" "More than the sin itself what displeases and offends God is the sinner’s not feeling sorrow for his sins." - St. John Chrysostom

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Eucharistic Reflection - Truth Does Not Lie

(St. Vincent Ferrer Parish, NYC)

That the real Body and Blood of Christ is present in the Sacrament is something that cannot be perceived either with the senses or with the intellect, but only with faith, which is supported by the authority of God. Because of this, when commenting on the passage in Luke 22:19: "This is my body which is given up for you," St. Cyril says: "Do not cast doubt on the truth of this, but rather accept with faith the words of the Savior: because He, being the Truth, does not lie."

St. Thomas Aquinas, S. Th., III, q. 75, a.1

Monday, June 20, 2016

Monday Musings - The Key To Happiness

The key is not worldly power, possessions and prestige. It is interior:

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - June 16, 2016

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.

Henri Dominic Lacordaire, O.P.

"What is difficult is to carry the cross each day, the cross which is not blood-stained but which bruises the skin a little without making it bleed, and which is composed of restraint, tediousness and languor. If one could only mount Calvary once and for all, and give one's body once an for all to the executioners, what pleasure! But no, the torment is in detail; a little cut of  the whip, a little slap in the face, a little humiliation."

(From St. Dominic's Family by Sister Mary Jean Dorcy, O.P.)

St. Augustine

"Remember this. When people choose to withdraw far from a fire, the fire continues to give warmth, but they grow cold. When people choose to withdraw far from light, the light continues to be bright in itself but they are in darkness. This is also the case when people withdraw from God." 

Blessed Hyacinthe-Marie Cormier, O.P.
"Indeed, it is proof that we are not working to progress [in our spiritual life] when we always remain the same. Work in the pathways of grace is not useless but is always followed by some success."

(From Instructions For Novices)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

"Revisiting Wednesday" - We Stand With You Lord - No Matter The Price We May Be Asked To Pay!

Thank you Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan for hosting "Worth Revisiting” every Wednesday and inviting Catholic bloggers to re-post their favorite articles there. 

Go there now (and every Wednesday). You will be inspired by the variety of spiritual insights these authors share.

Visit Allison at  Reconciled To You and Elizabeth at Theology Is A Verb during the rest of the week.  It will be time well spent.

Here is my contribution:

We Stand With You Lord - No Matter The Price We May Be Asked To Pay! 

(Originally published June 25, 2015)

May the following words penned more than 50 years ago by Rev. M. Raymond, O.C.S.O. encourage us during these trying times and our pending exile in a world that has, for the most part, turned its back on the Lord who created them, died for them, yet still offers all of us eternal life:

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"There was pain in Egypt - yet, I say it was heaven.

Mary saw raw, rampant paganism all about her, yet she nursed God at her breast; she had to listen to false gods being called upon, yet she heard the Word of God utter His first human word. And while the sight of pyramids standing out against a setting sun, and the shimmer on the waters of the Nile told her not only that she was in exile, but that her whole people had once been here, yet when she gazed into the starry light in His eyes and knew that it had been kindled from light in her own and that He was the Maker of the stars, Egypt and exile was heaven. It was here she saw Him take His first step, listened to Him laugh in baby glee, felt His tiny hand caress her cheek and tangle in her hair; it was here that she bathed, clothed, fed her Baby who was God; it was here that she tucked God in bed and sang God to sleep; it was here that her whole night and day, her whole being, her whole existence was God who was also her Child.

If to know and love God is heaven, then to labor and live and love Jesus in Egypt is a heavenly exile."
 (From God, A Woman and The Way)

Like this good Trappist priest, we too can say that there is pain in this country and our world. There is rampant secularism and paganism surrounding us. Our Christian witness is ever more needed but is unwanted, unwelcomed and rejected. The evil forces prowling through our world wish to exile us from the public debate and square.