" "If I am not in a state of grace, may God put me there. If I am in a state of grace, may God keep me there." – St. Joan of Arc

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - September 21, 2017



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.

Father Winfrid Herbst, S.D.S.

"We need God. Without Him we can do nothing. But God also needs us. He needs us to bear witness to the fact that He exists; that God became man; that God died; that God rose again; that men can become like God. God needs us to be animated Gospels and give the world the almost unbelievable ‘Good News’ that God is our Father and we are heirs to all that almighty God possesses."

(From God, A Woman and the Way)



Father J. Urteaga Loidi

"If you give yourself to God give yourself the way the saints did. Let no one and nothing occupy your attention and slow you down: you belong to God. If you give yourself, give yourself for eternity. Let neither the roaring waves nor the treacherous undercurrent shake the concrete solidity of your foundations. God depends on you: He leans on you. Put all your energy into it and row against the current...'Duc in altum'. Launch out into the deep waters with the daring of those others who loved Christ."

(From Man the Saint)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Worth Revisiting - No Time To Be Timid

Thank you Allison Gingras at Reconciled To You  and Elizabeth Riordan at Theology Is A Verb  for once again hosting Catholic bloggers at Revisiting Wednesday


It is a privilege for us to share our work with you and Your followers.


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Monday Musings - No Time To Be Timid

We should have two goals in this life: to save our souls and the souls of all whom we know, love and meet. Nothing can be more important than this.

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While none of us should presume upon God's mercy, it is an eternal Gift which He offers to all His creatures who humble themselves and ask for it...

How painful it is then for so many of us, when those we know and love and who have separated themselves from our loving and merciful God, refuse to  approach Him and give little or no concern to their eternal home.

Eucharistic Reflection - His Mother Pleads: Put Him in the Centers of Our Churches and Our Hearts

(Photo©Michael Seagriff)
Jesus is surrounded today by an emptiness, which has been brought about especially by you priests who, in your apostolic activity, often go about uselessly and very much on the periphery, going after things that are less important and more secondary forgetting that the center of your priestly day should be here, before the tabernacle, where Jesus is present and is kept especially for you.

He is also surrounded by the indifference of many of my children, who live as if He were not there and, when they enter church for liturgical functions, are not aware of His divine and Real Presence in your midst. Often Jesus in the Eucharist is placed in some isolated corner whereas He should be placed in the center of the church and He should be placed at the center of your ecclesial gatherings, because the church is His temple which has been built first for Him and then for You.


(Blessed Mother to Father Stefano Gobbi from To the Priests: Our Lady’s Beloved Sons)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday Musings - Guest Blogger - The "Thankless Job"

[I am honored to welcome Rev. Mr. Adolph Uryniak as my guest blogger today. Ordained to the permanent Diaconate in 2006, the good Deacon resides in New York State with his wife, Sue, their three sons and precious grandchildren. He fuels and sustains his passion to evangelize by spending much time each week before the Eucharistic Lord he loves and serves so well.]


"The Thankless Job" by Deacon Adolph Uryniak

Adoration Chapel-St. Agatha's Parish
Luke's Gospel (17:5-10) prompts two thoughts on which to focus our attention. First, Jesus is asked by His apostles  'to increase their faith', to which He responds:  ‘If you had faith the size of a mustard seed…’ and then, a bit later, the admonishment “When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.’”

Faith, along with Hope and Love, that is Love in the sense of agape or unconditional love, form the Theological Virtues which are directed immediately toward our relationship with God as being infinitely trustworthy and lovable and hence a worthy object of total commitment throughout our life.

The second thought reminds us that in growing in our commitment to God by growth in service through the Theological Virtues of Faith Hope and Love, we are just doing what we are supposed to do, in other words we are engaged in a ‘thankless job’.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Worth Revisiting - Want To "Save a Soul Today"?

We thank Allison Gingras at Reconciled To You  and Elizabeth Riordan at Theology Is A Verb  for once again hosting Catholic bloggers at Revisiting Wednesday


It is a privilege for us to share our work with them and their followers.


Stop by for a visit now


This is my contribution:

Want To "Save a Soul Today"?


(Originally published on January 10, 2013)

 
When was the last time the first thought that came into your mind as you got up to enjoy the gift of another day was “Let me save a soul today?” For most of us, my educated guess would be, either not recently or never.

Have you heard a homily within the past year urging you to pray for the salvation of your soul and/or the souls of your loved ones and friends?  - not so much.


Do you ever think of where the souls of the 6,815 people (as estimated by the CIA World Factbook) who die on average everyday in this country have gone? Probably not!


Odd (and troubling) isn’t it, that even though the primary mission of the Catholic Church is to save souls, we rarely hear or think about that subject?

To paraphrase the great wisdom of Servant of God Madeleine Delbrel: how then can we desire to be saved, if we do not know we are lost?

For lots of reasons, too many Catholics have become quite complacent or even unconcerned about their eternal residence or that of those they love. After all, we are all “good and decent folk” and our loving and merciful God is not going to send any of us to some eternal inferno forever. We are partially right but terribly incorrect as well: God does not send anyone to hell. Those who populate that Godless hole have chosen to be there by the way they chose to live their lives here – their way, rather than God’s.

So maybe it’s time for all of us to pay closer attention to the salvation of souls and actually do something that will help us and others avail ourselves of His mercy and occupy the heavenly mansions God wishes to give us.

Father Joseph Homick of the Contemplatives of St. Joseph in California thinks so. He wants to make a simple but powerful flyer, Save a Soul Today! available to anyone who wishes copies. E-mail him with your request at: savesouls2day@gmail.com.

Imagine how many souls could be saved, if everyone who reads this article tells their friends about it and then orders copies of this pamphlet from Father for their respective parishes! I am obtaining copies for my parish. Will you?

With the good Father’s permission, the content of his flyer (less the instructions on how to say the Chaplet) follows. Please read and share this widely:

Eucharistic Reflection - We All Need It!!! God Deserves It!!!


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"The cure for all the spiritual cancers and evils in our world is Jesus Christ and His wonderful presence in the Blessed Sacrament...We all need Eucharistic Adoration in our lives if we ever hope to make it safely into the harbor of Heaven."


(From The Cure for Spiritual Cancer by Father Daniel Doctor from Courageous Priests)