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"Among creatures no one knows Christ better than Mary; no one can introduce us to a profound knowledge of his mystery better than his mother." - St. John Paul II

Eucharistic Reflection - Not Much Has Changed



Sadly, as noted by Father Croiset in 1863, the lack of appreciation for the gift of Jesus living physically among us is not a recent development:
“There have been newly converted Christians, in the Indies and in Japan, who have traveled more than a hundred leagues every year, to have the consolation of once adoring Jesus Christ in the most Blessed Sacrament, of hearing one single Mass; and they thought nothing of the fatigue, of so difficult a journey, that they might have the happiness of spending half an hour with Jesus Christ.
 
My God! How many will rise up at the day of judgment and will condemn us! We have Jesus Christ in our town; religious persons have Jesus Christ in their own house; and this benefit is esteemed as nothing! And some value it so little, that they only visit Jesus Christ with indifference and even with repugnance, and almost all without devotion.”    
 
           (From Devotion To The Sacred Heart by Father John Croiset, S.J.)
 
 

Monday Musings - November 26, 2012 - Is It Time To Change?

Monday Musings


If God used Balaam’s donkey to get that prophet’s attention, I guess he can use me to get yours. May these periodic Monday Musings generate fruitful discussion and faithful change.
 
 
Spend a few minutes reflecting on these fundamental Truths of your Catholic Faith:

 
Is It Time To Change?
 
God loves you!
 
He made you in His image and likeness.
 
He wants to spend eternity with you!
 
But He will not force Himself or His plan on you.
 
He invites you to become a saint - to become holy as He is holy.
 
You must freely choose whether or not to accept His invitation.
 
He longs to be one with you right now during your earthly journey - physically uniting Himself (Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity) with you every time you receive Him in Holy Communion.
 
He remains physically present in the Sacred Hosts that are reserved in the tabernacles of His churches and in the chapels of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration   – waiting there every day, 24 hours a day, 365 days of every year for your visit and adoration.
 
He longs to see you, hear your voice, talk to you, console you, strengthen you, heal you, teach you, touch your heart, stir your soul, transform you and love you. 
 
None of us deserve to be loved like this!
 
But our God deserves all our love. He deserves everything we have – not just an occasional thought or glance.  
 
Yet, most of us give Him little or no attention during our daily lives. Many of us drive or walk by His earthly residence without ever thinking of stopping in and visiting Him!
 
 Is it time to change our unloving ways?
 

Eucharistic Reflection - “An Invitation to Holy Communion”

 

THE VOICE OF CHRIST:


“Come to Me, all you that labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you.” 

“The bread which I will give is My Flesh, for the life of the world.” 

“Take you and eat: this is My Body, which shall be delivered for you. 

“Do this for the commemoration of Me.” 

“He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, abideth in Me, and I in him. 

“The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life."
 
 

THE DISCIPLE:


These are all Your words, O Christ, eternal Truth, though they were not all spoken at one time nor written together in one place. And because they are Yours and true, I must accept them all with faith and gratitude. They are Yours and You have spoken them; they are mine also because You have spoken them for my salvation. Gladly I accept them from Your lips that they may be the more deeply impressed in my heart.


Words of such tenderness, so full of sweetness and love, encourage me; but my sins frighten me and an unclean conscience thunders at me when approaching such great mysteries as these. The sweetness of Your words invites me, but the multitude of my vices oppresses me.

You command me to approach You confidently if I wish to have part with You, and to receive the food of immortality if I desire to obtain life and glory everlasting.

"Come to me," You say, "all you that labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you."

Oh, how sweet and kind to the ear of the sinner is the word by which You, my Lord God, invite the poor and needy to receive Your most holy Body! Who am I, Lord, that I should presume to approach You? Behold, the heaven of heavens cannot contain You, and yet You say: "Come, all of you, to Me."

What means this most gracious honor and this friendly invitation? How shall I dare to come, I who am conscious of no good on which to presume? How shall I lead You into my house, I who have so often offended in Your most kindly sight? Angels and archangels revere You, the holy and the just fear You, and You say: "Come to Me: all of you!" If You, Lord, had not said it, who would have believed it to be true? And if You had not commanded, who would dare approach?

