" "…you are rewarded not according to your work or your time but according to the measure of your love." -Jesus to St. Catherine of Siena

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Podcast - Suffer The Little Children (And Prisoners Too)

Do you really believe (as we Catholics must):

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That all of us, including the greatest sinners among us, were created in the image and likeness of God? 


That each of us, by and through the unearned and undeserved grace of Almighty God, can become new creations in Him Who made us, despite what we might have become or done in the past?


That these two Truths must apply to everyone one of us? With no exceptions?

Then listen here.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

"Worth Revisiting" Wednesday - Don'T Ever Be A Hissing Candle!

Thank you, Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan, for inviting an ever-expanding group of Catholic bloggers to re-post their favorite articles on “Worth Revisiting” Wednesdays.

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

During the rest of each week. visit Allison at  Reconciled To You and Elizabeth at Theology Is A Verb

Here is what I am sharing this week:

Don't Ever Be A Hissing Candle!

(Originally posted on June 18, 2013)

[Wanted to share this now since I will be on the road April 29th when we celebrate the memorial of St. Catherine of Siena, Lay Dominican, Doctor of the Church, mystic and author of the spiritual treasure, The Dialogue.] 

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“But anyone who would approach this gracious sacrament while guilty of deadly sin would receive no grace from it, even though such a person would really be receiving Me as I am, wholly God, wholly human. But do you know the situation of the soul who receives the sacrament unworthily? She is like a candle that has been doused with water and only hisses when it is brought under the fire. The flame no more than touches it but it goes out and nothing remains but smoke. Just so, this soul brings the candle she received in holy baptism and throws the water of sin over it, a water that drenches the wick of baptismal grace that is meant to bear the light. And unless she dries the wick out with the fire of true contrition by confessing her sin, she will physically receive the light when she approaches the table of the altar, but she will not receive it into her spirit. 

If the soul is not disposed as she should be for so great a mystery, this true light will not graciously remain in her but will depart, leaving her more confounded, more darksome, and more deeply in sin. She will have gained nothing from this sacrament but the hissing of remorse, not because of any defect in the light (for nothing can impair it) but because of the water it encountered in the soul, the water that so drenched her love that she could not receive this light.”

(God the Father to St. Catherine of Siena, The Dialogue)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Eucharistic Reflection - It Is Not Burdensome!

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"Far from us be disgust, negligence, and frivolity. Alas! Is it possible that it should be burdensome for us to converse with our Sovereign Lord? Where is one better than close to one’s Father, to one’s Spouse, to one’s all? To live with Jesus, is this not to begin to live on earth the life that we are called to live in heaven? Ah! Can we say that we have faith if we complain of the length of time that we spend before the Most Holy Sacrament?"

Mother Mectilde de Bar

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - April 21, 2016

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.

Blessed Henry Suso, O.P. 

"Lord, some complain that you give them suffering. Ah. Blessed is that suffering which unites the soul to you. Lord, my cherished Spouse, a pure soul finds such delight in one spiritual embrace from you that she forgets all suffering…"

(From The Exemplar: Life and Writings of Blessed Henry Suso, OP Vol. Two)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

"Worth Revisiting " Wednesday - Blessed Henry Suso, O.P. and The Eucharist

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We thank Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan for inviting Catholic bloggers to re-post their favorite articles on "Worth Revisiting” Wednesday. 

Do yourself a favor- go there now (and every Wednesday) and gouge yourself on a feast of spiritual treasures.

Be sure to visit Allison at  Reconciled To You and Elizabeth at Theology Is A Verb during the rest of the week.  You will find much spiritual nourishment and encouragement there.

Here is my contribution: 

 Blessed Henry Suso, O.P. and The Eucharist 

(Originally posted on January 23, 2016)

[Today] we remember Blessed Henry Suso, O.P. (1290-1365) a German Dominican priest, mystic and spiritual writer.

Some suggest that it is difficult to separate fact from fiction when discussing  this gifted Friar. He had as many critics as he did followers. There is a brief but interesting account of his life in Sister Mary Jean Dorcy, O.P.'s classic St. Dominic's Family - Lives of over 300 Famous Dominicans. You can also get a glimpse into his life and writings at New Advent.

His best known work, A Little Book of Eternal Wisdom, is one well worth reading and pondering. Here is a Eucharistic prayer from that book for your use and reflection:

A Prayer To Be Said When  Thou Goest To Receive Our Lord

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O Thou living fruit, Thou sweet blossom, Thou delicious paradise apple of the
blooming fatherly heart, Thou sweet vine of Cyprus in the vineyard of Engaddi,
who will give me to receive Thee so worthily this day that Thou shalt desire
to come to me, to dwell with me, and never to separate from me!