" "We belong to the Church Militant; and she is militant because on earth the powers of darkness are ever restless to encompass her destruction." - Venerable Pius XII

Monday, January 23, 2017

Monday Musings - If You Love God and His Priests

The tragic truth about our Catholic Church today and far too many of its bishops, priests, religious and lay people is the failure to make the Sacred Eucharist the center of our lives, as our Lord has commanded us to do.

In far too many parishes, we have, for all practical purposes, ignored and abandoned our Eucharistic Lord imprisoned in tabernacles behind locked doors. 

When we are in His Presence we often act irreverently and as if He were not there. Multiple surveys have concluded that few holding themselves out as being Catholics actually believe that our Lord is really and substantially present in the Eucharist.

We have lost the sense of the sacred, using our Church buildings not exclusively as places of worship, prayer and adoration but for such inappropriate activities as secular community events, pageants, slide shows of our graduating students, the viewing of secular movies, coffee cafes and socializing. 

For centuries, our Lord has been calling us “to come to Him in the Sacrament of His love.” His requests have fallen on deaf ears, hard hearts and cold souls.

This cannot continue. We have to do something about this disgrace NOW! We must speak candidly about this crisis in our Church to our priests, bishops and to each other – the salvation of souls hinges on our doing so.

Let me suggest this simple step to you:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Worth Revisiting - Toward Reclaiming the Sacred Nature of our Churches

Thank you Allison Gingras  (Reconciled To You) and Elizabeth Riordan (Theology Is A Verb) for this opportunity to re-publish a favorite post on Worth Revisiting.

Stop for a visit now (and every Wednesday). The gifted hostesses and other writers who post each week will no doubt have much of value to offer you..

Here's my contribution:

Toward Reclaiming the Sacred Nature of our Churches 

(Originally posted on February 22, 2016)

When you enter your parish Church are you struck with the awesome power of reverent silence? 

Do all who enter demonstrate reverence for, and their belief,  in the Real Presence of their loving Savior by reverently genuflecting to He Whom they have come to worship and adore?

Are your fellow parishioners on their knees praying or sitting silently gazing upon the Tabernacle instead of chatting with their neighbors? 

Do they stay for a moment at the end of Mass offering a silent prayer of thanksgiving?

Do they exit silently and postpone idle chatter until they are physically outside the Presence of the Lord whose Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity they have just eaten and drank?

If the answer to any or all of these questions is "No" then  it is time to do something about this - one person and one family at a time:

Our God deserves, and is entitled to be treated with, reverence and respect.

Eucharistic Reflection - The Invention of Love

"Now write for My souls: I want to tell them of the poignant sorrow which filled My heart at the Last Supper. If it was bliss for Me to think of those to whom I should be both Companion and Heavenly Food, of all those would surround Me to the end of time with adoration, reparation and love…this in no wise diminished My grief at the many who leave Me deserted in My tabernacle and who would not even believe in MY Real Presence…Sacrileges and outrages, and all the nameless abominations to be committed against Me passed before My eyes…

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It is love for souls that keeps Me a prisoner in the Blessed Sacrament, I stay there that all may come and find the comfort they need in the tenderest of Hearts, the best of Fathers, the most faithful of Friends, who will never abandon them. The Holy Eucharist is the invention of Love…Yet how few souls correspond to that love which spends and consumes itself for them."

(Sister Josefa Menendez from The Way of Divine Love)

Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Musings - Your Horse or Your Soul?

Father Winfrid Herbst, S.D.S. wrote The Way to God in 1947 at a time when the Catholic Church had not yet lost sight of its primary purpose - the salvation of souls. As will be clear from the following excerpt, however,  not all Catholics back then made the salvation of their souls a personal priority.  

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“Some people, who do not pray much and who do not make their work prayer by living in the state of grace and doing everything with a good intention, spend hours and hours every day on other things but only a few minutes on their souls.

It reminds me of a priest who asked a man who was caring for his horse how much time he spent every day caring for the animal. He said, ‘About two hours.’ The priest asked him how much time he spent every day caring for his soul. 

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He said, ‘A few minutes.’ Whereupon the good priest answered, ‘Since that is the case, if I belonged to you I would rather be your horse than your soul.’ 

Some of those odd stories are really thought provoking.”

(From The Way to God by Father Winfrid Herbst, S.D.S.)

Some observers would suggest that even far fewer contemporary Catholics pay any attention to their souls. Rarely is the need to do so discussed in Church - God being so merciful, you know.

May Father's "odd story" prompt us to pay more attention to our eternal souls today than to our horses and other possessions. Remember, none of us are promised a tomorrow.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - January 12, 2017

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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.

Justice Antonin Scalia 

“[Christ’s] message was not the need to eliminate hunger or misery or misfortune, but rather the need for each individual to love and help the hungry, the miserable, and the unfortunate. To the extent that the State takes upon itself one of the corporal works of mercy that could and would have been undertaken privately, it deprives individuals of an opportunity for sanctification and deprives the Body of Christ of an occasion for the interchange of love among its members.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Eucharistic Reflection - Poor, Blind and Miserable Creatures

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One day, when I was assisting at the Holy Sacrifice, I saw an immense number of Holy Angels descend and gather around the altar, contemplating the priest. They sang heavenly canticles that ravished my heart; Heaven itself seemed to be contemplating the great Sacrifice. And yet we poor blind and miserable creatures assist at Mass with so little love, relish and respect.

(St Bridget from All About Angels)