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" "Our Lord has created persons for all states in life, and in all of them we see people who achieved sanctity by fulfilling their obligations well."— St. Anthony Mary Claret

Monday, April 23, 2018

It's Enough To Make God and A Grown Man Cry

What if you had given everything you had (including your life) in order that others might live but only a handful of those for whom you died seemed to care? What if you returned ready to comfort, strengthen and sustain them through life’s daily challenges and struggles, but only a small number acknowledged your presence among them and even fewer spent time with you or sought your aid? What if the majority of people totally ignored you and acted as if you were not even there?

If you or I were treated this way, we would cry. Jesus, the King of King and Lords of Lords, is treated that way day after day by many who claim to be Catholic. Yet, so great is His love for us that He chooses to remain locked in the tabernacles of His churches, every day, waiting for us to acknowledge His presence among us, to visit and speak to Him, and to ask for His help.

He too must have recently cried. I’ll tell you why.

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A man entered a Catholic church a few days ago to spend some quiet time in the soothing loving presence of His Lord. He was the only one there. He kneeled and prayerfully pleaded with Him to protect and heal his granddaughter and return peace to her young but troubled heart. The silence, solitude and flickering candles brought peace to his heart as this man gazed upon his imprisoned Lord.

This consoling silence was short-lived, however, as one parent after another arrived to pick up their elementary school age children from religious education class. It was not too long before this quiet and sacred place was filled with the din of loud adult voices discussing the burning issues of parenthood, politics and current economic challenges - no matter that their Lord was just a few feet in front of them; no matter the presence of a man obviously attempting to pray.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - April 19, 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. Teresa of Avila

“The  excessive multiplication of vocal prayers (even aside from time of mental prayer) can likewise impede growth. There are people who get into a set habit of adding litany upon litany, devotion upon devotion, to the point where they leave little or no time for God to give what He wants to give. They do not understand contemplation, and they think that unless they are vocalizing, they are not praying.” 

(From Fire Within)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Worth Revisiting - Feeling Incomplete?

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Monday Musings - Feeling Incomplete?

(Originally published on March 12, 2018)

“I feel so incomplete,” the Pastor announced at the end of Mass.
The parish we had visited during a recent trip (not the one depicted below) had been holding Stations of the Cross during Lent in their newly constructed Church even though the physical Stations of the Cross had not yet arrived or been mounted on the Church walls.

“The Stations are coming,” Father assured his congregation. “We won’t be looking at empty walls much longer.”

I understood that sentiment and how having the physical Stations would enhance that prayerful devotion.


Eucharistic Reflection - Be Convinced

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"Be convinced that the Lord is waiting for you to open your hearts to him in prayer. He wants to meet you personally and to enter into a dialogue with you. This conviction will fill you with an urgent desire to seek periods of silence in your daily life where you have the space to be drawn into union with God in prayer.

In this regard I should like to commend to you the practice of Eucharistic Adoration...Adoration draws us away from external distractions into a growing communion with Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament. Encourage your friends to join in this practice."

Archbishop Antonio Mennini

Eucharistic Reflection - What Do We Find?

Older people who adore the Lord find refreshment in the living water of Christ's presence. Young people in adoration find that Christ guides them, fills them with purpose, and calls them to holiness and vocation.

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Kneeling before Christ in the Eucharist, the hopeless find hope. The weak find strength. Captives find freedom. The afflicted find comfort. The mourning find consolation. The lonely find friendship. Sinners find mercy.

Kneeling before Christ in the Eucharist, all of us find love. And love is what we are longing for. Before Christ in the Eucharist - love made visible - each one of us discovers that the enduring, satisfying, life-giving answer to the questions of our lives is Love: love poured out from Jesus, and love poured out from us in the world, as missionaries of Christ's Salvation.

(From A Pastoral Letter on Adoration of the Most Holy Eucharist by Bishop James Conley)

Friday, April 13, 2018

A Painful and Upsetting Truth

Let's be frank: If we really believe that Jesus Christ is truly and  substantially present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the tabernacles of our Churches, we would be there with Him. We would do everything in our power to spend some time with Him and to encourage others to do so as well. 

But we don't really believe this essential Truth. We have abandoned our Loving Lord to his prison-tabernacle and locked the doors of His Churches so that even the few drawn to be with Him are unable to get in.

Stop for a moment and ponder this shocking reality from our Lord's perspective. Is this anyway to treat the Son of God? Of course it isn't.

Go visit and comfort our abandoned and forgotten Lord. Bring  a copy of  Stirring Slumbering Souls - 250 Eucharistic Reflections with you and let the wisdom it contains draw you into His loving embrace and Presence. Enlist is His army of Adorers. Let Him change you and the world!
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 Stop what you are doing and go visit Him!