“Christ will be in his death throes until the end of the world.” – Blaise Pascal

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Eucharistic Reflection - A Time of Encounter

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It [Eucharistic Adoration] is a time of encounter between the depths of our misery and the depths of God's love. It is there that I can know that I am loved by Christ who delivered himself for me. Everything is from him. He knows how to untie the knots that keep me in their grip. There, I to be silent in the deepest part of myself in order to be transformed by the Holy Spirit, real problems resolving themselves at the foot of the tabernacle. Jesus said to Angela of Foligno: "Concern yourself with me, and I will concern myself with you." Adoration nourishes faith, trains it to avoid lapsing into unbelief or superstition. It is essential among this people that believes that it is being injured. Adoration is not a pharmacy but the gratuitousness of God's gift.

(Archbishop Kébreau of Cap-HaItien quoted in Could You Not Watch With Me One Hour? by Father Florian Racine)

Monday, April 27, 2015

Monday Musings - So What’s the Rush?

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Many professing to be Catholic - even among those who attend Sunday Mass regularly - have lost the sense of the Sacred and their belief in the Real Presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

The many reasons for this are beyond the scope of this brief reflection.

Let me mention just two  (1) the misuse of Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist whose assistance at Mass should be restricted to those very rare occasions “whenever the number of faithful wishing to receive Communion is so great that the celebration of Mass would be unduly long (emphasis added); and (2) the failure of so many of us to spend sufficient time in thanksgiving and conversation with the Lord whose Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity we consume.

Since reception under both species is neither required nor recommended for frequent use, can anyone truthfully say that their Sunday Mass would be unduly prolonged if there were no Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist? What is so wrong about extending the time during which silent conversation can take place between we sinners and the Divine Physician now present within our fleshly temples?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Work of God

May the wisdom of this great saint stir our souls to a greater appreciation for the magnificence and value of each Mass offered daily throughout the world.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - April 23, 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.

 Gaudium et Spes

“The Christian who neglects his temporal duties, neglects his duties toward his neighbor and even God, and jeopardizes his eternal salvation."

(Gaudium et Spes, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, 43)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Now Is Not The Time To Remain Silent

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Help me understand this!

For far too many years now, there have been Bishops, priests, religious and laity (including prominent politicians claiming to be Catholic), who have engaged in public dissent from the Church’s teachings with little or no public correction from the Shepherds charged with the salvation of their souls.  Such public dissent – so destructive to the spiritual well-being of other Catholics - is more often than not met with public silence.

Yet two simple priests (Fathers Joseph Illo and Patrick Driscoll), who are trying to establish an Oratory of St. Philip Neri in a San Francisco parish in hopes of  reigniting the flames of knowledge, love and fidelity for the Catholic Faith, are met with public ridicule and criticism, some of which come from their brother priests.

At the same time, a public effort is made to have the Holy Father remove Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, their Archbishop, simply because he insists on fulfilling his pastoral duties – to teach the Truth and remind Catholics of their obligation to conform their personal and professional lives to that Truth.

None of this makes sense unless one realizes this is the work of the Evil One “who roams throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls”.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Key to Being Content in This Life

There is only one real way to lasting happiness - total surrender and abandonment to God's will. There is, however,  a number of ways to express and explain that Truth. 

On Sunday,  I shared Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's take on this vital issue. Today, I offer the wisdom of St. Josemaria Escriva. 

We would be wise to let their words penetrate and saturate our minds hearts and souls.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Eucharistic Reflection - Let Us Not Be Mean With Our Time

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“Eucharistic piety should be centered above all on the celebration of the Lord's Supper, which perpetuates the pouring out of His love on the Cross. But it has a logical prolongation ...in the adoration of Christ in this divine Sacrament, in the Visit to the Blessed Sacrament, in prayer beside the Tabernacle, as well as in those other exercises of devotion both personal and collective, private and public, which you have been practicing for centuries ... Jesus waits for us in this Sacrament of Love. Let us not be mean with our time when it comes to going to meet Him in adoration, in contemplation that is filled with faith, and disposed to make reparation for the grave faults and crimes of the world.

(Saint John Paul II Address, October 31, 1982)