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" "…when a problem has robbed us of our peace, the most important thing is not to resolve the problem in the hope of regaining our peace, but to regain a minimum of peacefulness and then to see what we can do to face the problem.” – Father Jacques Phillpe

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - June 21, 2018

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.

Blessed John Henry Newman

"Never had a soul true happiness but in conformity to God, in obedience to His will. We must become what we are not; we must learn to love what we do not love, and practice ourselves in what is difficult. We must have the law of the Spirit of life written and set up in our hearts, that the righteousnesss of the law may be fulfilled in us, and that we may learn to please and to love God."

(From Parochial and Plain Sermons)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Worth Revisiting - Silence Slays Souls - The Souls of Individuals and The souls of Nations


Thank you Elizabeth Riordan at Theology Is A Verb  and Allison Gingras at Reconciled To You for  hosting Catholic bloggers at Worth Revisiting. We appreciate sharing our work with you and your readers each week. Stop by for a visit now.

Here is my contribution:


Monday Musings - Silence Slays Souls - The Souls of Individuals and the Souls of Nations

(Originally published May 28, 2018

Sunday’s Gospel command (Matthew 8:16-20) to make disciples of all nations baptizing them in name of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit prompts this question: Have we Catholics abandoned our Christ-given mission?

For years, our Church has downplayed the importance of conversion and the salvation of all souls, choosing in their stead the promotion of social justice and worldly objectives. We act as if the solution to the world’s problems remain in the secular realm when in fact it can be fought and defeated only on the spiritual plain. 

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Our silence in light of such misguided efforts slays souls and emboldens Satan.

We have limited our ineffective evangelization efforts (for the most part) to just those calling themselves Catholic, thereby reinforcing the secular belief that one religion is just as good as another. Most Catholics do not know their faith and few live it – because they have often not been taught it. Even though God’s Truth will set a soul free, we far too often insist on substituting His full and complete (and no doubt challenging) Truth for a watered down, pastorally comforting non-truth, that can never nourish and foster authentic spiritual growth.

Our silence in light of such misguided efforts slays souls and emboldens Satan.

God’s law and commandments are applicable to all human beings, whether they be Catholic or not or whether they believe in a supreme being or not. God’s Truth is implanted in the hearts, minds and souls of all whom He has created. We humans know intuitively what is right and what is wrong.  Why have we not shouted this Truth from the rooftops and reflected it in the way we live our lives?

Our silence in light of such inaction slays souls and emboldens Satan.

No one (relatively speaking) comes to Church on Sunday. We, our bishops and priests, for the most part, remain silent about the eternal consequences for those souls who do not participate in Sunday Mass.

Our silence in such situations slays souls and emboldens Satan.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Eucharistic Reflection - Battered Tents

"Some years ago, on my annual retreat, I found myself under terrible temptations and discouragement. Every temptation you can think of, I had that night. On my way to Mass the next morning, I felt very battered and discouraged because of the attacks and temptations of the preceding night.

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As I walked up to Communion, I made an act of faith. I said, 'Jesus, I know I am receiving You, but I feel so discouraged, so downhearted, and so unworthy to receive You.'

This was the way I felt as I received Communion. As I received the Sacred Host and turned to go back to my place, I received a clear image of a tent. I remember looking at the tent and thinking, 'Well, that poor tent is really battered.' I remember examining it and saying, 'It must have gone through a terrible storm.'

Monday, June 18, 2018

Monday Musings - Guest Blog by Jim Dooher - IRELAND! MY IRELAND! HOW COULD YOU?!!


[What follows is a powerful and passionate response to Ireland's recent betrayal of its Catholic heritage, written by my friend, Jim Dooher, a cradle Catholic.

He spent 20 years as a psychiatric social worker and provided individual, marriage and family counseling services. His letters to the editor have been published in local and national newspapers, secular and religious. Jim is a staunch defender of the right to life and currently serves as Secretary for the Syracuse Right to Life Association. He has been a Lector and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion for over 30 years. 

Jim is a fearless and outspoken defender of the Catholic Faith and a warrior in the fight to save souls.]

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My eyes are red, my soul cries out, my mind is confused, my heart is broken. Ireland! My beautiful Ireland! the resting place of my Catholic heritage, the legacy left to me by my ancestors. I held out hope for you twice in 3 years. Oh, how you disappointed me! How could you betray my Catholic heritage?! How could you betray my ancestors?! How could you betray your country?! How could you betray St. Patrick? How could you betray your Catholic Church?! How could you betray those helpless human beings within the womb?! How could you betray God?!



First, you voted for sodomy in the form of same-sex 'marriage' to place it on the same level as traditional marriage which God created. You voted to make a mockery of marriage. Was it Political Correctness that you had in mind? Was it a sincere belief in the false anti-god LGBTQ Movement whose tentacles have 'imprisoned' you? Was it sympathy for the gay community? These are all decoys to rob you of your own humanity by seducing you into inhumane actions...having used your vote to persecute the Sacrament of Marriage. Is your vote your statement that what was once correct, what was once traditional, what was once a Sacrament, what was once Moral was only a sham? Was all for naught? How could you, Ireland, betray yourself by falling for a false god?!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Worth Revisiting - There Is No Reason to Lose This War

Thank you Elizabeth Riordan at Theology Is A Verb  and Allison Gingras at Reconciled To You for  hosting Catholic bloggers at Worth Revisiting. We appreciate sharing our work with you and your readers each week. Stop by for a visit now.

 

May you find something of value in what follows:

 

Monday Musings - There Is No Reason to Lose This War 

 

(Originally posted on June 4, 2018)
 
Satan's battle plan for some time has been clear, obvious and unambiguous to anyone who has eyes to see and ears to hear - to destroy the Catholic priesthood, its Liturgy and the Eucharist.
 

For the most part, he has succeeded beyond his wildest expectation - although his victory is but a temporary, albeit extremely painful, one. But how many souls have been and will be lost until God has had enough and finally destroys Satan and his countless minions? Too many. And tragically not enough in positions of authority seem to care. 


Ask Catholics what is the purpose of their Church and few, very few, will know that it exists for the salvation of souls, not for correcting social or economic injustices. Our Church must assist its members to know, love and serve God in this world so that they can spend eternity with Him in next - to help form us into saints.

Eucharistic Reflection - God and I Are One

"Heavenly Father, when Your priest holds up  the host and says 'the Body of Christ' let my soul bow in humble adoration before the love and humility of Jesus. Let my heart be a pure resting place for Your Son. 

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I desire, dear Father, that the image of Jesus grow brighter in my soul after every Communion. At that tremendous moment God and I are one. My Jesus, so shine in me that together we may glorify the Father by bearing fruit in abundance. Let us got out into the world together and radiate Your love and kindness."

(Mother Angelica - The Mass In My Life)