"Never make a decision without first stopping to consider the matter in the presence of God." – St. Josemaria Escriva

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - May 21, 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.



Monsignor Ronald A. Knox

“Why did the Lord include so many fishermen among his Apostles? ... What were the good points that He saw in them? I think there was one thing which He specially appreciated in those who were to be his Apostles: an unshakeable patience ... They had worked all night and had caught nothing; long hours of waiting after which the grey light of dawn was to bring them their reward; but there was none.

What a lot of waiting the Church of Christ has had to endure throughout the centuries ... patiently extending her invitation and leaving grace to do its work! ... What does it matter if she has worked very hard in one place or another and reaped very little for her Master? On the basis of his word; in spite of everything, she will launch her nets again until such time as His grace, the limits of which are in no way proportioned to human efforts, brings her again a new catch of fish.”

(Sermon preached on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, June 29, 1947)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

It's "Worth Revisiting" Wednesday - I Don't Get It! I Will Never Get It!

Thanks to the generosity and encouragement of Allison Gingras at Reconciled To You and Elizabeth Riordan at Theology Is A Verb, an ever-expanding group of Catholic bloggers take the time each week to re-post their favorite articles on the site they host: “It’s Worth Revisiting” Wednesdays.


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

Here is my contribution:


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I Don't Get It! I Will Never Get It!

[I will admit it - I am an appeaser, a  coward, failing more often than not,  to stand up for the Truth for fear of offending others. May God be merciful to me a sinner. But today, there is a kernel of gumption that has popped through this fearful man's being, so I will yield to its prompting.

While I have been criticized before and no doubt will be attacked again, silence is not an option. Misguided contemporary thought notwithstanding, the supreme law of the Catholic Church - and its primary mission - is, has been, and always must be - the sanctification and salvation of souls - not such secular and nebulous concepts as social justice, universal health care, immigration reform, income or marriage equality, global warming, etc.  - eternal souls - yours and mine.

I will not apologize if that forgotten Truth and this post makes anyone uncomfortable]

I understand that in a democratic society, the Catholic Church and its members must try to shape social and political policies and to have their voices heard on the pressing moral issues of the day. There is no doubt that an increasing number of recent actions (beyond the HHS contraception and sterilization mandates) taken by the current administration pose real and imminent threats to our God given and constitutionally recognized fundamental right - freedom of religion. Freedom loving people of all religious persuasions and those of no religious affiliation must stand up and defend this fundamental principle – one which no man, no government, no nation has the right to restrict.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Eucharistic Reflection – Approaching the Eucharist With The Proper Dispositions


                                            
 
“Were we to communicate only once in our life, our whole life, however long it might be, would 
not be too long to prepare ourselves worthily for receiving so holy and so awful a mystery. This 
should not, however, keep us from it. It should only urge us to approach it with the requisite 
dispositions. We are wrong, then, when we say: '' I will not communicate, because I feel I am 
unworthy." We should say, on the contrary: “I will endeavor, as far as possible, by the innocence 
and regularity of my life, to make myself worthy to communicate."  
                              
To approach worthily, is to believe ourselves unworthy; while, at the same time, we do what we
can to make ourselves less unworthy. A single good Communion is enough to make a Saint. Not
much more is necessary than a good will, and a few reflections, in order to make a good
Communion. 
 
Those who communicate often without becoming more devout, more mortified, more recollected, 
without loving Jesus Christ more and more, are in a more dangerous state than they think. What 
would have been said, if those who often conversed with Jesus Christ, and usually ate at His table,
had not become daily more virtuous? What further hope would there have been for those sick 
persons who were presented to Jesus Christ, if Jesus Christ had not cured them? 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

How Do You Treat His Mother?



(Photo©Michael Seagriff)
“As one cannot go to a statue of a mother holding a child
and cut away the mother without destroying the child, so
neither can one have Jesus without his Mother.

Could you claim as a friend one who, every time he came
into your home, refused to speak to your mother or treated
her with cold indifference?

Jesus cannot feel pleased with those who never give recognition
to or show respect for his mother. Coldness to his mother is certainly
not the best way to keep warm a friendship with him.

The unkindest cut of all would be to say that she who is the mother
of our Lord is unworthy of being our mother."


                                                (Venerable Fulton J. Sheen)

                  

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Rosary Reflection -The Efficacy of the Rosary


(Photo©Michael Seagriff)


“The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”

(Sister Lucia dos Santos)