" "When God sees us coming to Him in prayer, He leans His Heart down very low to His little creature, like a father who bends down to listen to his child when it speaks to him."

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Worth Revisiting - Homilies - When Were You Last Challenged To Change the Way You Live?

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Here are my thoughts this week:

Homilies - When Were You Last Challenged To Change the Way You Live? 

(Originally posted on February 16, 2015)

The best homilies are those which challenge us to look objectively at our relationship with God and how we live out our faith. We need to be reminded of the great chasm that often exists between what we profess to believe and how we actually live our lives. We must be encouraged to seek God's grace and forgiveness if we are ever to bridge that gap.

How can that be done? Father Suarez has some unambiguous suggestions:

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Eucharistic Reflection - One With Him

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The principal and proper end of the Eucharist is to receive into our souls the spirit of Christ by means of which we are transformed into Him and we live as He lived, with the same charity, humility, patience, obedience, poverty of spirit, mortification of body and disdain of the world that He manifested. 

This is what it means to eat and drink Christ, to be transformed into Him, and to become one thing with Him, as was done by St. Paul, who said: ‘I live now, not I, but Christ liveth in me.’ Therefore this should be our principal intention, as well as to renew in this Sacrament the memory of His passion and to thank Him for the inestimable benefit of our redemption.”

(From Summa of the Christian Life by Ven. Louis of Granada, O.P.)

Monday, August 29, 2016

Monday Musings - My Winged Messengers

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Whenever I have been blessed to spend time in the chapel at the retreat house at the Abbey of Genesee an assortment of birds always flies above and around the exterior of the chapel as I first begin to pray – carefree, chirping, doing what God created them to do, and trusting Him to provide for their needs.  After a time, they leave me as silence returns.

The presence of my feathered friends at these times of prayer is God’s way of reminding me that if He cares and provides for these little creatures, how much more certain I can be He will do so for me.

I can never be reminded of this truth enough.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - August 25, 2106

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. Josemaria Escriva

“This and no other is the end of the Church: the salvation of souls, one by one. For this the Father sent the Son. And, Jesus said, ‘even so I send you’ (John 20:21). From this rises the command to make His doctrine known and to baptize, so that the Most Blessed Trinity may reside in the soul, through grace.” 

(From In Love With the Church)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Worth Revisiting - Above All - Do Not Close Our Church Doors

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Here is what I am sharing this week:

Above All - Do Not Close Our Church Doors

(Originally posted October 23, 2014)

[One is left to ponder how different our Church would be today had we listened to the Holy Pontiff. It is not too late to open the doors and encourage us to visit He Who Is Love.]

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"Above all, do not allow - as some do, who are deceived under the pretext of restoring the liturgy or who idly claim that only liturgical rites are of any real value and dignity - that churches be closed during the hours not appointed for public functions, as has already happened in some places: where the adoration of the august Sacrament and visits to our Lord in the tabernacles are neglected; where confession of devotion is discouraged; and devotion to the Virgin Mother of God, a sign of 'predestination' according to the opinion of holy men, is so neglected, especially among the young, as to fade away and gradually vanish. Such conduct most harmful to Christian piety is like poisonous fruit, growing on the infected branches of a healthy tree, which must be cut off so that the life-giving sap of the tree may bring forth only the best fruit."
(Pope Pius XII - "Mediator Dei" 1947)

Eucharistic Reflection - Stay With Me!

“To each of us He says from the tabernacle: ‘Stay you here, and watch with Me…Could you not watch one hour with Me?’ Or if not one hour, one quarter?

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Stay with Me because I am going to offer My morning sacrifice, and men are too busy to assist at the oblation of Myself for them.

“Stay with Me for a few moments at midday, when the glare of the world and its rush and its din are fiercest. Turn off the crowded pavement into the quiet church, ‘Come apart…and rest a little.’

“Stay with Me because it is towards evening and the day is now far spent. There will be no more visitors for Me today, none through the long hours of the night. Stay with Me because it is towards evening

(From Coram Sanctissimo by Mother Mary Loyola)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday Musings - Our Priests Need and Deserve Our Support!

Truth be told, too many of us take our priests for granted. Satan has his sights on them. He attacks and seeks to destroy their vocations. How our beloved priests need and deserve our prayerful support!

Yet, we do not pray for them as we ought. That has got to change. Thankfully, there are a number of efforts underway to correct that failure.

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I had the privilege of attending A Holy Hour in Honor of the Priesthood held on August 4, 2016 in Syracuse, New York. This occurred on the feast day of St. John Marie Vianney, patron saint of priests. The Holy Hour was sponsored by the Martin Society – whose mission is “to pray and support Priests in their vocation of service to the Catholic Church”.

A special friend, who is the mother of a priest, offered an opening reflection that evening. I felt it should be shared with an audience beyond those who were blessed to be there that night. She has graciously given me permission to share it here.

May the words of this mother whose love for priests knows no bounds, stir you to pray daily for our priests – ALL of our priests, without exception.

I will conclude this post by sharing the prayer we all offered that night – quite appropriate for daily recitation. Cut it out and use it!

After thanking the sponsors of the Holy Hour this is what Kathy Kreinheder had to say:

“It is good that we are here.

It is good because our priests need us - just as we need them. St. John Vianney- whose feast we celebrate today- said,  “Without the priests the death and passion of our Lord would be of no use. It is the priest who continues the work of redemption on earth.”

It is no surprise then that one saint after another has declared that the devil’s principal target on earth is the Catholic priest. This has been the fact since the days of the early church -  but now the challenge seems greater and the stakes seem higher.