Thursday, December 18, 2014
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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.
St. Catherine of Siena
“I long to see you making your home in the cell of self-knowledge, so that you may attain perfect love, for I know that we cannot please our Creator unless we love him, because he is love and wants nothing but love. If we do know ourselves we find this love. Why? Because we see our own nothingness, that our very existence is ours by grace and not because we have a right to it, and every grace beyond our existence as well - it is all given to us with boundless love. Then we discover so much of God's goodness poured out on us that words cannot describe it. And once we see ourselves so loved by God, we cannot help loving him. And within ourselves we love God and our own rationality, and hate the sensuality that would take inordinate pleasure in the world.”
(From The Dialogue)
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Jesus kissed and embraced His Cross for love of us, because by His Holy Cross He would become one with us in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the gift of Our Lord's Passion. With Mary we unite ourselves with Jesus and offer to Him all our sufferings in mind and body, in heart and soul…
We are never given more than we can carry or bear, and as Simon helped Jesus carry His cross, so Jesus Himself helps us carry ours…
All trials purify us and lead us into a deeper union with Jesus...
We offer Jesus all our sufferings for the salvation of souls, even the sufferings we bring upon ourselves.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
The refrains of O Come Let Us Adore Him reverberate through many of our Churches and communities this Advent Season. For many, this is the most joyful time of year, filled with hope and love and thoughts which go beyond oneself and which seek to touch the hearts of others. But is it an authentic Joy?
Truth be told a sense of Joy is absent from so many of us during the rest of the year. We are called to be joyful people, EVERY DAY, regardless of the individual circumstances and daily struggles of our lives. Not easy to do admittedly. We can never be truly joyful if we rely solely on ourselves.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014
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It's Sunday and time to join an interesting group of Catholic bloggers at RAnn's place where you are sure to find something that will touch your heart and stir your soul. Take a few minutes and visit!
I was prompted to write quite a bit this week. Here is so of what I shared:
Mary Our Mother
A Simple Reflection on Mary's Fiat
Who Will Step Up This Christmas and Speak the Truth in Love?
Eucharistic Reflection - The Pain of Not Receiving Love for Love
Book Trailer - Working Mother by Erin McCole Cupp
Remembering Our Lady of Guadalupe
Friday, December 12, 2014
While my wife and I were cleaning out our attic and basement a few weeks ago, we discovered a long lost treasure - photographs from a trip that my eldest daughter and I had taken to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City more than twenty-five years ago.
At the time of that visit, the original Church built at the request of the Blessed Mother, was deemed unsafe to enter. A new modern structure – much larger had been erected nearby.
I remember pausing in awe and wonder watching pilgrims walking on their knees across the plaza leading to the Cathedral, some of whom I was later told had been walking in that manner for miles. I regret now not having photographically captured the inspiring witness of those devoted souls.