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"Grace does not work like a penny in a slot machine. Grace will only move you when you want it to move you, and only when you let it move you." — Ven. Fulton J. Sheen

Eucharistic Reflection - Prayer To The Hidden Prisoner of the Tabernacle

"Oh God, hidden in the prison of the Tabernacle! I come with joy to You each evening to thank You for the graces You have given me. I ask pardon for the faults I committed today, which just has slipped away like a dream.

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O Jesus, how happy I would be if I had been faithful, but Alas! Often in the evening I am sad because I feel I could have corresponded better with Your graces ... If I were more united to You, more charitable, more humble, and more mortified, I would feel less sorrow when I talk with You in prayer.

Eucharistic Reflection - Do Not Go Away!

(St. Vincent Ferrer Parish, NYC)

Jesus: "Do not go away from My Tabernacle, friends of my Sacred Heart, for I wish to repeat an ever-poignant complaint. I refer to a bleeding wound that a sin of yours made in My Side. It is a wound cruel above all, because it was made by the good who called themselves My friends. How they wound Me to the Heart in measuring out to Me their love!

If you knew the tears of anguish that I weep when the children of My own household treat Me with indifferent courtesy and respectful coldness like a distinguished foreigner. They dare to act in that manner toward the God of love, the merciful Savior Who invites them to sit daily at the banquet of all bounty and all graces. There are thousands of souls who would now be saints if they had plunged generously into the abyss of My Heart. How little My love is understood and how badly repaid it is by them.

All these souls belong to Me by right, by the most sacred of rights, but lukewarmness halts them and paralyzes the flight of their hearts. They are beautiful souls, but they do not vibrate to the interest of My glory. For want of generosity they lack zeal in their love. They see Me weep on the cross, but through lack of meditation and prayer they have no source of tears to weep with Me. They see Me alone in my Eucharistic home, but My solitude does not appeal to their hearts; on the contrary, it bores them, and they cannot find a word of tenderness for the hidden God of the altar. How unhappy are these poor souls! A glacial cold kills them and wounds Me at the same time. Not knowing what to say to their best Friend, they go off and, like the Apostles, leave Me alone with My agony and My Angels.

But you others, thirsting for my glory, like Veronica, atone for the cruel wound made in my heart by lack of delicacy, of generosity, and of zeal in so many of my own children.

To dispel the sadness which they caused, offer Me your ardent, reparatory love. Because of you I wish to forget the offenses of My spoiled children. Look once more at this wide, deep Wound, made by those of My own household. 

You who burn with the heavenly flame of love and zeal, have pity on Me, your Jesus, because I search everywhere for faithful souls and apostles in whom to confide but do not find them. Do you know why? It is because I preach, redeem, and sanctify souls on the cross. Now the greater number of my friends hold this in horror; but you who love Me sincerely, afford Me great consolation by your favor, your spirit of sacrifice, and by your desire for holiness."

(Rev. Mateo Crawley-Boevey, SS.CC.from Twenty Holy Hours)

Monday Musings - What Is The Holy Hour?

(Photo by David Eucaristía from Pexels)

 

 “The Holy Hour is not a devotion; it is a sharing in the work of redemption.” 

Ven. Fulton J. Sheen

 


Pondering Tidbits Of Truth - April 1, 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.

 

 

Venerable Bruno Lanteri

“Remember that we do not acquire holiness in twenty-four hours nor without continual defects and failings. The awareness that we will commit many failings, even very many, greatly helps us toward holiness because it roots us in self-knowledge and in humility, and this is one of the foundations of our sanctification, the other being an invincible hope in divine mercy.  Be attentive, then, not to allow yourself to be discouraged by any defect, and be always ready to begin at every moment. Only be faithful to this, and I promise you that you will become holy.”

(From Overcoming Spiritual Discouragement – The Wisdom and Spiritual Power of Venerable Bruno Lanteri)

 

 

St. Vincent Ferrer, O.P.

“What should impel us more strongly to regulate our exterior actions and movements than the thought that we are before God and that the piercing, all-seeing eyes of His great wisdom are ever fixed upon us?” 

