" "Be a rose to your brethren, even if they may be thorns for you." – Blessed Hyacinthe-Marie Cormier, O.P.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Worth Revisiting - Above All - Do Not Close Our Church Doors

Thanks to the generosity and encouragement of Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan, an ever-expanding group of Catholic bloggers take the time each week to re-post their favorite articles on “Worth Revisiting”. 

Do yourself a favor- go there now (and every Wednesday) and let these authors bless and challenge you in Faith journey.

During the rest of each week. visit Allison at  Reconciled To You and Elizabeth at Theology Is A Verb.  You will be pleased with what they share.

Here is what I am sharing this week:

Above All - Do Not Close Our Church Doors

(Originally posted October 23, 2014)

[One is left to ponder how different our Church would be today had we listened to the Holy Pontiff. It is not too late to open the doors and encourage us to visit He Who Is Love.]

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"Above all, do not allow - as some do, who are deceived under the pretext of restoring the liturgy or who idly claim that only liturgical rites are of any real value and dignity - that churches be closed during the hours not appointed for public functions, as has already happened in some places: where the adoration of the august Sacrament and visits to our Lord in the tabernacles are neglected; where confession of devotion is discouraged; and devotion to the Virgin Mother of God, a sign of 'predestination' according to the opinion of holy men, is so neglected, especially among the young, as to fade away and gradually vanish. Such conduct most harmful to Christian piety is like poisonous fruit, growing on the infected branches of a healthy tree, which must be cut off so that the life-giving sap of the tree may bring forth only the best fruit."
(Pope Pius XII - "Mediator Dei" 1947)

Eucharistic Reflection - Stay With Me!

“To each of us He says from the tabernacle: ‘Stay you here, and watch with Me…Could you not watch one hour with Me?’ Or if not one hour, one quarter?

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Stay with Me because I am going to offer My morning sacrifice, and men are too busy to assist at the oblation of Myself for them.

“Stay with Me for a few moments at midday, when the glare of the world and its rush and its din are fiercest. Turn off the crowded pavement into the quiet church, ‘Come apart…and rest a little.’

“Stay with Me because it is towards evening and the day is now far spent. There will be no more visitors for Me today, none through the long hours of the night. Stay with Me because it is towards evening

(From Coram Sanctissimo by Mother Mary Loyola)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday Musings - Our Priests Need and Deserve Our Support!

Truth be told, too many of us take our priests for granted. Satan has his sights on them. He attacks and seeks to destroy their vocations. How our beloved priests need and deserve our prayerful support!

Yet, we do not pray for them as we ought. That has got to change. Thankfully, there are a number of efforts underway to correct that failure.

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I had the privilege of attending A Holy Hour in Honor of the Priesthood held on August 4, 2016 in Syracuse, New York. This occurred on the feast day of St. John Marie Vianney, patron saint of priests. The Holy Hour was sponsored by the Martin Society – whose mission is “to pray and support Priests in their vocation of service to the Catholic Church”.

A special friend, who is the mother of a priest, offered an opening reflection that evening. I felt it should be shared with an audience beyond those who were blessed to be there that night. She has graciously given me permission to share it here.

May the words of this mother whose love for priests knows no bounds, stir you to pray daily for our priests – ALL of our priests, without exception.

I will conclude this post by sharing the prayer we all offered that night – quite appropriate for daily recitation. Cut it out and use it!

After thanking the sponsors of the Holy Hour this is what Kathy Kreinheder had to say:

“It is good that we are here.

It is good because our priests need us - just as we need them. St. John Vianney- whose feast we celebrate today- said,  “Without the priests the death and passion of our Lord would be of no use. It is the priest who continues the work of redemption on earth.”

It is no surprise then that one saint after another has declared that the devil’s principal target on earth is the Catholic priest. This has been the fact since the days of the early church -  but now the challenge seems greater and the stakes seem higher.

Friday, August 19, 2016

On The Memorial of St. John Eudes

[Originally posted in 2014)

“Our wish, our object, our chief preoccupation must be to form Jesus in ourselves, to make His spirit, His devotion, His affections, His desires and His disposition live and reign there. All our religious exercises should be directed to this end. It is the work which God has given us to do unceasingly.” 

                      (St. John Eudes from The Life and Reign of Jesus in Christian Souls)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

It's Past The Time To Surrender!

How our loving Lord thirsts for our love, our visits, our hearts, minds and souls! 

Please satiate His thirst!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Worth Revisiting - It's Not About Putting The Genie Back In The Bottle

Thank you Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan for your weekly invitation to re-post our favorite articles on Worth Revisiting.

Go here now (and every Wednesday) and let an interesting group of Catholic bloggers nourish you in your Faith journey.

During the rest of each week. visit Allison at  Reconciled To You and Elizabeth at Theology Is A Verb.  You will be pleased with what they share.

It's Not About Putting The Genie Back In The Bottle

(Originally posted July 18, 2016)

There was a time when everyone entering a Catholic Church knew enough to genuflect, to remain silent and to spend time in intimate interior conversation with their Loving Lord locked behind the tabernacle doors. God deserves nothing less today.

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Back in that day, everyone knew they were there in the Presence of God to adore and worship Him, not to visit with their neighbor. Somehow, they were able to enter, remain and exit the Church in reverent silence and postpone their socialization and greetings until they were out on the sidewalk. God deserves nothing less today.

These same individuals knew enough to refrain from receiving our Lord in Holy Communion unworthily. Our priests reminded them of that obligation, not only out of loving concern for the salvation of their souls but as a bulwark and protector against Eucharistic sacrilege. God deserves nothing less today 

If necessary, these truths were reinforced from the pulpit, posted on the Church walls and printed in Church bulletins. God deserves nothing less today.

Reports suggest that rare is the parish today that mirrors what was commonplace and treasured years ago.

Not enough thought is given to how our Loving Lord suffers today from such irreverent conduct or how many souls risk their eternal salvation.

Eucharistic Reflection - The Door Of His Heart Is Always Open

[The following reflection assumes that persons presenting themselves for Holy Communion, are free from mortal sin]

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Love and confidence can be awakened by considering that this Lord, though great in majesty, justice, and hatred of sin, is equally great in goodness and mercy for sinners. That is why He descended from heaven to earth and assumed our flesh. For sinners He fasted, traveled, sweat, labored, kept vigil, suffered persecution and the contradictions of the world. For sinners He preached by day and prayed and kept vigil by night. For sinners the door of His heart is always open, so that He will never drive them away, however miserable they may be.