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“Do not forget that holiness consists not in extraordinary actions, but in performing your duties towards God, yourself, and others well.” - St. Maximillian Kolbe

Eucharistic Reflection - Yearning For Our Love

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"There are times when we yearn for the real presence of loved ones who are no more.The Eucharistic Heart of the Savior has given us the real presence of His Body, His Blood, His Soul, and Divinity. Everywhere on earth wherever there is a consecrated host in a tabernacle, even in the most far-flung missions, He remains with us, the sweet companion of our exile. He is in each tabernacle, patiently waiting for us, eager to grant us favors, yearning for our prayers..."

(Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. from Our Savior and His Love for Us)

Monday Musings - The Consequence of Doctrinal Confusion

The following words were written in the fifth century and need to be heeded once again. Will we listen? Is it too late?

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"In these times of doctrinal confusion, we must take particular precautions not to give way in the content of our faith, not even in the slightest degree, for if one yields ground on any single point of Catholic doctrine, one will later have to yield to another, and again in another, and so on until such surrenders come to be something normal and acceptable. And, when one gets to rejecting dogma bit by bit the final, the result will be the repudiation of it altogether."

Saint Vincent of Lerins from Narrations, 23, from In Conversation With God, Volume 1:6.2)

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - December 2, 2021


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.

 

 

Catherine Doherty de Heuck, Servant of God

"If you love Christ, if you enter His Heart, then you will find yourself in the loneliness of the garden, in the loneliness of all humanity. If you want to stay close to the Heart of Christ, then you have to go to where Jesus is - on the cross.

Christ left the other side of His cross open for you, so that you could hang there with Him, close to His Heart, for the sake of the world, loving all sinners, making your loneliness - Christ's loneliness - a prayer for all people."

(From In the Footprints of Loneliness)

 

Father Emile-Marie Briere

"No amount of  human appreciation, understanding or love can satisfy the human heart. We are made for God, for the Infinite, for a greater love affair than we can imagine.

God alone knows our name; He alone can know us completely. He alone can enter the enclosed garden. He alone - Lover, Gardener, Redeemer - can heal our deepest wounds by His secret grace and make us truly come alive.

Daily we make the grave mistake of hoping we will be fulfilled in other ways. We think we can find perfect peace and joy if only certain changes are made or happen.

We say to ourselves: 'Everything would be okay if only my husband showed greater appreciation...if only I had a better job...if only...'

As long as we really believe that all will be well 'if only' we haven't got the picture yet. As long as we strive to satisfy the immense longings of our hearts with anything less than God, our efforts are bound to be frustrated.

People can give us much, but they cannot give us everything. We need others, but they cannot fully satisfy us. They need us, but there are limits to what we can do for them.

As a matter of fact, true love, true communication, cannot take place unless each has filled his inner solitude with God - unless each seeks union with God as his basic purpose."

(From The Power of Love) 

 

  Catherine Doherty de Heuck, Servant of God

"What we need today is saints. Hundreds, thousands, millions more saints! All kinds of violence, hates and fears vanish like mist in the sun before saints, before men and women in love with God, men and women of sanctity.

Sanctity means much loving. That is what we have been created for - to love - to love our neighbor and, through him or her, to love God.

Loving is fun Loving is joy. Loving is peace. Loving means serving. Loving means forgetting self for others. Learn how to love, and all the rest will be added unto you.

We are almost beside ourselves today with fears. Our heads cannot rest anywhere, nor our hearts, nor our souls. We seek answers vainly in human solutions - political, economic, and ecological - knowing, even while we do all this, that we are shadow-boxing.

Nothing can save us except sanctity. That's why we need saints today. If St. Francis of Assisi had an atomic bomb, would anyone worry about it? No. Because being a saint, he loved much. And where love is, there cannot be fear or evil.

Ah, we need saints today! We need understanding, too, to realize that the greatest tragedy that can befall us is not to be saints."

(From the November 2021 issue of Restoration)

Eucharistic Reflection - Reverence In Church

"And meanwhile, for the most part, we come to church without reverence, without love of God, without knowing even what we have come to do. Some let their minds and hearts dwell on a thousand worldly matters. Others are there reluctantly and are bored. There are some who scarcely kneel whilst a God pours out His precious Blood for their pardon, lastly others are in such haste to leave the church, they do not wait for the priest to come down from the altar. My God what little love Your children have for You, or rather, how they scorn You! Indeed, what a spirit of frivolity and distraction appears when people are in church. Some sleep, others converse together, and nearly everyone is taken up with what he has to do."