Behold, Noah, a just man, worked a hundred years building the ark that he and a few others might be saved; how, then, can I prepare myself in one hour to receive with reverence the Maker of the world?

Moses, Your great servant and special friend, made an ark of incorruptible wood which he covered with purest gold wherein to place the tables of Your law; shall I, a creature of corruption, dare so easily to receive You, the Maker of law and the Giver of life?

Solomon, the wisest of the kings of Israel, spent seven years building a magnificent temple in praise of Your name, and celebrated its dedication with a feast of eight days. He offered a thousand victims in Your honor and solemnly bore the Ark of the Covenant with trumpeting and jubilation to the place prepared for it; and I, unhappy and poorest of men, how shall I lead You into my house, I who scarcely can spend a half-hour devoutly -- would that I could spend even that as I ought!

O my God, how hard these men tried to please You! Alas, how little is all that I do! How short the time I spend in preparing for Communion! I am seldom wholly recollected, and very seldom, indeed, entirely free from distraction. Yet surely in the presence of Your life-giving Godhead no unbecoming thought should arise and no creature possess my heart, for I am about to receive as my guest, not an angel, but the very Lord of angels.

Very great, too, is the difference between the Ark of the Covenant with its treasures and Your most pure Body with its ineffable virtues, between these sacrifices of the law which were but figures of things to come and the true offering of Your Body which was the fulfillment of all ancient sacrifices.

Why, then, do I not long more ardently for Your adorable presence? Why do I not prepare myself with greater care to receive Your sacred gifts, since those holy patriarchs and prophets of old, as well as kings and princes with all their people, have shown such affectionate devotion for the worship of God?…

Many people travel far to honor the relics of the saints, marveling at their wonderful deeds and at the building of magnificent shrines. They gaze upon and kiss the sacred relics encased in silk and gold; and behold, You are here present before me on the altar, my God, Saint of saints, Creator of men, and Lord of angels!

Often in looking at such things, men are moved by curiosity, by the novelty of the unseen, and they bear away little fruit for the amendment of their lives, especially when they go from place to place lightly and without true contrition. But here in the Sacrament of the altar You are wholly present, my God, the man Christ Jesus, whence is obtained the full realization of eternal salvation, as often as You are worthily and devoutly received. To this, indeed, we are not drawn by levity, or curiosity, or sensuality, but by firm faith, devout hope, and sincere love…

Oh, the wonderful and hidden grace of this Sacrament which only the faithful of Christ understand, which unbelievers and slaves of sin cannot experience! In it spiritual grace is conferred, lost virtue restored, and the beauty, marred by sin, repaired. At times, indeed, its grace is so great that, from the fullness of the devotion, not only the mind but also the frail body feels filled with greater strength.

Nevertheless, our neglect and coldness is much to be deplored and pitied, when we are not moved to receive with greater fervor Christ in Whom is the hope and merit of all who will be saved. He is our sanctification and redemption. He is our consolation in this life and the eternal joy of the blessed in heaven. This being true, it is lamentable that many pay so little heed to the salutary Mystery which fills the heavens with joy and maintains the whole universe in being.

Oh, the blindness and the hardness of the heart of man that does not show more regard for so wonderful a gift, but rather falls into carelessness from its daily use! If this most holy Sacrament were celebrated in only one place and consecrated by only one priest in the whole world, with what great desire, do you think, would men be attracted to that place, to that priest of God, in order to witness the celebration of the divine Mysteries! But now there are many priests and Mass is offered in many places, that God's grace and love for men may appear the more clearly as the Sacred Communion is spread more widely through the world.

Thanks be to You, Jesus, everlasting Good Shepherd, Who have seen fit to feed us poor exiled people with Your precious Body and Blood, and to invite us with words from Your own lips to partake of these sacred Mysteries: "Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you."

(From The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis, Book 4, Chapter1)

 

Sunday Snippets - November 25, 2012


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Pondering Tidbits of Truth - November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving - an ideal time to reflect on, and give God thanks for, His many blessings. 

