“For there is no more evident sign that God wills to bestow a grace upon us than the fact the He gives us an ardent desire for it.” - Mother Julienne Morrell, O.P.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Eucharistic Reflection - " He No Longer Rules"

(Image of St. Eymard: Wikimedia Commons)

"Moreover, you must console our Lord. He expects consolation from you and will receive it with pleasure. Ask Him to prepare good priests for Himself; priests who are apostolic and zealous for the salvation of souls; priests who are the glory of their age and who present God with kingdoms. Beg Him to take ownership of everything, and to be not only a Savior, - that supposes nothing but sacrifice, - but a King, and a King of peace with absolute power. Console Him for His being so little treated as a King in His own kingdom. Alas! Our Lord is vanquished! In heaven He is an all-powerful Ruler Who commands saints and angels and is faithfully obeyed. Not so here below. Men, - the children He ransomed, - have got the best of Him. He no longer rules over Catholic peoples. Let us establish His kingdom in us at least, and work at restoring it everywhere." 

(From New Year Wishes to Our Eucharistic Lord by Saint  Peter Julian Eymard)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Do You Treasure His Presence?

My wife and I will be boarding a train later this afternoon to return home ending a nearly three week visit with our son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. I thank God that He blessed us with this unforgettable time together.

Unfortunately, my visits to the local Catholic Church here created a heaviness and sadness  in my heart. There was no tabernacle in the main Church or Chapel. Our Lord was confined to a small room that accommodated only eight individuals.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sunday Snippets - August 23, 2014

(Photo©Michael Seagriff)

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!

I am still on the road and will try to answer this week's question when we arrive home and I have a chance to catch up on things.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Eucharistic Reflection - Looking at the Sacramenal Species With Eyes of Faith

[The following guidelines given to priests will no doubt enhance our devotion as well.] 

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"After uttering the words which bring Christ down upon the altar, look at the sacramental species with the eyes of faith.

As you kneel, see the legions of angels which surround Christ and adore him with profound reverence. This sight should make you exceedingly humble.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Got To Know Who Your Enemy Is!

If we do not know who is out to destroy our souls, how can we expect to avoid eternity in hell?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

On The Feast Day of St. John Eudes

“Our wish, our object, our chief preoccupation must be to form Jesus in ourselves, to make His spirit, His devotion, His affections, His desires and His disposition live and reign there. All our religious exercises should be directed to this end. It is the work which God has given us to do unceasingly.” 

                      (St. John Eudes from The Life and Reign of Jesus in Christian Souls)