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" “The trouble with the world is me.” - St Catherine of Siena

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Eucharistic Reflection - Allow Yourself To be Fed by Your God

"St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, an exceptional religious who no one would dare regard as a traditionalist, fundamentalist or extremist, whose faith, holiness and total gift of self to God and the poor are known to all, had a respect and absolute worship of the Divine Body of Jesus Christ. Certainly, she daily touched the 'flesh' of Christ in the deteriorated and suffering bodies of the poorest of the poor. 

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And yet, filled with wonder and respectful veneration, Mother Teresa refrained from touching the transubstantiated Body of Christ. Instead, she adored Him and contemplated Him silently, she remained at length on her knees and prostrated herself before Jesus in the Eucharist. Moreover, she received Holy Communion in her mouth, like a little child who has humbly allowed herself to be fed by her God."

Cardinal Robert Sarah 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Worth Revisiting - Flock To Him!

Thank you, Allison Gingras at Reconciled To You  and Elizabeth Riordan at Theology Is A Verb for  hosting Catholic bloggers at Worth Revisiting.

It is a privilege for us to share our work with you and your readers each week. Stop by for a visit now

 


Here is my contribution:

 

Monday Musings – Flock To Him 

(Originally published January 22, 2018)

Scripture reports many instances where people flocked to Jesus like metal to a magnet. One example is set forth in the Gospel of Luke (6:12-19). 

Everyone in the crowd,” the evangelist tells us, “sought to touch Jesus because power came forth from Him and healed them all.”

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Oftentimes, we muse what it might have been like if we could have been there in the crowd reaching out to touch Jesus. We ignore the fact that He is still here among us, locked as a prisoner in the tabernacles of His Churches. Oh, that we would flock to Him there where He awaits our visits and remains just as willing to heal us.

What ingratitude we display our loving Lord by our absence and lack of belief.

Why not take a moment today or during the week to pause before the tabernacle and thank God for the Gift of His Presence?


Eucharistic Reflection - Are You Taking Him For Granted?


“How painful it is when a man or woman takes their spouse for granted? There is no longer love and appreciation for the one who should be loved most in the world. Indeed, this could be the start of a desire to actually separate: when one does not feel loved or appreciated.

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Likewise, it is all too common to simply take Jesus for granted and fail to appreciate who He is, what He has done for us and where He is to be found. This nonchalant, flippant, “take for granted” type of attitude pierces the Sacred Heart of Jesus to the very core and center of His loving Heart. Let us never fail to appreciate this most sublime gift of Jesus in Mass and Holy Communion. Receive every Holy Communion as if it were your first, your last and your only Holy Communion!”

(Father Ed Broom from Ten Ways We Can Grow In Love With The Eucharist)

Monday, May 14, 2018

Book Review of Wisdom From the Christian Mystics - How To Pray The Christian Way

Have we been selling ourselves short on the importance of prayer and our need to persevere in prayer? St. Teresa of Avila warns us against doing so: “You must believe that if you give up prayer, you are, in my opinion, courting danger.”

Who among us is not distracted during prayer? How many of us feel like our prayer time is lifeless and useless? Why do so many give up on prayer and never reach the point where God gives them the undeserved blessing and gift of infused contemplation? What is infused contemplation and how does it differ from meditation? Why are we not taught about this form of prayer? What are the origins of this type of mystical prayer? Who is called to such prayer? How many have abandoned their prayer life just when they might be on the precipice of real communion with the Lord they love?

David Torkington, noted Spiritual Theologian, Author and Speaker, answers these questions and countless others in his easy to read, instructive and inspiring book, Wisdom From the Christian Mystics - How To Pray The Christian Way.