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 Teresa of Calcutta 

“If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own power. Your self-sufficiency, your selfishness and your intellectual pride will inhibit His coming to live in your heart because God cannot fill what is already full. It is as simple as that.” 

(From 7 Steps To A Holier Life) 

Scripture 

From Him [God] no creature can be hidden, everything lies bare, everything is brought to face to face with Him this God to whom we must give our account.” 

(From Hebrews 4:13)
 

Leo Rudloff, O.S.B.

The existence of hell brings home to us with terrifying clarity the fact that God is just, and that His justice is not to be separated from His mercy. We must stress with special emphasis, however, that hell is not a blind destiny into which the sinner plunges unawares, but is his self-chosen and fully deserved portion.  

(From Everyman’s Theology)
 

St. Teresa of Avila  

St. Theresa of Avila once heard someone say: “If only I had lived at the time of Jesus… If only I had seen Jesus…If only I had talked with Jesus”…To this, St. Theresa replied: “But do we not have in the Eucharist the living, true and real Jesus present before us? Why look for Him?” 
 
(Author Unknown)

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HOW STRONG IS YOUR FAITH?

Thanks to Mary Fredal for sharing this eductional and inspiring story

The issues of conscience and the right to freely practice one's faith are now under attack. Thank God for these women who put God and His law above their employment. I suspect more us will be facing this challenge in the days and weeks to come - may we have the courage and faith of these Christian warriors.

(Via AllianceDefends and YouTube)

Eucharistic Reflection-Mendicant Divine


“O my Savior, what a revelation of conscience to me! With hellish insistency Your sworn enemy and mine demands of me each day that I bring him sacrifice, at the cost of virtue!...and alas! It is sadly true that seldom, very seldom, does he not get a bit of impatience, vanity, pride, self-love from me; seldom, very seldom, is it that he fails to entice me to curious glances, uncharitable words, dangerous thoughts, sinful inclinations!

And to You, O God of my soul, to You I refuse the very alms of a prayer, of an act of contrition, of a purpose of amendment!...I dare to refuse You one quarter of an hour’s adoration, the hearing of Holy Mass, the reception of Holy Communion…How lamentably considerate I am as regards my unruly passions; only in Your regard am I inconsiderate and hard of heart!

O Jesus, would that I could pay you back for Your great poverty and for all that You suffer for me – pay You back with the riches of my love! O would that, after the countless humiliations that You suffer for me, Mendicant Divine, I might strengthen, refresh, and glorify You with the treasures of virtues innumerable!

Now listen, my Jesus! You have decided to continue Your Eucharistic mendicant-life, so I must earnestly implore You to remain with me always, ever to be at the door of my heart! Only rap, and I will always open to You; only ask, and You shall always receive! I will always give You whatsoever You want; thoughts, words, desires, deeds of virtue, sacrifices, tears, penances – everything, everything, even my life. But there is one condition, my Jesus; I would so like to burn with love for You in the Blessed Sacrament that my love – that my love would know no bounds!
                                  (Eucharistic Whisperings, Father Winfrid Herbst, S.D.S.)
 

Sunday Snippets - November 18, 2012

 
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Eucharistic Reflection - An Invitation From Jesus!

Monday Musings - November 12, 2012 - Where Is He?


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St. Albert the Great and the Eucharist


Today is the feast day of St. Albert the Great (1206-1280). Who was this noted Dominican friar?  

The following brief summary from the Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic (St. Joseph’s Province) highlights some of his accomplishments;

“German Bishop, theologian of renown, philosopher, scientist, diplomat, inventor, teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas…crisscrossed his diocese on foot and so nicknamed “Doctor Boots by his contemporaries. “Universal Doctor’ of the Church…”
 

Today also marks the 11th anniversary of the opening of the chapel of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in my former parish.  

Why not commemorate both of these great occasions by taking a look at what St. Albert the Great had to say about the Eucharist:

“This sacrament [the Eucharist] is profitable because it grants remissions of sins; it is most useful because it bestows the fullness of grace on us in this life...Nor can we do anything more pleasant. For what is better than God manifesting his whole sweetness to us…He could not have commanded anything more beneficial, for this sacrament is the fruit of the tree of life. Anyone who receives this sacrament with the devotion of sincere faith will never taste death…Nor could he have commanded anything more lovable, for this sacrament produces love and union. It is characteristic of the greatest love to give itself as food…There is no more intimate or more natural means for them to be united to me and I to them. Nor could he have commanded anything which is more like eternal life. Eternal life flows from this sacrament because God with all sweetness pours himself out upon the blessed.” 

