" "To love God is something greater than to know him." -St. Thomas Aquinas

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Pondering Tidbits of Truth (Volume 3) 



From the Introduction

It has been said of St. Dominic de Guzman, the founder of the Order of Preachers, the Dominicans, that “wherever he was, he always spoke to God, or about God”.

Our loving Lord was never far from his consciousness.

Intuitively, we realize deep down in our souls that we too need a relationship with God. We must make time for Him and learn more about Him and what He expects of us. More importantly, we must speak to Him, love and honor Him, thank Him for His countless blessings, and ask for His assistance.

I am certain that none of us spend our days in such constant thought of the God Who made us as did St. Dominic. There are probably more than a few days when we give Him little or no consideration - not because we don’t love Him or don’t have a desire to get closer to Him or to learn more about Him or what He expects of us, but because we are overwhelmed by the responsibilities and trials of our earthly lives.

We have convinced ourselves that we have little time for Him.

Or so we think.

Pondering Tidbits of Truth Volume 3 is a simple but sure-fire tool to make certain you spend some time every day thinking about, and being in the presence of, the God who loves you and desires to spend eternity with you. It is an inspiring way to learn more about the Catholic Faith.

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Pondering Tidbits of Truth (Volume 2)

Let me ask you two questions? Are you at the point in your spiritual life where you sense God prodding you to spend more time each day reading, pondering and reflecting on the truths of your Catholic faith, but you do not know where to begin or how you will find the time to do so? Fret no more. The hard work has been done for you.

Pondering Tidbits of Truth (Volume 2), like its Volume 1 predecessor, sets forth 100 quotations from ancient and contemporary Catholics that will challenge and inspire you. The wisdom contained within these books will provide much fruit for your contemplation.

Spend just five minutes a day on one quotation. Chew on it. Dissect it. Debate it. Repeat it. Recall it during the course of your waking hours. What is that quotation saying to you? Is there something in it that you need to apply to your life and spiritual journey? Stay with that pearl of wisdom until its truth penetrates your heart and soul. Then move on to the next quotation and begin the process anew.

If you are like most of those responding to our Lord’s promptings, you will not tire of re-reading these truths from time to time. 

Comments On The Book:

"Another invaluable source of saintly wisdom and Church teaching. In a world where the truth is so twisted, this little volume sets the reader straight...I enjoy these compilations immensely."

Anne Costa, Author and Catholic Radio Host


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I Thirst For Your Love


Awarded Seal of Approval by Catholic Writers' Guild

[Excerpts from Introduction)

The time for mincing words is over. 

The most significant crisis in the Catholic Church today, from which all the other problems we are experiencing flow, is the fact that an overwhelming majority of those identifying themselves as Catholic, no longer believe that our Lord Jesus Christ is really, truly and substantially present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Blessed Sacrament!

The sad but truthful reality is that in far too many of our Catholic parishes we have lost the sense of the sacred and an appreciation for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that are both essential for fostering and maintaining a belief in the Real Presence.
Instead of cursing this darkness, ignorance and disbelief, it’s time to do something affirmative to console Our Lord and to help rediscover a sense of the "sacred" and of "awe and amazement" in this gift of the Eucharist, as Saint John Paul II and Benedict XVI had so frequently urged us to do.

We do not need any more study groups or committees or commissions in our Church. All lukewarmness toward or outright opposition to the promotion of Eucharistic adoration and spirituality must cease. We need Bishops, priests, religious and laypeople to frequently get on their knees before their Eucharistic Lord. It is He, not any of us, Who will gift us with a deep, abiding, life-changing, sanctifying belief in His Real Human and Divine Presence here among us. Everything else we need or think we need individually or as Church will flow from Him.

Ponder this Truth: Our God does not need any of us, not even for a millisecond. Yet, as Jesus hung from the cross more than 2000 years ago, He let us know He was thirsty – not a physical thirst - but an unquenchable spiritual thirst as our Lord, Savior and Redeemer to be loved by those He created and for whose eternal benefit He died.

In the ensuing centuries, not enough of us have made sufficient effort to quench His thirst. For the most part, many of us ignore His plea to love Him as He loves us. He still thirsts for our love. He is still waiting for us to love Him! Has He not waited long enough? Why have so many of us been unwilling to quench His thirst?

