and bring us wholeness, counsel, and communion with Him.

6/14/2013

The Delightful book of the psalms - St. Ambrose

Enjoy this entry From the Office of Readings on Universalis
Second Reading - Friday 6-14-13

St Ambrose's commentaries on the psalms


The delightful book of the psalms
Although the whole of Scripture breathes God’s grace upon us, this is especially true of that delightful book, the book of the psalms. Moses, when he related the deeds of the patriarchs, did so in a plain and unadorned style. But when he had miraculously led the people of Israel across the Red Sea, when he had seen King Pharaoh drowned with all his army, he transcended his own skills (just as the miracle had transcended his own powers) and he sang a triumphal song to the Lord. Miriam the prophetess herself took up a timbrel and led the others in the refrain: Sing to the Lord: he has covered himself in glory, horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.
  History instructs us, the law teaches us, prophecy foretells, correction punishes, morality persuades; but the book of psalms goes further than all these. It is medicine for our spiritual health. Whoever reads it will find in it a medicine to cure the wounds caused by his own particular passions. Whoever studies it deeply will find it a kind of gymnasium open for all souls to use, where the different psalms are like different exercises set out before him. In that gymnasium, in that stadium of virtue, he can choose the exercises that will train him best to win the victor’s crown.
  If someone wants to study the deeds of our ancestors and imitate the best of them, he can find a single psalm that contains the whole of their history, a complete treasury of past memories in just one short reading.
  If someone wants to study the law and find out what gives it its force (it is the bond of love, for whoever loves his neighbour has fulfilled the law) let him read in the psalms how love led one man to undergo great dangers to wipe out the shame of his entire people; and this triumph of virtue will lead him to recognise the great things that love can do.
  And as for the power of prophecy – what can I say? Other prophets spoke in riddles. To the psalmist alone, it seems, God promised openly and clearly that the Lord Jesus would be born of his seed: I promise that your own son will succeed you on the throne.
  Thus in the book of psalms Jesus is not only born for us: he also accepts his saving passion, he dies, he rises from the dead, he ascends into heaven, he sits at the Father’s right hand. The Psalmist announced what no other prophet had dared to say, that which was later preached by the Lord himself in the Gospel.

6/11/2013

The Real Presence

I found this on Courageous Priest Blog, Posted: 05 Jun 2013 07:38 PM PDT (http://www.courageouspriest.com/ )

Fr. Bevil Bramwell - With the celebration of the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ in the past week, it’s good to remember the words of Saint Thomas Aquinas:

Almighty and Eternal God, behold I come to the sacrament of Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. As one sick I come to the Physician of life; unclean, to the Fountain of mercy; blind, to the Light of eternal splendor; poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth. Therefore, I beg of You, through Your infinite mercy and generosity, heal my weakness, wash my uncleanness, give light to my blindness, enrich my poverty, and clothe my nakedness. May I thus receive the Bread of Angels, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, with such reverence and humility, contrition and devotion, purity and faith, purpose and intention, as shall aid my soul’s salvation.
This is the humble attitude with which we should both enter the church building (because the Blessed Sacrament is reserved there) and approach the Blessed Sacrament at Holy Communion.

The reason for our humility is that the glorified and risen Lord is present here in the Bread of Angels. The Eucharist is not a manmade symbol for an absent reality, a mere reminder of times past.

Rather, as Saint Thomas prayed in his Prayer after Communion: “I thank You, Lord, Almighty Father, Everlasting God, for having been pleased, through no merit of mine, but of Your great mercy alone, to feed me, a sinner, and Your unworthy servant, with the precious Body and Blood of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.” The Blessed Eucharist is the Body and Blood of the Son of God. It is the only thing worthy of the worship that is given to God alone for that very reason.

How different would the attitude be in our churches if Christ’s Real Presence were taken seriously? Rather than trying to make our churches like movie houses or secular meeting spaces or – worse – copying other religions, perhaps we could make them houses of the Blessed Sacrament, oases of the guaranteed presence of Christ in a secular world. (read more on the blog).

Have a blessed day.
 

