“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Snippets - September 21, 2014

(Abbey at Genesee, Piffard, NY)

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!

On the road again this week visiting daughter and grandchildren. I did manage to post the following:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gazing In Silent Reflection at God's Creation

I sat in my car outside my daughter's home early one  morning while everyone else was still asleep. I intended to savor my cup of coffee in the silent shadows of the changing sky and to pray my daily rosary.

I pulled the beads out of my pocket. Just as I was about to make the Sign of the Cross, I  looked up and was mesmerized as the darkness of night was replaced with the light of day. Clouds became visible and began floating past my eyes. 

I was awed by the sight and stirred by the sounds of the new emerging day. How can anyone look at this miracle of creation and not see the hand and genius of God?

Belatedly, I thought to use the camera on my phone to capture and preserve some of what I saw and experienced that morning. I regret not having thought to do so earlier.

If you have never done so, take two minutes out of your day, at sunrise or sunset, sit silently by yourself,  and let God touch you as He did me.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Eucharistic Reflection - The Divine Heart Beating Beside Our Own

“The devotion to the Blessed Eucharist and the devotion to the Sacred Heart are not only two sister devotions, in reality, they are only one and the same devotion. They complete each other and develop each other; they blend so perfectly together that one cannot stand without the other, and their union is absolute. Not only can one of these devotions not be prejudicial to the other but, because they complete each other and perfect each other, they also reciprocally increase each other.

If we have devotion to the Sacred Heart, we will wish to find It, to adore It, to love It, to offer It our reparation and praise, and where shall we look for It but in the Blessed Eucharist where It is found eternally living? 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How Life Would Change

The Eucharist - God among us - is an astonishing and powerful Gift. Why do so many of us ignore Him?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Today on this memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, let me share a unique reflection offered by the late Father Raymond, O.C.S.O. in his book, God, A Woman and The Way - a book I highly recommend you read.

One of the seven dolors of our Blessed Mother; The Flight and Exile into Egypt:

“There was pain in Egypt - yet, I say it was heaven.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sunday Snippets - September 14, 2014

(Photo©Michael Seagriff)

We thank RAnn for hosting a diverse group of Catholic bloggers for another week. There is much that you will find worthy of your time and reflection. Click here and see how God will touch your heart and stir your soul through the articles posted there. 

This week's question asks with which ministry/activities within my parish am I involved. It is my privilege to serve as a weekday lector and as the Coordinator of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

Here is what I shared this week:

Friday, September 12, 2014

Book Review - A Subtle Grace

I was looking forward to the publication of this book, sequel to the author’s earlier novel, “In Name Only”. Pressing family matters delayed my writing and posting this review sooner.

"A Subtle Grace" begins years after "In Name Only" ended, but it seemed that I had never left the O’Donovan family. The author quickly brought us “up to speed” as to what had happened in the intervening years.  Her characters and the new story line leaped from the novel’s pages.

I love this author's work and was probably predisposed to be favorable. But even I did not expect such a gripping tale. How good was this book? I bypassed a number of “March Madness” games because I was mesmerized and intrigued by the plot, its characters, surprise turns and its fast pace. The book exceeded all of my expectations. It was difficult for me to put it down.

Who says an author can not weave her faith throughout a novel without losing her audience? You be wrong if you thought so.

Ellen is a gifted author, a great story-teller and a faithful and courageous Catholic. Do yourself a favor. Read this book! Then go get copies of her other novels.