"Sinful though we are, let us at least be like God in this, that we are displeased at what displeases Him." – St. Augustine

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

"It's Worth Revisiting" Wednesday - This Is No Time to Water Down the Truths and Precepts of Jesus Christ

Thank you Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan for inviting Catholic bloggers re-post their favorite articles on “It’s Worth Revisiting” Wednesdays.  

Go there now (and every Wednesday) and let these authors bless and challenge you in your Faith journey. 

 
During the rest of each week visit Allison at Reconciled To You and Elizabeth at Theology Is A Verb. You will enjoy your time there.

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I enjoy using In Conversations with God as a resource and tool to facilitate my understanding of, and reflection on, the daily Scriptures. Rarely is there a day that I do not gain something of value from this work. Today was no exception.
In our current culture, we are urged to extraordinary (and often absurd) extremes not to offend anyone with our words - verbal or written. "Better not to offend someone's feelings," the monitors of political correctness urge, "than to share the full and unabridged Truth." 

In their upside down world, there is no Absolute or Moral Truth and no concern for the salvation of souls. 


The pressure to conform to this cultural demand is ever increasing. The number of individuals who have surrendered to this evil (even within our Church) expands daily. Those who refuse to abandon the teachings of Jesus and His Church have been and will be increasingly singled out and persecuted, much like St. Paul in centuries past and the Christians in the Middle East today. We are witnessing the beginnings of such persecution here in our own country, . 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Eucharistic Reflection - To Be Like You



"In order to be like You, who are always alone in the Blessed Sacrament, I shall love solitude and try to converse with You as much as possible. Grant that my mind may not seek to know anything but You, that my heart may have no longings or desires but to love You. When I am obliged to take some comfort, I shall take care to see that it be pleasing to Your Heart. 

In my conversations, O divine Word, I shall consecrate all my words to You so that You will not permit me to pronounce a single one which is not for Your glory.... When I am thirsty, I shall endure it in honor of the thirst You endured for the salvation of souls.... If by chance, I commit some fault, I shall humble myself, and then take the opposite virtue from Your Heart, offering it to the eternal Father in expiation for my failure.

All this I intend to do, O Eucharistic Jesus, to unite myself to You in every action of the day." 

(St. Margaret Mary from Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Musings - Holding On To Anything?

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[Yesterday's Gospel (John 6:1-15) prompted me to re-read and re-post a brief reflection I had previously shared on a similar passage in Matthew (14:13-21)}

The little that we have – be it in material goods, time  or talents – is sufficient for God’s work if, when He asks, we would just give whatever that is to Him. Take notice in today’s Gospel what He did with five loaves of bread and two fish! On the surface, it looked like Jesus was asking His Apostles to do the impossible – feed thousands of  people. He wasn’t. He was asking them to give Him what they had and He would make the impossible possible. God will never give us a task, no matter how daunting it may first appear, without giving us all that we need to complete it.

The first step is our total surrender to, and trust in, His will for us.

So let’s ask ourselves: Is there anything I am still holding on to and unwilling to give Him?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

It's "Worth Revisiting" Wednesday - Where Is He?

Thank you Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan for inviting Catholic bloggers re-post their favorite articles on “It’s Worth Revisiting” Wednesdays. 


Do yourself a favor and  go there now (and every Wednesday) and let these authors bless and challenge you in your Faith journey. 

 
During the rest of each week visit Allison at Reconciled To You and Elizabeth at Theology Is A Verb. You will enjoy your time there.

Where Is He?


It happened again I don't want to play hide and seek!

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We arrived early to the only Catholic Church in the town we were passing through on our way to be with family. We were looking forward for a few minutes to adore our waiting Lord, to spend time in His Presence, and to silently pray and prepare for the holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Little in this mammoth structure would lead anyone to sense they were entering a sacred place and holy ground. Two thirds of this structure had nothing to do with adoration, prayer and worship. The majority of this structure was dedicated to a huge cafeteria/auditorium area and a cavernous vestibule/library/lounge area.