"Never be afraid of loving the blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did." – St. Maximilian Kolbe

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Eucharistic Reflection - Approachiing The Holy Table

 
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"And since so few people now hear the words, 'Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened,' let each of us, when he approaches the Holy Table, look upon himself as the delegate of all those he loves or has loved, living or dead. 
When God makes His way into our souls, He does not find us alone. All those from whom we proceed and who have gone to sleep before us may receive, in Purgatory, some benefit of grace pervading us, their living children, when we pray for them. And all our friends who are kept away from the Source of grace by sin, indifference, ignorance, and incredulity - those who have helped us and those we have harmed - are present in our thoughts in this ineffable instant."
  Francois Mauriac

Monday, June 29, 2015

We Stand With You Lord - No Matter The Price We May Be Asked To Pay!

May the following words penned more than 50 years ago by Rev. M. Raymond, O.C.S.O. encourage us during these trying times and our pending exile in a world that has, for the most part, turned its back on the Lord who created them, died for them, yet still offers all of us eternal life:




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



Mary saw raw, rampant paganism all about her, yet she nursed God at her breast; she had to listen to false gods being called upon, yet she heard the Word of God utter His first human word. And while the sight of pyramids standing out against a setting sun, and the shimmer on the waters of the Nile told her not only that she was in exile, but that her whole people had once been here, yet when she gazed into the starry light in His eyes and knew that it had been kindled from light in her own and that He was the Maker of the stars, Egypt and exile was heaven. It was here she saw Him take His first step, listened to Him laugh in baby glee, felt His tiny hand caress her cheek and tangle in her hair; it was here that she bathed, clothed, fed her Baby who was God; it was here that she tucked God in bed and sang God to sleep; it was here that her whole night and day, her whole being, her whole existence was God who was also her Child.

If to know and love God is heaven, then to labor and live and love Jesus in Egypt is a heavenly exile." 

 (From God, A Woman and The Way)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Reparation - A Most Timely Reminder

When man rejects God's law, there is one most appropriate and necessary response that all who love their Suffering Savior should offer Him:



Saturday, June 27, 2015

It's "Worth Revisiting Wednesday" - Have We Forgotten

We thank Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan for inviting Catholic bloggers re-post their favorite articles on “It’s Worth Revisiting” Wednesdays. Do yourself a favor and  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 visits.
 
I hope you find the following post worthwhile:

Have We Forgotten?

We marvel at the physical miracles, big and small, that Jesus performed during His time here on earth – for example raising Lazarus from the dead and healing St. Peter’s mother-in-law of her fever. And well we should.
But what we often overlook is the frequency with which Jesus spoke to and expelled demons – as is mentioned in so many places in the Gospel (for example, Mark 1:34, Mt 8:16 and 24-34, Luke 11:41 and 11:14)  Isn’t it foolish to think that there is less demonic presence in our current times then when Jesus walked this earth?

The reality of Satan and the never ending spiritual battle to which we are subjected during our earthly lives are two topics rarely discussed or considered these days in most parishes. Too few among us recognize that we are engaged in spiritual combat with the unseen demons roaming the world in search of our souls.

This is not, according to Father George P. Schommer, O.P., a good thing:
 
“The devil is real.  We fail to recognize the reality of his existence and power and therefore we often fall prey to his many tricks.  Satan’s goal is to lead us away from God and to separate us from Him for all eternity…Satan wants us to despair, to give up, to separate us from God and lead us to hopelessness.  We cannot fight this spiritual battle on our own.  We fail because we rely on our own resources.  We fail to grasp that a missile is coming in from the enemy.  We try on our own to defeat Satan.  We cannot succeed on our own.”

This good Dominican is not alone. The late Servant of God, Archbishop J. Sheen, insisted that many seeking the assistance of psychologists and psychiatrists suffer not from mental illness, but from their failure to recognize and repent of the sin in their lives. They would be better served by spending less time on the couch and more time at the foot of Jesus’ Cross, on their knees in front of His tabernacle and in the confessional from which flows the spiritual cleansing and healing graces they seek and which our loving and merciful Lord offers in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Let’s be clear then. Satan and his cohorts are real. Just look around you. There is abundant and irrefutable evidence.

We don’t. Consequently, evil often roams unimpeded and countless souls are lost.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

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Are You On Guard?


Some very sound advice:


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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