" "Your service is of no use to me, it is by serving your neighbor that you can serve Me." – Jesus to St. Catherine of Siena

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Worth Revisiting - We Have Forgotten

Be sure to visit Allison Gingras  (Reconciled To You) and Elizabeth Riordan (Theology Is A Verb) each week for Revisiting Wednesday, a place for Catholic writers to share their wares and stir your souls. Stop for a visit now (and every Wednesday).

Here is something to ponder and chew on:

Monday Musings - We Have Forgotten

(Originally published May 15, 2017)

When we lose the sense of sin, when we fail to appreciate the eternal value of embracing suffering, when we no longer give any thought to making reparation for our sins and the sins of the world, evil triumphs and souls are lost:


“We moderns shrink from pain; we shun all that can afflict body or mind. We have forgotten that we were saved by the Body’s agony and the Mind’s torture. We have forgotten that the problem of evil was solved by ropes, whips and thorns, by nails that were pounded through the flesh of God and by three hours of anguish such as no other human has or ever will know. 
We have forgotten that pain has a sacred purpose; that all suffering can be and should be sublimated into Sacrifice – His Sacrifice. We have forgotten that we are Christians – members of a Body whose Head is thorn-crowned! We have forgotten that since there is sin, there must be suffering that will atone.”

(From God, A Woman and the Way by Father M. Raymond, O.C.S.O.)

Eucharistic Reflection - Captain of the Church Militant



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"The Son of God is as it were the Captain of the Church Militant. It is needful now that He be a warrior. He resides there in the Tabernacle, as in the Ark [of the Covenant], as in His pavilion of war. This then is the God of armies, He is there like the angel in the pillar [of cloud] in the desert who marches at the head of His squadrons ranged in battle. This then is He who presides over our combats, and who renders us victorious over our invisible enemies."

(Father Jacques Nouet, S.J. from The Mystical Life of Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament)



Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday Mornings - Choose The Clarity of Truth

Few Pontiffs spoke with such clarity and authority than the late St. John Paul II. Anchor your soul to the certainty of His teaching. 

Run from those who wish to replace the clear waters of Truth with doubt and uncertainty. They will lead you to eternal damnation.

Truth does not hide itself behind ambiguity. Satan does:
 



Thursday, July 13, 2017

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - July 13, 2017







Pondering Tidbits of Truth is my simple and inadequate way of providing nuggets of spiritual wisdom for you to chew on from time to time.








Pope Pius XI

"Christ must reign in our minds – which must assent firmly and submissively to all revealed truth and to Christ’s teachings. He must reign in our wills – which should bow in obedience to God’s laws and precepts. He must reign in our hearts - which, turning aside from all natural desires, should love God above all things and cling to Him alone. He should reign in our bodies and members, which should serve as instruments of our soul’s sanctification."

(From Encyclical Quas Primas)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Worth Revisiting - Hijacked!!

Thank you Allison Gingras  (Reconciled To You) and Elizabeth Riordan (Theology Is A Verb) for another opportunity to re-publish our favorite posts on Worth Revisiting.


Stop for a visit now (and every Wednesday). The gifted writers who post there each week will no doubt have much of value to offer you.
We live in times where clarity is needed:

Hijacked!! 

(Originally published July 7, 2016)

Let someone dare suggest that this nation has the absolute moral right and legal obligation to regulate the manner and numbers of individuals who seek to immigrate to this country and a hoard of Bishops will trip over their brothers' feet to get to a microphone and condemn the heartless Catholics who make such a suggestion. 

Yet, let Planned Parenthood kill and cut human beings into parts for resale and nary a prolonged and outraged episcopal whisper is heard.

Suggest doubling the hourly wage, providing free health care, or increasing welfare benefits and find an army of prelates insisting we have an absolute moral obligation to do so.  Few of these same  men will utter a single word about salvation, sin, hell or such intrinsic evils as cohabitation, contraception, in-vitro fertilization,  euthanasia or the active homosexual lifestyle.
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"Social justice" - not the salvation of souls - has become the eternally bankrupt and erroneous focus of our Churches. This is not what our beloved Lord intended:


"Jesus sends his Apostles to announce that the Kingdom of God, so long promised, is imminent, and to manifest its spiritual aspects. Our Lord tells them exactly what they have to preach: The. Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. He does not say anything about freedom from the Roman yoke under which the nation was suffering. He does not speak about what kind of social or political system they were to live under, nor, indeed, about any other exclusively worldly matter. Christ did not come for such a purpose, and they have not been chosen to concern themselves with such things.They will live to bear witness to Christ, to spread his teaching and to make all men sharers in his salvation." 

(From In Conversation With God, Vol 4:16.1, page 99 by Father Francis Fernandez)

Jesus' Church has been hijacked.

Lord open our eyes, hearts, minds and souls while there is still time to save souls and to seek and receive Your mercy.

Eucharistic Reflection - An Earthly Heaven



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Jesus, who knew the human heart so well, could not bear to see us pine [in this valley of tears] till the end of life, without at least a foretaste of heaven. His love for us suffered at the thought of having to delay so long the full and total gift of Himself to us. And so, in order that our exile might be endurable, that we might enjoy already on earth the inebriating perfume of the purity of paradise, that we might begin even in this place of trial to taste the happiness to be found in the possession of God, to satisfy His love and be our consolation, He created an earthly heaven: the Eucharist.



(From The Holy Eucharist by Father Jose Guadalupe Trevino)