" "Of all human activities, man's listening to God is the supreme act of his reasoning and will." - Blessed Paul VI

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - September 22, 2016

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.

Father Francis Fernandez

"Apostolic zeal, the desire to draw many people to Our Lord, does not require us to do anything odd or peculiar, and much to neglect our family, social or professional duties, It is precisely in those situations – in our family, at work, with our friends, in everyday human relationships – that we find scope for an apostolic activity which may often be silent, but which is always efficacious."

(In Conversation With God, Volume 4:75.2)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Worth Revisiting - Have We Forgotten The Guilty One?

Once again, I thank Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan for their 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.

Visit Allison at  Reconciled To You and Elizabeth at Theology Is A Verb during the rest of each week.  They have much to offer.

I decided to share the following:

Have We Forgotten The Guilty One?

(Originally posted August 2, 2015)

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Last week I suggested that our individual and collective loss of any sense of sin and the moral decline in our current culture might well be attributed to our failure and reluctance to ponder the Passion, Sufferings and Death of Our Lord. 
If you missed that short post you can find it here.
In thinking further about this point, I recalled reading an excerpt some time back from an an article in an old issue of The Sacred Heart Messenger, entitled "The Guilty One".  
This compelling reflection may explain our reluctance to spend time at the foot of Christ's Cross. I hope it, and the words of Monsignor Hugh F. Blunt which it quotes, will provide additional fruit for your contemplation:

Eucharistic Reflection - My Listening Lord


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“O Jesus, hidden God, more friendly than a brother, I believe most firmly that You are present, a few feet only from where I kneel. 

You are behind that little wall, listening to every word of confidence and love, and thanksgiving, and praise. Listening when my heart is free to pour itself out to You as the brook to the river in the days of spring. Listening more tenderly when the stream is ice-bound; when I kneel before You troubled, wearied, anxious about many things – about may souls perhaps – yet dry and hard, without a word to say. 

Make my heart so perfectly at ease with You, O Lord, that it may be able to turn to You even in its coldness and inertness; to confide to You naturally all that most intimately concerns it; to be content with this, when discontented with all else, with self most of all – that You know all men and need not that any should give testimony of man, for You know what is in man.”

(Mother Mary Loyola from Coram Santissimo)

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday Musings - Unlike Any Other Place On Earth

I recently discovered an article by James Monti in The Wanderer Online Daily. It was entitled Restoring the Sacred…Coram Sanctissimo; An Afternoon With God. 

Monti powerfully reminds us of an essential and foundational Truth so many have forgotten e.g. “A Catholic church is unlike any other place on earth, for it is the dwelling place of God on earth.”

The author does this in a number of ways. One is by quoting the reactions of Charles Reding, a fictional character in Blessed John Henry Newman’s novel, Loss and Gain: The Story of a Convert. Sadly, the sense of the Sacred depicted in the following paragraph is no longer common place in many of our Churches today:

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“A priest, or at least an assistant, had mounted for a moment above the altar, and removed a chalice or vessel which stood there; he could not see distinctly. A cloud of incense was rising on high; the people suddenly all bowed low; what could it mean? The truth flashed on him, fearfully yet sweetly; it was the Blessed Sacrament — it was the Lord Incarnate who was on the altar, who had come to visit and to bless His people. It was the Great Presence, which makes a Catholic church different from every other place in the world; which makes it as no other place can be, holy.” 

Pray that more of us will respond to the Blessed Sacrament as Reding did when he first came to understand what the Real Presence meant.

I recommend you read Monti's article in its entirety. He will also introduce you to Mother Mary Loyola.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Worth Revisiting - My Winged Messengers

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.

My Winged Messengers

(Originally posted August 29, 2016)

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Whenever I have been blessed to spend time in the chapel at the retreat house at the Abbey of Genesee an assortment of birds always flies above and around the exterior of the chapel as I first begin to pray – carefree, chirping, doing what God created them to do, and trusting Him to provide for their needs.  After a time, they leave me as silence returns.

The presence of my feathered friends at these times of prayer is God’s way of reminding me that if He cares and provides for these little creatures, how much more certain I can be He will do so for me.

I can never be reminded of this truth enough.

Eucharistic Reflection - Say It To Him!

There are times when physical lassitude, cold or heat, an importunate thought, a trial with its sting still fresh, baffles every effort to fix the mind on the subject of prayer, and concentrates the whole attention on what for the moment is all-absorbing.

Times harder still to manage, when mind and heart are so absolutely vacant and callous that there is no rousing them to action.

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This reflection will sometimes be helpful then: What should I have to say were I in the presence of the one I loved best in the world; with whom I am quite at my ease; my friend par excellence; to whom my trials, difficulties, character, the secrets of my soul are known; that one in whose concerns and welfare I take the deepest interest; whose plans and views are mine, discussed again and again together; in whose company time flies and the hour of parting comes too soon – what should I find to say?

Say it, make an effort to say it to Him Who is in the tabernacle yonder.

(Mother Mary Loyola from Coram Sanctissimo)