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" "He who trusts himself is lost. He who trusts in God can do all things." - St. Alphonsus Liguori

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Eucharistic Reflection - Give Me A Heart Like Your Mother

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Virgin, model of every virtue, I kneel at your feet, filled with shame at my coldness and ingratitude [toward the Eucharist].

Pray to Jesus for me that He will never come to my heart without directing all its movements and turning them entirely to Himself.

May He take away this wretched heart of mine that is so unworthy of Him and create in me a new heart. May He give me a heart like yours: ardent and generous, tender and constant toward Him, as yours now is toward us."

(From The Imitation of Mary)

Monday, September 24, 2018

Blog Tour and Book Review – A Storyteller's Guide to Joyful Service – Turning Your Misery Into Ministry

What do Catholic author and blogger, Tony Agnesi, and St. Claude de la Colombiere, the 17th century spiritual director and author of Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence, share in common?  - a steadfast and unswerving trust in God.

St. Claude used the following words to describe that level of trust:

“It is one of the most firmly established and most consoling of truths that have been revealed to us that (apart from sin) nothing happens to us in life unless God wills it so.”


“Be convinced that in all He allows and in all that happens to you God has no other end in view but your real advantage and your eternal happiness…”

These truths are consoling but oh how so difficult to live!

In his latest book, A Storyteller’s Guide to Joyful Service – Turning Your Misery into Ministry, Tony Agnesi shares  stirring examples of individuals (including himself) who stepped out in faith, trusted God’s promptings and allowed themselves to be used as instruments of healing and hope. 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - October 20, 2018

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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.

I am breaking from the normal format of this post by offering the wisdom of just one holy soul  - from The Dialogue. These Tidbits of Truth are well-worth your time:

St. Catherine of Siena

"You are asking for something that would be harmful to your salvation if you had it—so by not getting what you've asked, you really are getting what you want."

"To join two things together there must be nothing between them or there cannot be a perfect fusion. Now realize that this is how God wants our soul to be, without any selfish love of ourselves or of others in between, just as God loves us without anything in between." 

"In loving Me, you come to know of My Truth, and the more you know, the more intolerable pain and sorrow you will feel when I am offended."