“The fight against conscience is the most foolish fight in the world.” – Father Winfrid Herbst, S.D.S.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Rosary Reflection - Its Beauty

"The entire Rosary has the beauty of reproducing the theological thoughts concerning Mary, they are reproduced in the entire dialectic of truth and deduction. Marian theology and the Rosary are two poems that are united into one, two hymns forming one hymn, two magnificent temples, two cathedrals of thought and piety, that come together as one...

Here in the Rosary, piety speaks in the language of theologians. Here meditation rises to the heights attained by scholars. Here prayer dwells where the scholars are brought to a halt.

Marian theology and the Rosary are therefore similar to two temples having at the same height their pinnacles and spires. The people of God in the Church have found the Rosary, its Book of Psalms. The clergy have the Divine Office, the people have the Rosary. Like The Divine Comedy, the Rosary is a trilogy: it recalls the joys, sorrows, and triumphs of Jesus and in perfect symmetry, for each part it has five chants, and each chant in turn is an episode. 

The Rosary could very well be called the poem of human redemption. The Rosary is a poem that takes its lively but simplistic hues from the pure palette of the Gospel; while at the same time it draws its logical ties, its harmonious responses, its entire intimate dialectic from the highest theology."

                           (Blessed Bartolo Longo)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Guest Post From Vultus Christi - "Hide Yourself In Me"

What follows is another magnificent reflection from Vultus Christi

Oh, how we take our Eucharistic Lord for granted! 

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Oh, how differently our lives and our world would be if we would spend time with our Hidden Lord, locked and ignored in the tabernacles of His Churches.

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                                    Hide Yourself In Me

I am a hidden God
and those whom I call to adore Me
must hide themselves in Me,
becoming hidden from the eyes of the world,
and hidden even from themselves,
having a pure gaze fixed upon Me alone,
even as My pure filial gaze is fixed upon My Father in heaven.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Eucharistic Reflection - Above All Do Not Close Our Church Doors

[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)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Snippets - October 19, 2014

(Canandaigua Lake, NY)

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!

Question of the Week: Have you ever tried the Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office)? Why or why not, and, if so, is it something you pray regularly?

I pray portions of the Liturgy of the Hours daily (Morning, Evening and Night prayer), not simply because I am expected to do so as a Lay Dominican but because I have come to treasure the peace and rhythm it brings to my life.

Rosary Reflection - Receive A Never-Fading Crown Of Glory

Monday Musings - Let Us Never Forget EVERYTHING Comes From God

Eucharistic Adoration - Our Ingratitude

Our Full And Complete Surrender

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - October 16, 2014

Mary of Nazareth BlogTour/Rosary Crawl - The Finding In The Temple

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Rosary Reflection - Receive a Never-Fading Crown of Glory

"If you say the Rosary faithfully until death, I do assure you that, in spite of the gravity of your sins 'you shall receive a never-fading crown of glory'. Even if you are on the brink of damnation, even if you have one foot in hell, even if you have sold your soul to the devil as sorcerers do who practice black magic, and even if you are a heretic as obstinate as a devil, sooner or later you will be converted and will amend your life and save your soul, if - and mark well what I say - if you say the Rosary devoutly every day until death for the purpose of knowing the truth and obtaining contrition and pardon for your sins."

(St. Louis Marie de Montfort)