5/23/2013

Most Holy Trinity

Trinity Symbol

Collect: God our Father, who by sending into the world the Word of truth and the Spirit of sanctification made known to the human race your wondrous mystery, grant us, we pray, that in profession the true faith, we may acknowledge the Trinity of eternal glory and adore your Unity, powerful in majesty. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.                                                                          (Readings on USCCB website)

The feast of the Blessed Trinity was introduced in the ninth century and was only inserted in the general calendar of the Church in the fourteenth century by Pope John XXII. But the cultus of the Trinity is, of course, to be found throughout the liturgy. Constantly the Church causes us to praise and adore the thrice-holy God who has so shown His mercy towards us and has given us to share in His life.
The feast of the Most Holy Trinity may well be regarded as the Church's Te Deum of gratitude over all the blessings of the Christmas and Easter seasons; for this mystery is a synthesis of Christmas, Epiphany, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost.. This feast, which falls on the first Sunday after Pentecost, should make us mindful that actually every Sunday is devoted to the honor of the most Holy Trinity, that every Sunday is sanctified and consecrated to the triune God. Sunday after Sunday we should recall in a spirit of gratitude the gifts which the Blessed Trinity is bestowing upon us. The Father created and predestined us; on the first day of the week He began the work of creation. The Son redeemed us; Sunday is the "Day of the Lord", the day of His resurrection. The Holy Spirit sanctified us, made us His temple; on Sunday the Holy Spirit descended upon the infant Church. Sunday, therefore, is the day of the Most Holy Trinity.Excerpted from the Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch

4/15/2013

Liturgy of the Houurs

I began praying the LOTH during Lent and found it very helpful in my spiritual growth, gaining insights that had evaded me previously.

This morning, the Terce hour was especially rewarding to me because of Psalm 70 (71) in which I prayed  (vs 8), my mouth shall be filled with your praise, shall sing  your glory every day, (vs 9) Do not cast me aside in my old age; as my strength fails, do not forsake me, (and then, vs. 17) God, you have taught me from my youth;  to this day I proclaim your wondrous deeds. (vs 18) now that I am old and gray, do not forsake me, God, that I might proclaim your might to all generations yet to come, your power and justice, God, to the highest heaven, (vs 23) My lips will shout for joy as I sing your praise; my soul, too, which you have redeemed. (vs 24) Yes, my tongue shall recount your justice day by day. For those who sought my ruin have been shamed and disgraced. (this is in reference to my situation here.)

God's Mercy is unfathomable and endures forever

3/21/2013

Is My Face Red!!

I'll be the laughing stock of Blogtown!  my blogger friend alerted me to the fact that the blog 'Eye of the Tiber' is satire, where I read the article on Biden's 'change of heart'. I'm crestfallen because I so very much wanted it to be true

Mea Culpa

3/20/2013

Breaking News on Biden

I can only hope this is true. I came across this news on http://www.eyeofthetiber.com/.

From the article "Washington, DC––Vice President Joe Biden announced today that he was stepping down as Vice President just hours after an altercation on the phone between Biden and President Obama regarding the sanctity of life"

The article goes on to say (I paraphrase) After the Inauguration Mass of Pope Francis, Biden was visiting with the Pope and was heard to say "what have I done......what have I done" the U.S. press secretary Jay Carney told the press  “He [Biden] called President Obama and informed him that he could no longer stand by as millions of babies were aborted. He also said that he had confessed his sins and now looked to remain in good standings with the Church and the good Lord. He also urged President Obama to make peace with God.” 

The full details have been slow to come out, Washington insiders said that after a heated debate, Biden told the President he was stepping down 'effective immediately' to live a life of prayer and meditation.

Read the entire report HERE 

3/18/2013

Pope Francis: On the Laity

I ran across this piece, by a journalist on OSV Daily Take blog: 

As an example of Pope Francis’ succinct, forceful style, consider his words -  in a 2011 interview. –my translation - In answer to a question about "the laity" he said:

"There are laypeople who seriously live out their faith. They believe Jesus is alive and they hope in the Resurrection, but in the meantime they don't just scratch their bellies, as the Chileans say, but they work hoping for the coming of the Lord and preparing the way. But [in other cases] there's a problem: I've said it before, and that's the temptation of clericalization. We priests tend to clericalize laypeople. We don't realize we're doing it, but it's as if we contaminate laypeople with what we are. And some lay people – not all, but many – beg us on their knees to be clericalized by us, because it's easier to be an altar boy than the protagonist of lay vocation. We mustn't fall into that trap; it's a sinful complicity. We shouldn't clericalize, and we shouldn't ask to be clericalized. The layperson is a layperson and should live like a layperson, with the strength that comes from baptism, which enables him to be the yeast of the love of God in society, creating and sowing hope, not from a pulpit but from his or her daily life. And carrying their daily Cross, as we all do, but the Cross of a layperson, not a priest. The Cross of a priest you should leave the priest to carry: God gave him a big enough shoulder for that."

The Franciscan papacy is barely begun, but already a new style is evident. This is a very exciting time to be a Catholic.
from OSVDailyTake.com
Austen Ivereigh, who is blogging for us from Rome on the papal transition, is a British Catholic journalist, commentator and director of Catholic Voices (www.catholicvoices.org.uk).

Every Parish I've belonged to has fallen in that trap. Your thoughts?