There is only one credible and honest answer to that question - one that should make each of us uncomfortable but spur us to action. If we really believed Jesus Christ was truly here with us, we would come visit Him. Nothing would prevent us from doing so. We would not permit anyone or anything to take precedence over Him.

But we do not come as we ought because not enough of us believe He is here!

We are the only ones who can quench His thirst. All we have to do is come into His Presence and tell Him we love Him! That’s it! But most of us don’t and won’t.

He remains not only thirsty but heartbroken!

Shame on us for denying Him what He deserves, what He has asked of us and that which would be so very easy to give Him!

To have such a great gift, to have a God so easily accessible and not to reverence and appreciate that Gift, is the greatest of all human failings.

It is the author’s hope that after reading this book you will come to Love Him! Reverence Him! Visit Him!

Quench His thirst!

Comments On the Book: 

If you have ever wanted to know more about Our Lord Jesus Christ exposed in a monstrance, and referred to as Our Blessed Sacrament, then this book is for you. Michael Seagriff does an excellent job at helping you to understand that it is truly Jesus Christ, Himself, contained in the monstrance, exposed during Adoration. Michael helps the reader to understand why we should be more reverent to the Blessed Sacrament. He also provides suggestions on how we can be more reverent when in Church. The messages from Jesus, contained in this book, taken from In Sinn Iesu (The Journal of a Priest) were beyond powerful. When reading them, I felt like Jesus was talking directly to my heart about what it means to Him to have someone visit with Him in Church. I highly recommend taking this book to Adoration and reading it in Christ's Presence. The prayers in the Appendices can be recited over and over, at each visit. This book is a gem! "

Virginia Lieto, Author and Blogger

"Tender, earnest, and heartfelt—I Thirst For Your Love is an excellent collection of beautiful poignant Eucharistic reflections. Author Michael Seagriff believes we have lost the sense of the Sacred and offers countless reasons for us to pause and ponder Jesus’ Sacred thirst for our love. I highly recommend this book."

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle, Author, Speaker  and ETWN Host

"As I was reading [this book] I just kept thinking how urgent is this message. You say it with clarity and charity. Anyone reading this book will not be able to resist the 'wooing' of our Saviour to His wounded heart. As a woman, the holy gift of my receptivity resides and is invigorated by His Eucharistic presence. Jesus in the tabernacle is our only hope, quenching His thirst our single aim."

Anne Costa, Author and Catholic Radio Host


[The author] has written a book full of little reminders as eye-opening as they are stimulating and, in some cases, conscience pricking. We are taken on a journey of considerations surrounding our behavior and attitudes toward Eucharistic Adoration and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with the effect of stirring us to spend more time with Our Lord in Adoration and being more focused and attentive at Mass...I think this book needs to be promoted in every parish for the sake of evangelizing ourselves and others. ..

Barb Schoeneberger, Catholic Blogger at Suffering With Joy

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Forgotten Truths To Set Faith Afire! Words to Challenge, Inspire and Instruct

Also Awarded Seal of Approval by Catholic Writers' Guild


WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH BUT DON’T THINK YOU HAVE THE TIME? Michael Seagriff, a Lay Dominican and retired attorney, has done the heavy lifting for you by compiling more than 1200 quotations from Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Popes, Church Doctors, saints, bishops, priests, sinners and regular folk.

These essential but often Forgotten Truths opened his eyes, spoke to his heart, and stirred his soul. The power of these words changed his life and can do the same for all who read and reflect upon them.
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Excerpts from Amazon.com and Goodreads Reviews: 

Each page is filled with powerful words to affirm, inspire and encourage Catholics and Christians in their faith.  
Anne Costa, Author 

I am very impressed with this book and the author's commitment to writing about the Catholic Faith in a very informational and inspirational manner. I have no doubt that this book will help others on their Faith journeys.

Donna M. Cooper O’Boyle, ETWN TV host and author 

One thing I like about the book is that you can open it anywhere, read a passage and ponder on what you have read for either a few minutes or for however long you want. Then see where that time contemplating takes you - maybe into a deeper and more spiritual life.  

Catherine Vallier, Lay Dominican

The book is easy to read and difficult to put down... It enhanced my own faith, as I'm sure it would that of any Christian.

