“Christ will be in his death throes until the end of the world.” – Blaise Pascal

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - April 23, 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.

 Gaudium et Spes

“The Christian who neglects his temporal duties, neglects his duties toward his neighbor and even God, and jeopardizes his eternal salvation."

(Gaudium et Spes, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, 43)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Now Is Not The Time To Remain Silent

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Help me understand this!

For far too many years now, there have been Bishops, priests, religious and laity (including prominent politicians claiming to be Catholic), who have engaged in public dissent from the Church’s teachings with little or no public correction from the Shepherds charged with the salvation of their souls.  Such public dissent – so destructive to the spiritual well-being of other Catholics - is more often than not met with public silence.

Yet two simple priests (Fathers Joseph Illo and Patrick Driscoll), who are trying to establish an Oratory of St. Philip Neri in a San Francisco parish in hopes of  reigniting the flames of knowledge, love and fidelity for the Catholic Faith, are met with public ridicule and criticism, some of which come from their brother priests.

At the same time, a public effort is made to have the Holy Father remove Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, their Archbishop, simply because he insists on fulfilling his pastoral duties – to teach the Truth and remind Catholics of their obligation to conform their personal and professional lives to that Truth.

None of this makes sense unless one realizes this is the work of the Evil One “who roams throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls”.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Key to Being Content in This Life

There is only one real way to lasting happiness - total surrender and abandonment to God's will. There is, however,  a number of ways to express and explain that Truth. 

On Sunday,  I shared Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's take on this vital issue. Today, I offer the wisdom of St. Josemaria Escriva. 

We would be wise to let their words penetrate and saturate our minds hearts and souls.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Eucharistic Reflection - Let Us Not Be Mean With Our Time

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“Eucharistic piety should be centered above all on the celebration of the Lord's Supper, which perpetuates the pouring out of His love on the Cross. But it has a logical prolongation ...in the adoration of Christ in this divine Sacrament, in the Visit to the Blessed Sacrament, in prayer beside the Tabernacle, as well as in those other exercises of devotion both personal and collective, private and public, which you have been practicing for centuries ... Jesus waits for us in this Sacrament of Love. Let us not be mean with our time when it comes to going to meet Him in adoration, in contemplation that is filled with faith, and disposed to make reparation for the grave faults and crimes of the world.

(Saint John Paul II Address, October 31, 1982)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Eucharistic Reflection - Restoring Order to the Church

"If the great event of the Second Vatican Council was a breath of the Spirit that was blown into the world through the windows of the Church, then we need to recognize that a lot of worldliness has also blown in with the Spirit, creating a current and blowing the leaves all over. We’ve seen everything and yet nothing has been lost, but order must be patiently restored.

Order is restored above all by strongly affirming the primacy of the Risen Christ, present in the Eucharist.

There is a great peaceful battle to be waged which is that of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, so that the entire world can become part of a network of prayer, united to the Holy Rosary, in which we reflect on the salvific mysteries of Christ with Mary. This will generate and develop a movement of reparation and penetration."

(Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, former Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, )