“Zeal for the salvation of souls should burn in our hearts.” - St. Maria Faustina Kowalska

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Eucharistic Reflection - Will You Also Go Away?

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After this [Jesus telling His followers that he who feeds on His flesh and drinks His blood has eternal life] many of His disciples went back and walked no more with Him.

Then Jesus said to the twelve: Will you also go away ?

This question came from a Heart so inflamed with love, and was in itself so strong a proof of excessive tenderness, that it could not fail to oblige those, to whom it was directed, to love Jesus Christ yet more ardently.

It had also all the effect that this Divine Savior desired; and this increase of fervor in the Apostles, consoled Him a little, for the affliction He felt, at the departure of those who had forsaken Him.

Jesus Christ often asks us the same question, and for the same reason. How happy should we be, if it had the same effect!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Monday Musings - We Are Neither Blameless For Our Culture's Demise Nor Powerless To Redirect It

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As we bemoan the apparent disintegration of the moral fiber and structure of this once great nation, we most recognize our own significant contributions to this tragic outcome - remaining silent in the face of evil, reluctance and fear to teach and defend the Truth, misguided tolerance of conduct offensive to God (such as not valuing the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death) and the poor example of cowardly and Faithless lives.

Having said this, we must not wallow in embarrassment and self-pity over our failures. 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

When Was The Last Time You Really Looked At A Crucifix?

There are still Catholics (albeit their numbers are dwindling) who attend Mass on Sunday, even though some of them often complain that Mass is boring and/or that they get nothing out of it. 

Let me ask two questions.

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When was the last time you really looked at a crucifix? I mean really gazed at one and pondered the realities it depicts.

When was the last time you went to Mass and reminded yourself that you were about to spend time at the foot of Jesus's cross?

If you have never done either of theses exercises or it has been some time since you did,  take a few minutes today to read and meditate on the following reflections of Father Raymond and author John Lynch.

Then when you next go to Church, arrive a few minutes earlier than normal. Gaze upon the crucifix and recall what is about to take place at the Altar of Sacrifice. 

“You have never looked upon a crucifix and seen what the early Christians saw. They had seen men nailed!

‘They'd seen them, twisting, sinking of their own

Weight pulled upon the nails; with tongues extended,

Heads that swung in torture side to side,

That lifted up and cried for death in babbled

Spurts of sound. They'd seen them. They had seen

Men nailed . . .’

So must we look - until we see! For this is the Mass - the only important thing in all the world! This sacrilege which wrought salvation. We must look as Mary looked. We must stand as Mary stood.”

(From God, A Woman and The Way by Rev. M. Raymond, O.C.S.O. wherein Father includes the italicized excerpt from A Woman Wrapped in Silence by John Lynch )

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Podcast - Letter To A Friend

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I am excited to post my first podcast - one that I hope you will enjoy and which will lead to my posting others in the future.

What do you tell a friend who has stopped attending Mass? Write him a letter.

Click here to hear it.

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - July 30, 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.

St. Gregory the Great

There are some who wish to be humble, but without being despised, who wish to be happy with their lot, but without being needy, who wish to be chaste without mortifying the body, to be patient without suffering. They want both to acquire virtues and to avoid the sacrifices those virtues involve; they are like soldiers who flee the battlefield an try to win the war from the comfort of the city.”

(From Moralia)

St. Maria Faustina Kowalska

“I will thank the Lord Jesus for every humiliation and will pray specially for the person who has given me the chance to be humiliated. I will immolate myself for the benefit of souls. I will not count the cost of any sacrifice, I will cast myself beneath the feet of the sisters, like a carpet on which they can not only tread, but also wipe their feet. My place is under the feet of the sisters. I will make every effort to obtain that place unnoticed by others. It is enough that God see this.”

(From Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska)

St. Francis de Sales

"So you want to know the best time to serve the Lord? It is the present time, which is in your possession here and now. The past is no longer yours; the future has not come yet and is uncertain. The best time is really the present, which you should spend in serving God. If you want to recover the lost time, do your best, with fervor and diligence, in the time that still remains to you."

(From Sermons)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

"It's Worth Revisiting" Wednesday - This Is No Time to Water Down the Truths and Precepts of Jesus Christ

Thank you Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan for inviting Catholic bloggers re-post their favorite articles on “It’s Worth Revisiting” Wednesdays.  

Go there now (and every Wednesday) and let these authors bless and challenge you in your Faith journey. 

During the rest of each week visit Allison at Reconciled To You and Elizabeth at Theology Is A Verb. You will enjoy your time there.

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I enjoy using In Conversations with God as a resource and tool to facilitate my understanding of, and reflection on, the daily Scriptures. Rarely is there a day that I do not gain something of value from this work. Today was no exception.

In our current culture, we are urged to extraordinary (and often absurd) extremes not to offend anyone with our words - verbal or written. "Better not to offend someone's feelings," the monitors of political correctness urge, "than to share the full and unabridged Truth." 

In their upside down world, there is no Absolute or Moral Truth and no concern for the salvation of souls. 

The pressure to conform to this cultural demand is ever increasing. The number of individuals who have surrendered to this evil (even within our Church) expands daily. Those who refuse to abandon the teachings of Jesus and His Church have been and will be increasingly singled out and persecuted, much like St. Paul in centuries past and the Christians in the Middle East today. We are witnessing the beginnings of such persecution here in our own country, . 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Eucharistic Reflection - To Be Like You

"In order to be like You, who are always alone in the Blessed Sacrament, I shall love solitude and try to converse with You as much as possible. Grant that my mind may not seek to know anything but You, that my heart may have no longings or desires but to love You. When I am obliged to take some comfort, I shall take care to see that it be pleasing to Your Heart. 

In my conversations, O divine Word, I shall consecrate all my words to You so that You will not permit me to pronounce a single one which is not for Your glory.... When I am thirsty, I shall endure it in honor of the thirst You endured for the salvation of souls.... If by chance, I commit some fault, I shall humble myself, and then take the opposite virtue from Your Heart, offering it to the eternal Father in expiation for my failure.

All this I intend to do, O Eucharistic Jesus, to unite myself to You in every action of the day." 

(St. Margaret Mary from Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament)