" "The apostle is a chalice full to the brim with the life of Jesus, and his overflow pours itself out upon souls." _ Father Mateo Crawley-Boevey

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Worth Revisiting - Stirring Up Souls

Thank you Allison Gingras  (Reconciled To You) and Elizabeth Riordan (Theology Is A Verb) for another opportunity to re-publish our favorite posts on Worth Revisiting.

Stop for a visit now (and every Wednesday). The gifted writers who post there each week will no doubt have much of value to offer you.

 I wanted to share this:

Monday Musings - Stirring Up Souls

(Originally posted August 31, 2015)

Thank God for the gift of Father Mark at Vultus Christi!, who recently reminded us:
“There is nothing…as compelling as the sight of a priest in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. In an age of locked churches, of churches opened only for ‘services’ … it is a rare thing. And yet, there is no more effective way of communicating to souls the truth about the Most Holy Eucharist.” (See his full post - When A Priest Adores here)
I certainly concur with the good Father and thank him for both translating and then sharing this excerpt of a November 1855 letter from the Bishop of Lucon to Virginie Danion:
“I never go up into the pulpit without seeking to move [souls] to love of the Divine Eucharist, and I often recommend the visit to the Blessed Sacrament. Given that example speaks louder than words, I go habitually to recite Vespers, Compline, and later, Matins and Lauds before the Blessed Sacrament in the cathedral, and at nightfall I make a half-hour’s meditation there. The Lord will, I hope, bless these efforts, by stirring up in a greater number of souls the desire to visit the Blessed Sacrament. I say this only for you, so that your heart may be consoled by it. Persevere in your holy undertaking, in the midst of difficulties and contradictions. The railway cars are overflowing with travelers while the avenues leading to churches where the Holy Eucharist resides are deserted. This is truly the hidden and unknown God. Apply yourself to making Him known, praised, loved, blessed and welcomed.”

Let us pray that many more of our priests will follow the recommendation of this fine Bishop and never cease, by their word and example, to stir up in as many souls as possible, “the desire to visit the Blessed Sacrament”.
Stirring up this holy desire should be, in this simple man’s view, the number one priority of our Church, and every one of its Bishops and priests.
Do you agree?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Eucharistic Reflection - Don't Walk By His House

"Pope Benedict XVI said that when we look upon Christ in the Eucharist 'we enter into the very dynamic of His self-giving.' For that reason, adoration of the Eucharist, exposed to our view in the monstrance, is particularly important for us, and a particularly powerful encounter with the Lord.

I often ask children to imagine walking by the house of the Holy Family in Nazareth. Children who love the Lord might remember that Jesus lives there, and make a gesture of reverence, or say a short prayer. But if we walked by the Lord’s house, and He was out on the porch, and we could look directly at Him, we would stop, and talk to Him, and know that He was hearing us, and talking to us. So it is with adoring Christ in the Eucharist, visible to us in the monstrance. We see Him, and we know that He sees us. We speak to Him, and we know that He hears us. When we adore Christ in the Eucharist, exposed in the monstrance, the Lord engages all of our senses, through the ministry of the Church, to awaken us to the power of encountering him—love made visible."

Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday Musings - Go To Bed

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I found the following gem some time ago. As I travel to be with my suffering sister, I needed to rediscover and share these words of encouragement. 

Obviously, Father Farrell's wisdom should be reflected not only in the lives of those blessed to be members of the Dominican family but among all who believe in a loving, forgiving and merciful Lord:

"Let God tend to the hopeless-looking things. You are a Dominican, a foreigner to worry and quite a  close friend of gaiety...It seems to me quite entrancing to be able to pile into bed realizing there is someone as big as God to do all the worrying that has to be done. 

Worry, you know, is a kind of reverence given to a situation because of its magnitude, how small it must be through God's eyes...You can't get everything done in a day, nor can you get any part of it done as well as it could be, or even as well as you would like, so like the rest of us, you putter at your job with a normal amount of energy, for a reasonable length of time, and go to bed with the humiliating yet exhilarating knowledge that you are only a child of God and not God Himself."

(Father William Farrell, O.P. from the Shadow of Death by Susan J. English)

Oh, but it is so hard to let go of our worries Lord! Help us to trust You as we ought!

May I ask all those reading this post to storm heaven  on behalf of my twin sister Jane, as well as for Christine, the daughter of my Dominican brother and friend, Dick.  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - May 18, 2017

(Photo©Michael Seagriff)
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.

Juan Donoso Cortes

"Those who pray do more for the world than those who fight, and if the world is going from bad to worse, it is because there are more battles than prayers."

(From The Soul of the Apostolate)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Worth Revisiting - Is This The End?

Thank you Allison Gingras  (Reconciled To You) and Elizabeth Riordan (Theology Is A Verb) for another opportunity to re-publish our favorite posts on Worth Revisiting.

Stop for a visit now (and every Wednesday). The gifted writers who post there each week will no doubt have much of value to offer you.
[I decided to share an excerpt from my book,  Fleeting Glimpses of the Silly, Sentimental and Sublime.]  

Is This The End?

Neither my wife nor I had ever driven across country. We were excited to do so since the prize awaiting us in Denver was an extended visit with our daughter Tammy and her husband. We planned a leisurely trip with no set schedule, driving as far or as little as we cared to do on any particular day. We gave no thought to weather conditions along our planned route, assuming the high blue sky and feather like clouds that had been with us from the outset of our journey would accompany us throughout our trip. 

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We drove past blighted inner cities, congested and traffic logged interchanges in and about Chicago, and the unending miles of corn fields and irrigated farmland that would stretch before and around us as we traveled through Iowa and Nebraska. I must admit that I enjoyed driving at 85 miles an hour, amused and perplexed however that everyone was passing me.

We spent two relaxing days in Des Moines, Iowa to break up the trip and give my ailing back a break.  Refreshed, we headed west anxious to see and experience the steep and majestic Rocky Mountains in Colorado. We almost didn’t make it.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Eucharistic Reflection - More Than A Ciborium and More Than a Monstrance

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[Would not our world today be much different] “if all of us Catholics had acted always on the conviction that we are His members; that consequently our actions are Christ’s actions?...

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You are more than a ciborium carrying the Christ within you; you are more than a monstrance whence His whiteness might shine out; you have been made Christ – you are much more like the Host which the ciborium and monstrance hold! ‘Your shining is to make known His Glory as He has revealed it in the features of Jesus Christ’."

 (From God, A Woman and the Way by Rev. M. Raymond, OCSO)