" "More than the sin itself what displeases and offends God is the sinner’s not feeling sorrow for his sins." - St. John Chrysostom

Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday Musings - Stomach, Sex and Money

[What follows pretty well describes our current culture. This clear thinking and prophetic Bishop saw this coming more than 30 years ago. Yet, the majority of his brethren remained silent over the ensuing decades. Even now, some have still not found their voices.]

 “…contemporary paganism is characterized by the search for material well-being at any I cost, and by the corresponding disregard- or to put it more accurately, fear and genuine terror – of anything that could cause suffering.

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 With this outlook, words such as God, sin, Cross, mortification, eternal life…become incomprehensible to a great number of people, who are ignorant of their meaning and content. You have witnessed the incredible fact that many people began by putting God in parentheses, in some aspects of their professional lives. But then, as God demands, loves and asks, they end up throwing Him out - like an intruder - from their civil laws and from the lives of their nations. With a ridiculous and presumptuous pride, they want to lift up in his place the poor human creature who has lost his supernatural and human dignity, and has become reduced – it is not exaggeration, one can see it everywhere – to a stomach, sex and money.

(From Pastoral Letter of December 25, 1985 by Blessed Alvaro del Pontillo)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Eucharistic Reflection - Truth Does Not Lie

(St. Vincent Ferrer Parish, NYC)

That the real Body and Blood of Christ is present in the Sacrament is something that cannot be perceived either with the senses or with the intellect, but only with faith, which is supported by the authority of God. Because of this, when commenting on the passage in Luke 22:19: "This is my body which is given up for you," St. Cyril says: "Do not cast doubt on the truth of this, but rather accept with faith the words of the Savior: because He, being the Truth, does not lie."

St. Thomas Aquinas, S. Th., III, q. 75, a.1

Monday, June 20, 2016

Monday Musings - The Key To Happiness

The key is not worldly power, possessions and prestige. It is interior:

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - June 16, 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.

Henri Dominic Lacordaire, O.P.

"What is difficult is to carry the cross each day, the cross which is not blood-stained but which bruises the skin a little without making it bleed, and which is composed of restraint, tediousness and languor. If one could only mount Calvary once and for all, and give one's body once an for all to the executioners, what pleasure! But no, the torment is in detail; a little cut of  the whip, a little slap in the face, a little humiliation."

(From St. Dominic's Family by Sister Mary Jean Dorcy, O.P.)

St. Augustine

"Remember this. When people choose to withdraw far from a fire, the fire continues to give warmth, but they grow cold. When people choose to withdraw far from light, the light continues to be bright in itself but they are in darkness. This is also the case when people withdraw from God." 

Blessed Hyacinthe-Marie Cormier, O.P.
"Indeed, it is proof that we are not working to progress [in our spiritual life] when we always remain the same. Work in the pathways of grace is not useless but is always followed by some success."

(From Instructions For Novices)