(From A Treatise on the Spiritual Life)

 

Father Jacques Phillippe

“Our greatest evil is the opposition we present toward God’s designs, and the resistance we make to his inspirations; for either we choose not to hear them, or having heard them we reject them, or having received them we weaken and dirty them by a thousand imperfections of attachment, complacency, and self-satisfaction…Thus our greatest concern should be not so much to read spiritual books as to pay great attention to divine inspirations, which are sufficient with very little reading, and to be extremely faithful in corresponding to the graces that are offered to us.”

(From In The School of The Holy Spirit)

 

Eucharistic Reflection - An Hour of Adoration

The Visit [an Hour of Adoration of Jesus in the Eucharist] is a meeting of our soul and of our whole being with Jesus. 

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It is the creature meeting the Creator; the disciple before the Divine Master; the patient with the Doctor of souls; the poor one appealing to the Rich One; the thirsty one drinking at the Font; the weak before the Almighty; the tempted seeking a sure Refuge; the blind person searching for the Light; the friend who goes to the True Friend; the lost sheep sought by the Divine Shepherd; the wayward heart who finds the Way; the unenlightened one who finds Wisdom; the bride who finds the Spouse of the soul; the “nothing” who finds the All; the afflicted who finds the Consoler; the seeker who finds life’s meaning.

It is the shepherds at the crib, Mary Magdalene at Simon’s house, Nicodemus who comes by night.

It is the holy discussions of the Samaritan woman, of Zacchaeus, of Philip, and of the Apostles with Jesus; especially in the last week of His earthly life and after the resurrection.

Blessed James Alberione

Monday Musings - When We Sin

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"Do we believe that when we sin we are Pilate ordering the cross and the nails; we are Judas taking the thirty pieces of silver and kissing the Christ; we are Annas and Caiaphas and the rest of the Sanhedrin urging the people on to cry ‘Away with this Man; give unto us Barabbas!’ Do we really believe that when we sin we take hammer and use it on a nail that goes through the flesh of God? Or have we, too, lost our sense of sin?"

(Rev. M. Raymond, O.C.S.O. from God, A Woman and the Way)

 

Eucharistic Reflection - UnLock Our Church Doors

"The Most Holy Eucharist is not only My Sacrifice offered to the Father, although in a bloodless manner; it is not only the sustenance of souls, nourishing them with My very Body and Blood; it is also the Sacrament of My divine friendship, the pledge of My burning desire to remain close to all who seek Me, to all who need Me, to all who would spend time in My company.

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This is why it so grieves Me that churches are locked and that I am left for days on end alone in the tabernacle. I would draw souls to My open Heart, I would have them experience what it is to abide in the radiance of My Eucharistic Face, I would give Myself in intimate friendship to souls drawn to Me in the Sacrament of My love, but you priests, shepherds of souls, have forgotten that keeping open your churches is integral to your sacred ministry. I would pasture souls in My Eucharistic presence, but you, by continuing to close My churches to souls, frustrate and contradict the desires of My Eucharistic Heart.

There is sorrow in heaven over this. It is not difficult to keep My churches open and to provide for the spiritual needs of those who would readily enter them in search of My friendship. The obstacles are not those of which you think; the obstacle is a lack of faith, a loss of belief in My real presence. My priests will be held responsible for the coldness and isolation that has come to surround Me in the Sacrament of My love.

How I desire to see My churches open! Open the doors of My consecrated houses and trust Me to fill them with adorers in spirit and in truth!

Come to Me in the Sacrament of My love and I will fill you with the sweetness of My friendship. Know that there is no companionship on earth that can be compared with Mine. For this too did I institute the Sacrament and Sacrifice of My Body and Blood: so that souls might find Me present in My churches and, by remaining in My presence, learn from Me all that I have heard from My Father. For this reason do I call you friends. You are My friends because, from the tabernacle where I am present, and from the monstrance that exposes Me to your gaze, I will share with you the secrets of My Heart."

(From In Sinu Jesu - When Heart Speaks To Heart -The Journal of A Priest At Prayer)