" “Love is never burdensome." – St. Augustine

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - November 26, 2015

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.
But first a heartfelt prayer for a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Rev. M. Raymond, O.C.S.O.

"So long as God, who is all good, wills a thing, we are fools if we do not say Fiat – and thus will it with Him. The lone exception is sin."

(From God, A Woman and The Way)


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Revisiting Wednesday - "Holy Spirit" vs. "Spirit of Vatican II"

Thank you Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan, for inviting your fellow Catholic bloggers to re-post their favorite articles on "Worth Revisiting” Wednesdays. 

Go there now (and every Wednesday) and enjoy what these authors have to offer.

During the rest of each week. visit Allison at  Reconciled To You and Elizabeth at Theology Is A Verb
Given the rampant disbelief in and irreverence toward the Holy Eucharist, I chose to share this 2013 post:

"Holy Spirit" vs. "Spirit of Vatican II"

(Originally posted January 21, 2013)

I have made a commitment during this Year of Faith to do a number of things, including reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Vatican II Documents. Both exercises have been worthwhile. From time to time I hope to share the fruits of my efforts.

Today, I will start with a few questions.

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Did you know that at the time of Vatican II the vast majority of Catholic Bishops in the world were opposed to permitting reception of Holy Communion in the hand and that as a result our Holy Father decided not to change the manner in which Communion was administered? (See Instruction On The Manner of Distributing Holy Communion)
They feared then (and I would argue the resulting realty became) a widespread loss of reverence for and belief in the Real Presence of our Lord in the Holy Eucharist. In fact, the Holy Father “urged bishops, priests and laity to obey carefully the law” requiring reception of Holy Communion while kneeling and on the tongue.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Eucharistic Reflection - Do Not Know What To Do At Mass?

“It is extraordinary that there are to be found Christians, and those not a few, who grow weary and do not know what to do at Mass. 

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Can a sick man be tired of seeing the efforts made to cure him? Or can a person, loaded with debts, find it difficult to know what to do, in the presence of a powerful monarch who has offered him all his treasures? 

You do not know what to do at Mass? How is this? says Fr. la Colombiere, in his Reflections on this subject; have you never received any favor from God? Alas, we are surrounded, loaded, overwhelmed with His benefits, and we have never thanked Him as we ought.

At Mass, at least, give a thought to these various benefits; so many sins over- looked, so loving a Providence continually exercised in your regard, so sweet and so constant an effort to draw you to Him, to gain your heart, to make you holy. The graces that you receive in one single day would suffice to occupy you during the whole of Mass. Is not all this deserving of your remembrance? 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Podcast - An Early Christmas Reflection

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I thought I would share an early Christmas reflection with you today -  a different way, I hope, of approaching Christmas Day. 

Friday, November 20, 2015