Bernie Conklin, Author

I love reading this book in company with the Lord in adoration…the words just jump off the page to me!
Jackie Stutman

Very enlightening but not so deep that you get lost or disinterested…Helps to keep the rest of the day in perspective. 
H. Ball


This book is so detailed with valuable information at your fingertips. It is worth every penny and if your mind is open to deepen your spirituality then I highly recommend. 

Linda Henry

This was very inspirational. It gives a deep insight into God, His wondrous deeds, and it also makes you realize that Heaven is truly not of this world.

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Fleeting Glimpses of the Silly, Sentimental and Sublime

May the stories you read here bring you laughter at a time you feel forlorn, comfort when you are overburdened with the challenges of daily living, tears of joy when certain words you read or images they generate resurrect thoughts of those you loved and lost, greater appreciation for the gift of life, zeal for the salvation of souls, and an increased desire to give to God and those He created what He and they deserve.

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Excerpts from Amazon.com Reviews:


Life is fleeting but through Michael Seagriff's inspirational moments, he offers the opportunity to hang on just a little tighter and slow things down. Life is more beautiful, deeper, and more fulfilling when we stop and take it in. Seagriff's story give us a Gospel perspective of God, love, the gift of family and of life.

His book is a treasure of stories that earned him wisdom through experiences lived in union with God and his Catholic faith.

"By taking these words to heart, we might recognize some of the crosses we most dread to carry are no more than toothpicks and that, by God’s grace, no cross He sends will ever be too heavy."

"The minute I silently accepted our impending deaths, I received an unmistakable, non-verbal, internal prompting to stop the car. It made no sense! But I did as I was prompted."

"God does not promise those who love him a life here free of trials and tribulations. Time before Him in the Blessed Sacrament is no guaranty of a struggle free life. But He does promise sufficient graces to carry our daily crosses and eternity with Him for those who love Him."

I highly recommend this book for those who like to think and feel and grow closer to God and family.
Patti Maguire Armstrong


This collection of autobiographical short stories are brimming with love. Mike has such a gift for pulling in the reader and investing him in each story. His writing style is crisp and clear and authentic. It is filled with a great depth of love for His God and family. This book is a gift to yourself that you will want to share with others. Strong recommendation.
Kathy


 



It's a very personal collection [of essays and reflections], ranging from humorous to touching vignettes and reflections, including Christmas stories and exhortations to love as Jesus loves and to love Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament. It's entertaining and often thought-provoking... 


Stephanie Mann 


I'm so glad I came across Fleeting Glimpses. This is a sweet, quick read that sings the praises of our Catholic faith in an easy-to-read style. It warmed my heart!

Erin McCole Cupp



Good reading - Highly recommended for everyone. Very enlightening and inspirational. I have read and re-read it several times. God bless the author.

Richard


Manly thoughts - Wonderfully written to inspire thought and moreover, action. Seagriff challenges me to be the man and Christian I know I should be but does so with a velvet hammer. I appreciate his example.
Dave W. 

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Pondering Tidbits of Truth (Volume 1)

We are all busy people. Many of us have convinced ourselves that we simply do not have the time to read, ponder and reflect on the wealth of spiritual wisdom our Catholic Church has accumulated over the centuries. Yet, we owe God and ourselves this reflective time.

If we spend little or no time pondering the truths and mysteries of our Faith, we are not going to progress spiritually - a growth essential to our eternal well-being and that of those around us…

You will find 100 quotations here. Some may be familiar to you. Others maybe not so much.  All offer much fruit for your reflection and contemplation. I offer no apology for the frequent appearance of the Venerable Fulton J. Sheen – his clear and courageous voice is needed in our times.

This is my challenge to all who come upon this little book. Put it on your Kindle, tablet, laptop, android or I-phone so it will always be readily accessible at those times when you can steal a few minutes away from the hustle and demands of daily life and think about “what is above”. Read these words and ponder them, asking God to let you understand what He wants you to learn from this material.

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I'm sure people will gain a great deal from this book. Certainly every quote will make the seeker of Christ ponder well. -Barb S.


I think the book is perfect for Lectio Divina.  -  Faith Flaherty 

 

...spiritually enriching...provides wonderful reflections... Lois C.

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