" "Why are you hurrying? Stay with Me. No one comes to speak to me." – Jesus to Elizabeth Kindelmann

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Eucharistic Reflection - The Master Is Calling You!

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 “…we hear them [those present during a Eucharistic procession at Lourdes] saying to us, to every man and to every woman among us: “Come, let the Master call you! He is here! He is calling you (cf. Jn 11:28)! He wants to take your life and join it to His. Let yourself be embraced by Him! Gaze no longer upon your own wounds, gaze upon His. Do not look upon what still separates you from Him and from others; look upon the infinite distance that He has abolished by taking your flesh, by mounting the Cross which men had prepared for Him, and by letting Himself be put to death so as to show you His love. In His wounds, He takes hold of you; in His wounds, He hides you. Do not refuse His Love!”

(Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday Musings - Think You Recognize This Man?

[This Pope] "insisted on walking about Rome unattended; he chatted with children and beggars as he chose. He walked in and out of hospitals unexpectedly, checking on the quality of food that was served to the poor, and making changes in administration when he thought it advisable.

He insisted upon going into the prisons to administer the sacraments and instruct the prisoners. One day, when no one could find him, he was discovered in one of the confessionals, where he had been hearing confessions for some time. 

One did not expect the pope to do such things…his term was marked by great charity and the Christ-like observance of all the virtues…"

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - May 19, 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.
Dr. Paul Thigpen

"No matter who you are -- whether or not you know it -- you have a mortal enemy who wants to destroy you, not just in this life, but in the next. It's a spiritual war with crucial consequences in your everyday life. And the outcome of that war will determine your eternal destiny." 

(From a Spiritual Warfare Manual by Dr. Paul Thigpen)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

"Worth Revisiting" - Are We Comatose or Just Suffering From Amnesia?

Thank you Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan for hosting "Worth Revisiting” every Wednesday and inviting Catholic bloggers to re-post their favorite articles there. 

Go there now (and every Wednesday). You will be inspired by the variety of spiritual insights these authors share.

Visit Allison at  Reconciled To You and Elizabeth at Theology Is A Verb during the rest of the week.  It will be time well spent.

Here is my contribution:

Are We Comatose or Just Suffering From Amnesia?

(From the Introduction to Forgotten Truths To Set Faith Afire! Words to Challenge, Inspire and Instruct - awarded Seal of Approval by Catholic Writers' Guild)

“After 20 centuries of miracles from Cana to Fatima, after 20 centuries of martyrs, after 20 centuries of sanctity in every walk of life, after centuries of intellectual brilliance (Augustine, Aquinas, Bonaventure, Scotus), after all the truth that has been poured out by the Fathers, Doctors and ecclesiastical writers, by the 20 Ecumenical Councils of the Church, the infallible pronouncements of our Pontiff…after all this, the world is as pagan today as when Christ was born and had to flee.  Perhaps more so... God, in his world today, is as hidden to most people as he was when in Egypt's exile.” 

Father M. Raymond, O.C.S.O. made these observations in a 1954 book entitled, “God, A Woman and the Way”.  This gifted Cistercian priest warned us then that we Catholics were suffering from amnesia – that we had forgotten the purpose of our lives and much of what it means to be Catholic.

Sadly, the same comments can be made as I write this introduction more than fifty-seven years later. One might even argue that we Catholics are now comatose. We are not living as we should.  We have forgotten that we were made in the image of God, that as a result of original sin we are prone to sin ourselves, and that without God’s grace we will never overcome our sinful propensities.  We do not know basic fundamental truths of our Faith.  We are not taught our Faith.  We do not live our Faith.

Too many reject major teachings of the Church.  Much of what we hear is only partially true and therefore evilly deceptive. There is no objective moral good or evil, some voices shout.  One church is just as good as another goes the refrain.  And frequently, the invisible devilish forces whisper in our ears: “You don’t need God!” We substitute lies for the Truth!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Eucharistic Reflection - A Wounded Heart Speaks

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For centuries I have carried in My Heart a sorrowful cross. How many souls are there redeemed by My Blood, yet, definitely lost! Although destined to be consumed in the fires of My Love, they have already fallen by thousands into the terrible and avenging flames. Yet they belonged to Me!

Listen to them. From the depths of hell, they curse the crib of Bethlehem, My poverty, and My appeals to the World. They curse the blood-stained Cross imprinted on their conscience. They curse My Church which offered them the treasures of Redemption. They curse My Eucharist, they who would have spent eternity in bliss if they had been nourished by the bread of immortality, which I offer them in the Blessed Sacrament.

Yet how many of these unfortunate souls like you came to kneel at My feet but afterwards, yielding to the world, chose for themselves their hell.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday Musings - The Gift of Speech - Use It!

Too many of us have for too long remained silent in the face of evil and untruth. Too many of us have sat silently as all sense of the Sacred has been removed from many of our Church buildings and our Holy Masses. 

Too many of us for too long have mistakenly placed "not offending someone's feelings" over doing whatever might be necessary to help save their soul.

In short,  too many of us have been afraid to share the Truth. Our silence allows deception to take root, the profane to replace the Sacred and souls to be lost.

We can no longer remain silent. We have to shake things up; we have to "make a mess". 

We must worship God in the manner to which He and we are entitled. We must restore a sense of the Sacred and rediscover "awe and amazement" in His Eucharistic Presence here among us. We have to defend and fight for the Truth and demand that it be preached.

We have to use our gift of speech:.