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

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Eucharistic Reflection - Time to Open Hardened and Stony Hearts

O my daughter! Would that the believers in the holy Catholic faith opened their hardened and stony hearts in order to attain to a true understanding of the Sacred and mysterious blessing of the Holy Eucharist! 

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If they would only detach themselves, root out and reject their earthly inclinations, and, restraining their passions, apply themselves with living faith to study by the Divine light their great happiness in thus possessing their eternal God in the Holy Sacrament and in being able, by its reception and constant intercourse, to participate in the full effects of this heavenly manna! 

If they would only worthily esteem this precious gift, begin to taste its sweetness, and share in the hidden power of their omnipotent God! Then nothing would ever be wanting to them in their exile.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Monday Musings - Be A Doubting Thomas No More

The biggest crisis in our Church is the lack of belief in our Loving Lord's Real Presence - Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity - in the Holy Eucharist.

Blessed are those who have not seen but believe!

Lord, increase our belief in, reverence for, and appreciation of Your Presence here among us.

 Let us go and adore Him!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - April 20, 2017

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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.

St. Leo the Great

"Whoever truly wishes to venerate the Passion of the Lord should contemplate Jesus crucified with eyes of his soul, and in such a way that he identifies his own body with that of Jesus."

(From Sermon 15 on the Passion)

St. Alphonsus Liguori

"But God is merciful. Behold another common delusion by which the devil encourages sinners to persevere in sin! A certain author has said that more souls have been sent to hell by the mercy of God than by His justice. This indeed is the case; for men are induced by the deceits of the devil to persevere in sin, through confidence in God's mercy; and thus they are lost."

(From Sermons For All the Sundays of the Year )

Servant of God, Madeleine Delbrel

"In the area of God's work we are all assigned precise tasks, for it is God who initiated each work and brings each to completion. He works unceasingly; He doesn't give us the leisure to mess around doing nothing."

(From The Joy of Believing)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Worth Revisiting - Mercy and Justice Go Hand in Hand

We thank Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Reardon for hosting Worth Revisiting each week and encourage you to visit them regularly at Reconciled to You and Theology is a Verb, respectively.

I wish to share this post with you:

Mercy and Justice Go Hand in Hand 

(Originally published on February 15, 2016) 

There is not now, never has been, and never will be any human being [save for our Most Blessed Mother Mary], who is not a sinner. 

We are all in need of God’s mercy – an undeserved and unlimited mercy so long as we have breath in our lungs, acknowledge and repent of our sins and humble ourselves to ask for it!.

The sad reality of our time, however, is that so few of us see any sin in our lives that would warrant requesting God’s mercy.  So foolishly we neither seek nor ask for it.  If that is the condition of our souls at the time of our bodily death, only Justice can await us – eternal separation from He Who loved and created us to be with Him eternally.

So during this Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis, let us ask our Lord that we might see our souls as they really are and for the grace to seek His mercy, not only for ourselves, but for our friends, loved ones, and the least among us

Eucharistic Reflection - Where Are You?

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"God has blessed our Churches with His Real Presence where He can be worshiped, adored and loved, where He changes, heals and comforts the hearts and souls (and sometimes bodies) of many. Yet few come to keep Him company or to make reparation to Him for those who do not believe in Him. Where are the courageous prayer warriors willing to get up in the early morning hours to be with Him while the rest of us sleep? How sad and lonely is Our Lord – so intimately present among us but ignored by the majority of people claiming to love Him."