 

(From  THE EUCHARISTIC MEDITATIONS OF THE CURÉ D’ARS)

Eucharistic Reflection - The House of God

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"Our churches are holy, consecrated, sacred, because God made man dwells there day and night. In early times, many Christians crossed the seas to see the holy places where the great mystery of our redemption was wrought. Oh, blessed places! they exclaimed, where so many wonders were worked to save us! And they could hardly tear themselves away from the Cenacle or the Garden of the Agony without shedding tears. On Calvary, when Jesus Christ endured such great sufferings for us, they felt their faith rekindled and their hearts burning with a new fire. But without going so far, or exposing ourselves like them to many dangers, have we not Jesus Christ in the midst of us, not only as God, but Body and Soul? Are not our churches as worthy of reverence as the holy places? What a blessed people are Christians, who see renewed each day on the altars all the wonders that Almighty God worked formerly on Calvary."

 (From  THE EUCHARISTIC MEDITATIONS OF THE CURÉ D’ARS)

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - November 18, 2021



 

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 Thomas Dubay, S.M.

“There is a great gap for most people between prayer and performance. At our devotions we can say sublime things about loving God with our whole heart, and then ten minutes later divide that heart with selfish overeating—or any one of a dozen other petty clingings.”

(From Deep Conversion Deep Prayer)

 

 

Johann Tauler, O.P.

“Our wretched nature is so possessive and so utterly self-centered that it creeps in everywhere to arrogate to itself what does not belong to it. It spoils and sullies the gifts of God and hinders Him in His noble work. Our nature is completely permeated with the poison of original sin, with the result that it seeks its own satisfaction in everything. St. Thomas says that on account of this same poison, man loves himself more than God, or His angels, or anything else that God ever created. Not that God made our nature like this; it has become corrupt and disfigured by turning away from God.”

 

(From Spiritual Conferences)

 

 

St. Paul of the Cross

"Let all creation help you to praise God. Give yourself the rest you need. When you are walking alone, listen to the sermon preached to you by the flowers, the trees, the shrubs, the sky, the sun and the whole world. Notice how they preach to you a sermon full of love, of praise of God, and how they invite you to proclaim the greatness of the one who has given them being."

(From Flowers of the Passion)

 

Eucharistic Reflection - Come Before The Blessed Sacrament

"It is wonderful, my Lord, to be alone in my cell and converse there with You in the silence of the night - and You are there as God, and by Your grace. But to stay in my cell when I could be before  the Blessed Sacrament - why, it would be as though St. Mary Magdalene had left You on Your own when You were at Bethany to go and think about You alone in her room! 

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It is a precious and devout thing, O God, to go and kiss the places You made holy during Your life on earth - the stones of Gethsemane and Calvary, the ground along the Way of Sorrows, the waves of the Sea of Galilee - but to prefer it to the tabernacle would be to desert the Jesus living beside me, to leave Him alone, going away to venerate dead stones in places where He is no longer. It would be to leave the room He is in - and with it His divine companionship - to go kiss the floor of a room He was in, but is in no longer. To leave the tabernacle to go and venerate statues would be to leave the Jesus living at my side to go into another room to greet His portrait."

(Blessed Charles de Foucauld from Charles de Foucauld: Writings)

Just Eat The Pork Under Protest!

 

Just Eat The Pork Under Protest! 

(Originally posted on June 30, 2013. Tragically not much has changed since then.)

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One of my favorite characters in the Old Testament (2 Maccabees 6:18-31) is Eleazar, a ninety year old Jewish scribe, a “teacher of the Law.” He was ordered to eat pork in violation of the Mosaic Law or be killed. He preferred death rather than offend God.

Eucharistic Reflection - A Burning Love For You


“To you I consecrate all the powers of my soul and body, my whole being. Would that I could infuse into all hearts a burning love for You. What great glory would be given You on earth, if every heart were an altar on which every human will were laid in perfect conformity with Your will to be consumed by the fire of Your love.”

 

(St. John Neumann from Saint John N. Neumann’s Favorite Prayers Taken From His Diary)