(Excerpted from Commentary on the Gospel of Luke by St. Albert the Great as set forth in today’s Office of Readings)
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Monday Musings - November 12, 2012 - Where Is He?

Monday Musings

(If God used Balaam’s donkey to get that prophet’s attention, I guess he can use me to get yours. May these periodic Monday Musings generate fruitful discussion and faithful change.)


It happened again!  I wanted to scream! I wanted to cry! 

We arrived early to the only Catholic Church in the town we were passing through on our way to be with family. We were looking forward for a few minutes to adore our waiting Lord, to spend time in His Presence, and to silently pray and prepare for the holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Little in this mammoth structure would lead anyone to sense they were entering a sacred place and holy ground. Two thirds of this structure had nothing to do with adoration, prayer and worship. The majority of this structure was dedicated to a huge cafeteria/auditorium area and a cavernous vestibule/library/lounge area.  

As we entered the actual “Church” portion of this complex, we were overwhelmed with the sound of cascading water. I thought I was next to Niagara Falls.  There was no sanctuary lamp, no tabernacle, no crucifix, no kneelers, no statutes, no candles - nothing that would cause anyone who entered this space to immediately lift up their hearts, minds and souls toward the God to whom we owe adoration and worship. 

People milled around, loudly speaking to each other as if they were at the local American Legion hall. The extensive drum set, piano and keyboard were in a central and prestigious location behind the altar area. A search for Jesus’ residence failed to uncover His whereabouts. 

The noise and banter continued unabated until Father suddenly approached the side of the altar and suggested we have some quiet time to center our thoughts on God - thirty seconds later we were told to introduce ourselves to all those around us. The short lived period of reflective silence and communing prayerfully with our Lord was over. 

The music was not sacred. It was not directed toward worshipping God but rather toward celebrating the gift we are to each other. The homily prompted periodic laughter. Though long considered an unacceptable liturgical abuse, the priest used a glass chalice. Two of the sixteen extraordinary (?) Eucharistic ministers poured the Sacred Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior from two glass pitchers into sixteen glass chalices – another practice long prohibited by the Church for good and sufficient reasons. Only the priest and deacon distributed the Sacred Host while the majority of those in attendance sat patiently in their cushioned chairs chatting with each other until it was their turn to get up and walk toward the altar. 

Before the Mass ended, Father urged more of the parishioners to sign up to become Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion – sixteen apparently being insufficient to meet the needs at Sunday Mass (?).  He next called two lovely young Girl Scouts up to the altar where their good deeds were publicly acknowledged before the gathered Church community that dutifully gave them a rousing round of applause – this entire presentation lasted ten times longer than the thirty second period of silence that had preceded Mass. 

Father had barely begun to process away from the altar when the majority resumed acting as if they were still at an American Legion social hour.

At the end of Mass, I went looking for Jesus. I knew He had to be somewhere in this complex. I checked several alcoves but did not find Him. As I approached the last of these areas, there were three ushers standing there, effectively (but not likely intentionally) blocking anyone from accessing whatever might be located behind them. I looked some ten feet beyond these men and saw our Lord’s earthly residence through a glass window. I entered this small chapel, only one third the size allotted to the drums, piano and keyboard so prominently located behind the altar. Doesn’t our Lord deserve a more honored and prominent place in Church than do musical instruments? I knelt and spent a few minutes in adoration before the locked tabernacle, offering my presence there as an act of love and reparation to our often abandoned, forgotten and hidden Lord.

This is not the type of worship our Lord deserves and to which He is entitled. Yet, this type of behavior is the norm in far too many of our Catholic Churches every Sunday. We wonder why so few Catholics attend Mass on Sunday, or why they claim to get nothing out of Mass,  or  why the majority of Catholics no longer believe that Jesus is really, truly and substantially present in the Blessed Sacrament or why so few of them are willing to spend any time with Him in Eucharistic Adoration. 

