" "To attribute to God, and not to self, whatever good one sees in oneself; but to recognize always that the evil is one's own doing, and to impute it on one's self." -St. Benedict

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - February 23, 2017

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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

Father Federico Suarez

"If there are so many Christians who today live aimlessly with little depth, and hemmed in on all sides by narrow horizons, it is due, above all, to their lack of any clear idea of why they, personally exist...What elevates a man and truly gives him a personality of his own is the consciousness of his vocation, the consciousness of his own specific task in the universe."

(From Mary of Nazareth)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Worth Revisiting - Just Eat The Pork Under Protest!

Thank you Allison Gingras  (Reconciled To You) and Elizabeth Riordan (Theology Is A Verb) for hosting Worth Revisiting. 
Be sure to stop there every Wednesday. You will enjoy your visits.

Here is my contribution:


Just Eat The Pork Under Protest! 

(Originally posted on June 30, 2013)

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One of my favorite characters in the Old Testament (2 Maccabees 6:18-31) is Eleazar, a ninety year old Jewish scribe, a “teacher of the Law.” He was ordered to eat pork in violation of the Mosaic Law or be killed. He preferred death rather than offend God.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Eucharistic Reflection - Food For Your Salvation and Nourishment In This Life

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Dearest daughter, contemplate the marvelous state of the soul who receives this bread of life, this food of angels, as she ought. When she receives this Sacrament she lives in Me and I in her. Just as the fish is in the sea and the sea in the fish, so am I in the soul and the soul in Me, the sea of peace. Grace lives in such a soul because, having received this bread of life in grace, she lives in grace. When this appearance of bread has been consumed, I leave behind the imprint of My grace, just as a seal that is pressed into warm wax leaves its imprint when it is lifted off. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday Musings - It Is Good For Souls

As our parish journeys through its fifteenth year of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, I marvel at, and give God thanks for, the hundreds of faithful Adorers who have spent time in His Presence over the years. It is hard to believe that sixty-seven of them have passed on into eternity. 

Many of their names and faces pop into my consciousness from time to time – a reminder of the impact their lives and examples have had on me and countless others. With each passing year, I become increasingly aware of my own approaching death – at a time and under circumstances fully and solely in God’s hands.

Although modern sensitivities discourage reflection on our immortality as a morbid and useless effort, nothing could be further from the truth, as you will glean from these words of Father Winfrid Herbst, S.D.S. from his book, The Way of God:

“So it is wise for me always to remember that I must die and that I ought always to be ready. This reminds me of a story told about a certain nobleman in Italy who had led a bad life until he was ripe in years and who then was touched by the grace of God and resolved to make a good confession of the sins of his whole life and begin anew. 
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He thought that only the Pope himself could forgive him his many sins. Of course, he was not right in thinking so, for any priest with the necessary faculties could have forgiven his sins. But he went to the Pope in Rome anyway, so this rather odd story says. He made a good confession, was sorry, and promised to do better. The Holy Father gave him absolution and then, because he really had many big sins, told him that as penance he should fast for six months. But the man said that he had a weak stomach and could hardly do that; if the Holy Father, would not mind he would rather have some other penance. 

So he was told to go to Mass every day for six months. Then he said that because he was a business man he would find it very hard to do that, since he had so many affairs to attend to. So the Pope asked him to read a chapter of the New Testament every night. But he said that he had poor eyes and got a bad headache from reading at night. He begged the Pope to give him something else, if he would be so kind. 

So the Holy Father gave him a beautiful gold ring, a signet ring, on which were engraved the words…"Remember you must die." The Pope said: "Wear this ring as long as you live and read the words written on it every morning and think of them earnestly for a while." He promised that he would. And he did. 

The result was that he fasted and prayed much, went to Mass every day, and read the Bible every night. That is the way it is with the thought of death. It is a thought that is good for souls.”

May none of us presume on God’s mercy. May all of us ask for it. 

And may the souls of all our faithfully departed Adorers through the mercy of God rest in peace!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Most Foolish Fight

Assuming you are fighting against a properly formed one:

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Worth Revisiting - The New Evangelization Is Not So New

Thank you Allison Gingras  (Reconciled To You) and Elizabeth Riordan (Theology Is A Verb) for hosting Worth Revisiting.

Be sure to stop by every Wednesday. You will enjoy your visits.

Here is my contribution this week:

Monday Musings - The New Evangelization Is Not So New 

(Originally published on October 18, 2013 in a slightly different version)

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The call to evangelize has been an essential part of our Catholic nature and fiber since the time our blessed Lord walked this earth. He told His apostles to “go make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”.

 He did not then, nor does He now, teach that one Church is as good as another. Jesus has called all of us to be members of His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. 

Over the ensuing centuries, we Catholics have frequently failed to heed His command, even in current times mistakenly and tragically acting like this was no longer our mission. 

In the early days of Christ’s  Church, it was risky business to be Catholic – persecutions, lions, crucifixions, martyrs come to mind. Yet one by one, the early Christians willingly and courageously shed their blood, surrendering their earthly lives for the eternal one promised them by Jesus Christ.  

Eucharistic Reflection - The Most Powerful Thing We Can Do On This Earth

"The most powerful thing we can do on this earth with our time is to spend it in Eucharistic Adoration. Nothing can do more to change the world, to bring about peace,  to convert hearts, , to make reparation for the many evils committed. 

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Spending time in prayer may seem, on the outside, to be a passive thing; however, it is anything but! Our world is in desperate need  of hope, of renewal, of a "turning back" to the things of God. By visiting our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, we take up the best weapon for the battles of our age and contribute to the healing of our culture."

(From Manual for Eucharistic Adoration)