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"When we serve the poor and the sick we serve Jesus. We must not fail to help our neighbors, because in them we serve Jesus." –St. Rose of Lima

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - May 26, 2022



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.




Venerable Louis of Granada, O.P.

"The abominable sin of detraction is so prevalent at the present day that there is scarcely a society. a family an individual not guilty of it. There are some persons so perversely inclined that they cannot bear to hear any good of another, but are always alive to their neighbors faults, always ready to tear his character to pieces.

Detraction is committed when we tell another’s real faults; calumny, when the fault we mention is not real but the invention of our malicious lies. Thus though we may not be guilty of calumny, how often does it happen that a person, from criticizing the failings of others which are generally known, is gradually led to mention some hidden and grave sin which robs him of his reputation and his honor! That the fault revealed is true in no manner saves the detractor from the guilt of mortal sin…

Henceforward consider your neighbor's character as a forbidden tree which you cannot touch. Be no less slow in praising yourself than in censoring others, for the first indicates vanity and the second a want of charity. Speak of the virtues of your neighbor, but be silent as to his faults. Let nothing that you say lead others to think that he is aught but a man of virtue and honor.”

(From The Sinner’s Guide)


St. Francis of Paola

“I earnestly admonish you, therefore, my brothers, to look after your spiritual well-being with judicious concern. Death is certain; life is short and vanishes like smoke. Fix your minds, then, on the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Inflamed with love for us, he came down from heaven to redeem us. For our sake he endured every torment of body and soul and shrank from no bodily pain. He himself gave us an example of perfect patience and love. We, then, are to be patient in adversity."

 (From Office of Readings for April 2nd, the memorial of St. Francis of Pala)


Robert Cardinal Sarah

“Silence is not the exile of speech it is the love of the one Word. Conversely, the abundance of words is the symptom of doubt. Incredulity is always talkative.

We often forget that Christ loved to be silent. He set out for the desert not to go into exile but to encounter God. And at the most crucial moment in His life, when there was screaming on all sides, covering Him with all sorts of lies and calumnies, when the high priest asked Him: ‘Have you no answer to make Jesus’ preferred silence.

It is a case of true amnesia. Catholics no longer know that silence is sacred because it is God's dwelling place. How can we rediscover the sense of silence as the manifestation of God? This is the tragedy of the modern world: man separates himself from God because he no longer believes in the value of silence.

Without silence, God disappears in the noise. And this noise becomes all the more obsessive because God is absent. Unless the world rediscovers silence, it is lost. The earth then rushes into nothingness.”

(From The Power of Silence Against the Dictatorship of Noise)

Eucharistic Reflection - Prayer to The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

I recently rediscovered the beautiful prayer set forth below. A few years ago, I had folded and inserted a copy of it in the back of my book, I Thirst For Your Love.

According to a June 25, 2020 blog posted on Catholicism Pure & Simple, this is an indulgenced prayer associated with the feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus instituted by Pope Benedict XV in November of 1921.

This is a prayer we should often recite and one which we should share with all we know and love:


Prayer to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, gracious companion of our exile, I adore Thee.

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, lonely Heart, humiliated Heart, abandoned Heart, forgotten Heart, despised Heart, outraged Heart, Heart ignored by men, Heart which loves our own hearts; Heart pleading for our love, Heart so patient in waiting for us, Heart so eager  to listen to our prayers, Heart so anxious for our requests, Heart, unending source of new graces, Heart so silent, yet desiring to speak to souls, Heart, welcome refuge of the hidden life, Heart, teacher of the secrets of union with God, Heart of Him Who sleeps but watches always, Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Jesus Victim, I desire to comfort Thee; I unite myself to Thee; I offer myself in union with Thee.

I regard myself as nothing in Thy Presence. I long to forget myself in order to think only of Thee, to be despised and forgotten for love of Thee. I have no desire to be understood or loved by anyone but Thee.

I will keep silent in order to listen to Thee, and I will abandon myself in order to lose myself in Thee.

