"The good Lord often refuses what we ask, so that He might grant us what we need." – St. Augustine

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Eucharistic Reflection - With A Heart Humbled and Broken With Grief




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Most adorable and most amiable Jesus! Ever full 
of love for us, ever touched with compassion for our 
miseries, ever actuated by the desire of making us 
partakers of Thy treasures, and of giving Thyself 
wholly to us: Jesus, my Savior and my God, Who, 
through an excess of the most ardent and most won- 
derful love, hast placed Thyself in the condition of a 
victim, in the Adorable Eucharist, where Thou offers 
Thyself for us in sacrifice so many times every day, 
what must be Thy sentiments in this state, at finding 
no return for all this, in the hearts of the greater part 
of men, but hardness, forgetfulness, ingratitude and 
contempt! 
 
Was it not enough. Oh my God, to have taken the most
painful means of saving us, when Thou could 
have shown us Thy excessive love at much less cost ? 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday Musings - Are You A Scoundrel?



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I have been working my way through a second reading of Finding God’s Will For You by St. Francis de Sales. His explanations of fundamental Truths always challenge his readers to reassess their relationship with the God they claim to love and serve. This gifted spiritual adviser always provides much fruit for contemplation.



God has a plan for each of us – one that will lead to eternal happiness. He provides us with the graces sufficient to discover, accept and live out that plan. At the same time, He gave us free will and allows us to reject the path He sets before us.



Many in our contemporary world (even among some clergy and members of our Church) ridicule and reject that which He calls us to believe and live. “Dogma” and “Doctrine” have become dirty words and those who dare treasure and teach God’s Truths are often ridiculed and attacked for doing so.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sunday Snippets - November 23, 2014




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It's Sunday and time to join an interesting group of Catholic bloggers at RAnn's place where you are sure to find something that will touch your heart and stir your soul. Take a few minutes and visit!

This is what I shared:



 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pondering Tidbits of Truth-November 20, 2014



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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.


 

St. Pius X

"When vice runs wild, when persecution hangs heavy, when error is so cunning that it threatens her destruction by snatching many children from her bosom (and plunges them into the whirlpool of sin and impiety) - then, more than ever, the Church is strengthened from above. Whether the wicked will it or not, God makes even error aid in the triumph of Truth whose guardian and defender is the Church. He puts corruption in the service of sanctity, whose mother and nurse is the Church. Out of persecution He brings a more wondrous 'freedom from our enemies.' For these reasons, when worldly men think they see the Church buffeted and almost capsized in the raging storm, then she really comes forth fairer, stronger, purer, and brighter with the luster of distinguished virtues."

(From Encyclical Editae Saepe)


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Have You Accepted His Invitation?

During the course of our lifetimes we receive countless invitations. Some we accept; others we decline. Many we simply ignore, even those with a R.S.V.P.

Some of us give little or no thought to how our response or failure to respond to those invitations impacts the person who thought enough of us to invite us in the first place. 

God is constantly inviting us to a more intimate relationship with Him. Does He not deserve an affirmative response?




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Eucharistic Reflection - Why Do We Limit God's Power?



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“Is there any real difference between Jesus in heaven and Jesus in the Eucharist? No, it is the same Jesus. The only differ­ence is in us. We now on earth cannot see or touch Him with our senses. But that is not a limitation in Him; it is a limitation in us.

We speak correctly of believing in the Real Presence. But we should grow in our understanding of what this implies.

The living, breathing Jesus Christ is in the Blessed Sacra­ment. This is the reality. When we speak of presence, however, we are saying something more.

Two people may be really near each other physically, but not present to each other spiritually. To be present to someone means to have another person in mind by being mentally aware of their existence, and to have them in one's heart by loving that other person...

Jesus is on earth in the Blessed Sacrament. Why? In order that we might come to Him now no less than His contemporaries did in first century Palestine. If we thus approach Him in loving faith, there is no limit to the astounding things He will do. Why not? In the Eucharist ,He has the same human lips that told the raging storm, "Be still!" and commanded the dead man, "Lazarus, come forth!"

There are no limitations to Christ's power, as God, which He exercises through His humanity in the Eucharist. The only limi­tation is our own weakness of faith or lack of confidence in His almighty love.”

(From Soul Magazine by Servant of God, Father John A. Hardon, SJ)