(Photo from Father Lawrence Lew, O.P. - God’s Excessive Love - Used With Permission)
" "In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t." ~Blaise Pascal

Monday, October 15, 2018

Monday Musings - Recite The Rosary Like A Child

"The rosary is not a tedious prayer just because the person is always repeating the Hail Mary. Each Hail Mary recited, with the contemplation of the mysteries, is always said with a different feeling and the intensity of the prayer is not monotonous. It is an intensity of love. 

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Does not a child call his mother all the time? His cry: "Mom!" is different according to the need that inspires and animates it. Therefore, recite the rosary like a child, invoking our Heavenly Mother and imploring her help."

  (Servant of God, Dolindo Ruotolo Champions of the Rosary)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Worth Revisiting - Rosary Reflection - Have You Enlisted Yet?

Thank you Allison Gingras at Reconciled To You  and Elizabeth Riordan at Theology Is A Verb  for  hosting Catholic bloggers at Worth Revisiting. It is a privilege for us to share our work with you and your readers.

Here is my contribution:


 

Rosary Reflection - Have You Enlisted Yet? 

(Originally posted May 25, 2015)

 

Eucharistic Reflection - Focus On He Whom You Should Love


“…the principal proof and work of true love is to desire to be united with the beloved. One who loves has all his faculties fixed on the one he loves: intellect, memory, will, imagination, etc. As a result, love is an alienation or ecstasy; it is a self-imposed exile from self, causing a man to be transported to the beloved. 

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Christ manifested this effect of love when He instituted the Eucharist, because one of the reasons for which He instituted it was to incorporate us to Himself and make us one with Himself. That is also why He used the species of food, for as the food we eat becomes part of ourselves, so Christ said: 'He that eats My flesh and drinks My blood, the same abides in Me and I in him’.”

(Venerable Louis Granada, O. P. from the Summa of the Christian Life)

Monday, October 8, 2018

Monday Musings - The Rosary - Prayer and Instruction


In his spirituality, St. Dominic used to have recourse also to material means in prayer, and among other endeavors he made use of the beads to count the “Hail Marys.” Then, noting the people’s ignorance concerning religion, and having to combat the Albigensians who denied the fundamental truths of Christianity, Dominic, inspired by God, thought it well to have the people meditate a truth or mystery every ten “Hail Marys.” Thus, while giving to the people an easy manner of praying, he also gave a simple means of instruction.


(Blessed James Alberione from Champions of the Rosary)

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - October 4, 2018


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. Basil


“If you wish for a method brief and compendious, one which contains in itself all other methods and is most efficacious in conquering all temptation and difficulties, and acquiring perfection, this is the exercise of the presence of God.” 

(From A Year With the Saints – A Virtue For Every Month of the Year)



Archbishop George Joseph Lucas 


"The invitation to be with Jesus, to live as His disciples is being given to all of us. Increasingly, young Catholics are hearing the invitation in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament – and are finding the strength to respond in times of adoration before the Eucharistic Lord. It is a hopeful sign – to have those who will soon assume roles of leadership and service in the Church – to be leading us now in appreciation for the power of the presence of the risen Christ in the Eucharist.”



St. Frances de Sales


It is horrible irreverence to Him who with so much love and sweetness invites us to perfection, to say, ‘I do not want to be holy, or perfect, or to have a greater share in Your friendship, or to follow the counsels You give me to advance in it.”


(From Finding God’s Will For You)