Grant that I may thus satisfy Thy thirst for my salvation, Thy burning thirst for my holiness, and that once purified I may give Thee a sincere and pure love. I am anxious not to tire Thee further with waiting: take me, I hand myself over to Thee. I give Thee all my actions, my mind to be enlightened, my heart to be directed, my will to be stabilized, my wretchedness to be relieved, my soul and body to be nourished by Thee.

Eucharistic Heart of my Savior, Whose Blood is the life of my soul, may I myself cease to live and Thou alone live in me. Amen.

(Indulgence 500 days. Brief, February 6, 1899, Leo XIII; Sacred Penitentiary Apostolic, November 8, 1934. Today the 500 days has been replaced by a partial indulgence, which no longer has a specific time associated with the indulgence).


Monday Musings - Now Is The Time for our Bishops to Stand Up for The Truth and to Save Souls and Human Lives

Last October, this simple man's attempt to address the issue of dissident Catholic politicians receiving the Eucharist was, for the most part, ignored.

Now that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has taken public action and defined the battle - the salvation of souls and the end to public scandal and sacrilege - I thought it appropriate to  try one more time.

Our bishops must speak and act as one.  No Catholic figure who publicly opposes any of the immutable teachings of the Catholic Church (and most certainly that on abortion) may receive Holy Communion until they confess their sin in the sacrament of reconciliation and publicly repudiate their support for abortion. Nancy Pelosi is just one of far too many Catholic politicians who should be barred from the reception of Holy Communion.

The Archbishop has spoken the Truth. There is not an alternative Truth or option for other bishops or priests to advance. There is no "pastoral" exception to God's Truth. 

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone had to do what he just did. His brother bishops and priests MUST do the same with respect to other errant public Catholic figures within their jurisdictions.

I trust you will find the following imaginary interchange between an attorney and unnamed bishop an interesting explanation of the Church's actual teaching on this subject. 


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Judge: Counselor would you like to cross examine his Eminence?

Counselor: Yes, indeed. Thank you, your Honor. Bishop we all know how difficult your responsibilities are and the many challenges you face each day ministering to your flock. Even Solomon would be sorely tested.

Bishop: Thank you, counselor.

Counselor: I am going to ask you a series of questions. None of these are trick questions They all have clear and unambiguous answers. All I ask of you is that you respond to each question truthfully.

Bishop: Certainly, I would not do otherwise.

Counselor: I am sure of that. As a Bishop in the Catholic Church, do you believe everything that the Catholic Church teaches?


Bishop: Absolutely – “every issue on faith and morals that is doctrinal in nature and is solemnly or formally proposed by the Church.”

Counselor: You would feel bound to follow Scripture I assume?

Bishop: Without hesitancy.

Counselor: You would consider the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) and the Code of Canon Law to be authoritative and binding also, am I correct?

Bishop: Of course.

Counselor: In fact, when you were ordained a bishop, you took an oath, did you not, to “maintain the observance of all ecclesiastical laws, especially those contained in the Code of Canon Law”?

Bishop: Yes, I did.

Counselor: Now let us get a few essential Truths of the Catholic Faith on the record before we proceed further.

Bishop: Fine.

Counselor: Am I correct that the primary mission of the Catholic Church is the salvation of souls?

Bishop: Yes. That tenet is embodied in the Code of Canon Law in Canon 1752.

Counselor: Would I be accurate to conclude then that nothing is more important to you as a Bishop than the salvation of every soul?

Bishop: You would be one hundred per cent correct.

Eucharistic Reflection - Do Not Be Afraid of Liturgical Silence!

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“I call Catholics to genuine conversion! Let us strive with all our heart to become in each of our Eucharistic celebrations ‘a pure Victim, a holy Victim, a spotless Victim!' Let us not be afraid of liturgical silence. How I would love it if pastors and the faithful would enter joyfully into this silence that is full of sacred reverence and love for the ineffable God. How I would love it if churches were houses in which the great silence prevails that announces and reveals the adored presence of God. How I would love it if Christians in the liturgy could experience the power of silence!”


(Robert Cardinal Sarah from The Power of Silence – Against The Dictatorship of Noise)