The author writes in a clear, compelling and interesting way. He is a master of the written word, as you can appreciate from the following excerpt:

“Two things are necessary for prayer to grow beyond the stage of set formulas and petitions, to the stage when it becomes a personal encounter with the most loveable man ever to walk on this earth. The first thing is to find some space and time in which to stop being busy about many things so that there can be time to come to terms with Christ’s death, and to celebrate his life and love, and his continuing life and love. The second thing needed is to read and re-read every word that has been written about him in the Gospels and to read everything that he said, because what he said is addressed to us personally… These sacred words are precious, so they should be read slowly and carefully, as you would pore over poetry to penetrate its meaning and experience its impact. Gradually in time and under the influence of the Holy Spirit, the faith that once seemed solely cerebral will deepen, as hearts and minds that were like stone before, soften and become porous to receive and experience the love of Christ ever more deeply…

I particularly enjoyed the way in which he seamlessly weaved into his narrative the words and wisdom of several saints. Here are two of my favorite quotes:

If the heart does not pray, then the tongue labours in vain”. – St. Bernardine of Siena

“You will never love someone unless you know them, but you will never really know them unless you love them.” – St. Thierry

Wisdom from the Christian Mystics - How To Pray The Christian Way includes "A Blueprint for Daily Prayer". It is a must have volume on your book shelf. This book is a resource that will give you the tools to enrich your prayer life. You will consult it regularly. It is a treasure-trove of meditative resources. It will draw both the prayer novice and veteran closer to the loving embrace of God.

Blessed indeed was the day David asked me to review this book. I shall be forever indebted to him, as will all read it. Get a copy now.

Friday, May 11, 2018

What Are We Catholics Thinking?

Father Florian Racine minced no words in his book, Could You Not Watch With Me One Hour? when he wrote: "...to the Real Presence of Jesus, we often respond with our total absence!"

Father is not alone in encouraging Catholics to end their neglect of our Eucharistic Lord. I have complied more than 250 quotations from across the centuries (many from our Lord Himself) begging us to visit, adore and spend time with Him. He is imprisoned and hidden in His Churches behind locked tabernacle doors where for all practical purposes He is abandoned and ignored.  

He is waiting for the gift of your presence:


Here is what my big sister, Patricia Grant, had to say: "I'm still reading Slumbering Souls and wanted to thank you for re-awaking my adoration and love of Jesus." 

What do you think of opinion  offered by my fellow adorer and friend, Christine M. Arabik, M.S.:

Stirring Slumbering Souls is a beautiful anthology from saints, mystics and friends of Jesus. This book has the potential to facilitate deeper reflection and response for its readers who truly seek to grow in their faith and appreciation for the Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. For some, just one quote could bring the moment of change and profound conversion for which they have longed. For others, this will be a companion to them in their prayer times at home and in Church. As for me, it will be among my select and treasured go-to spiritual books.
 
Thinking that maybe my sister and friend may not be objective enough? What about these fine folk?

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - May 10, 2018


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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.




Jeffrey Kuhner

"Tens of millions of unborn babies have been slaughtered; illegitimacy rates have soared; divorce has skyrocketed; pornography is rampant; drug use has exploded; sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS have killed millions; birth control is a way of life; sex outside of wedlock has become the norm; countless children have been permanently damaged - their innocence lost forever - because of the proliferation of broken homes; and sodomy and homosexuality are celebrated openly. America has become the new Babylon."

(From Washington Times)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Worth Revisiting - End The Silence!

Thank you, Allison Gingras at Reconciled To You  and Elizabeth Riordan at Theology Is A Verb for  hosting Catholic bloggers at Worth Revisiting.

 

It is a privilege for us to share our work with you and your readers each week. Stop by for a visit now

   

Here is my contribution: 

 

Monday Musings - End the Silence!

(Originally posted October 31, 2016)

Sin is serious business. It has eternal consequences. Look what sin did to our Lord!
We Catholics must speak up in one clear and unambiguous voice against the evil that is rampant in our world. 
 
We must have the courage to call sin, sin and to counsel the sinner. 
We must do everything possible to save souls, ours and the souls of those we know and love. 
We must make reparation for our sins and those of the whole world.

We must be willing to preach the Truth and to suffer the consequences for doing so.





We must open our mouths and share God's Love and Truth.

We must heed the command of St. Catherine of Siena. We must be fully engaged in the battle to save souls. 

And we must never forget that silence in the face of sin is a ticket to hell.