"Alas for the man too busy to pray for he is too busy to save his soul." - Cardinal Henry Edward Manning

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Stop Running Away From Suffering - Embrace It As God's Will for You

As Catholics we are supposed to be counter cultural. But are we?

What spiritual concept is more foreign in today's culture than the idea that we should embrace suffering? Probably none, since the majority of us run away from, reject, and complain about any and all forms of suffering.  We are always looking for some pill to pop or syrup to ingest to get rid of even the slightest physical pain. How many of us seek escape from emotional pain through the abuse of alcohol, drugs, food, and sex?

We forget that Christ not only suffered and died for us but He told us we too  must pick up the crosses He sends us and suffer as did He if we wish to be with Him eternally. If you express that vital teaching today, most of those with whom you share it will mock you for believing so. The fact that they reject this essential Truth doesn't change it from being true!

While we do not have to seek suffering, when it comes our way may we embrace it as God's will for us and draw strength, comfort and encouragement from the words of this great spiritual director:

Admittedly, this is a  lot easier to say than to do. Embracing suffering is impossible without God's grace - grace readily available and sufficient for those who seek and grasp it.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Musings - You Will Not Find Happiness There!

 [If God used Balaam’s donkey to get that prophet’s attention, I guess he can use me to get yours. May these periodic postings (God willing) generate fruitful discussion and faithful change.]

Although the following quotation was in the context of using contraception, its wisdom applies to all sin and demonstrates the power of just a few well-chosen words:

A Lenten Reflection from St. Thomas Aquinas

(St. Agatha's, Canastota, NY)
I have been journeying through Lent this year with the aid of the Angelic Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas. I thought you might find the following worthy of reflection and contemplation this Passion week:

“The Passion of Christ suffices to reform completely our entire life. For whosoever desires to live perfectly, need do nothing more than despise those things which Christ on the cross despised, and love the things which Christ loved. For no example of virtue is absent from the cross.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Snippets - April 13, 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!

Question of the Week: What is your favorite part of Holy Week? Holy Thursday. 

Here are my postings for this week:

Will Your Lie Cost Your Life?

Eucharistic Reflection - O Jesus Hidden God

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - April 10, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - April 10, 2014

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. Thomas Aquinas, O.P.

"Just as it is better to illuminate than merely to shine, so to pass on what one has contemplated is better than to merely contemplate."

(From Summa Theologica, II— II, 188)

Mother Julienne Morrell, O.P.

"He is not poor who never lacks anything but possesses an ample supply of everything. If we wish to be truly poor in spirit, we must be poor in fact, contenting ourselves, as do the poor, with having what is strictly necessary in regard to food, drink, clothes and bedding, neither seeking nor desiring anything superfluous but rather rejoicing when we lack for anything and are thereby enabled to practice this very precious virtue of poverty of spirit. "

(From Commentary, Chapter 1, A Treatise on The Spiritual Life by St. Vincent Ferrer)

Johann Tauler, O.P.

"Our Lord said one thing is necessary. What is this thing, which is so necessary? It is that you should know that you are nothing, That is what you have, that is what you are, and that is who you are of yourself: nothing."

(From Spiritual Conferences)