It is not about us! It should never be about us. It must always be about Him, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
 
Return a sense of the sacred to our Church buildings!

 

Eucharistic Reflection - An Invitation From Jesus


                

“My child, if My true presence on the altar were limited to one place alone, many people from all parts of the world would try to visit that place at some time or other in their lives, Yet, now, that I have made it easy for all to come to Me, see how many visit Me only when they are obliged!
 

 

Many people are so cold toward me. Like children they are impressed only by what they can touch and see. I have given them the greatest treasure in the Blessed Sacrament. Through My Apostles and their successors, I have promised to be personally present wherever the Blessed Sacrament is. Make every effort to be deeply impressed by this greatest of all earthly gifts.

 

It is not enough for you to believe in My real presence upon the altar. I placed Myself there for love of you. I wanted to be near you in some visible way, so that you might visit Me as often as you wished. You should wish it as often as possible.

 

People come to Me for different reasons. Some come only on Sundays and holy days, through a sense of obligation. Either they do not want to lose Heaven, or they desire My help in their daily life. Then there are those who come to Me through mere habit. They act automatically, without any particular devotion to Me. There, are, however, a certain number who come to Me for the best reason. They come because they are glad to be near Me. These people please Me best of all. They receive many extra graces which are not granted to the others.

 

Consider how devoted My saints were to Me. They seized every opportunity to visit Me and stay with Me. They desired to abandon all useless interests so that they might have more time with Me. In return for this generosity with Me, they received a clearer understanding of My boundless goodness and a deeper appreciation of My infinite love.

 

You too have the opportunity to give Me  more of your time and attention. Make a greater effort to come closer to Me in friendship. You have the privilege of kneeling before Me like the simple, wonderful shepherds; the tired, admiring Magi; the suffering, begging leper; the penitent, hopeful Magdalene, the convinced, converted Thomas. How are you taking advantage of this privilege?

 

How much easier it will be for you to face Me in your judgment if you have loved to face Me often during your earthly life. Each visit to Me is an act of faith, of love, and of self-purification. Come to Me often, so that I may shower more of My gifts upon your soul.” 

(From My Daily Bread by Father Anthony J. Paone, S.J., available from the Confraternity ofThe Precious Blood)

 

 


 

Sunday Snippets - November 11, 2012



Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at RAnn's Place for Sunday Snippets - a Catholic Carnival where we share posts from the previous week.


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Eucharistic Reflection - Jesus the Beggar

                               Pondering Tidbits of Truth - November 8, 2012


Pondering Tidbits of Truth - November 8, 2012


A Reminder: The Purpose of Pondering Tidbits of Truth

We are all busy people. Many of us have convinced ourselves that we simply do not have the time to read, ponder and reflect on the Scriptures and the wealth of spiritual wisdom our Church has accumulated over the centuries. Yet, we owe God and ourselves this reflective time.

If we spend little or no time, pondering the truths and mysteries of our Faith, we are not going to progress spiritually - a growth essential to our eternal well-being and that of those around us.

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. Rarely will they share a common thread. Today is an exception.

Every other Thursday, I will offer some quotations for your reflection. This is my challenge to you. Read and ponder them. Invest at least five minutes of your time on each of them over the course of two weeks, asking God to let you understand what He wants you to learn from this material.

I suspect if you give Him these minutes, you will be hungry for additional nourishment and eager to give Him even more of your time. You may even want to share what you have learned – at least we hope you will.

(Note: Normally, I offer only three quotations. Given the events of this week, I was prompted to expand this week's offerings.)

Scripture
 
“…It is easy for many to be overcome by a few; in the sight of Heaven there is no difference between deliverance by many or by few; for victory in war does not depend on the size of the army, but on strength that comes from Heaven.” 
(From 1 Maccabees 3:18-19)
 
 
Pope Paul VI
 "[The Church] exists in order to evangelize, that is to say, in order to preach and teach, to be the channel of the gift of grace, to reconcile sinners with God, and to perpetuate Christ's sacrifice in the Mass, which is the memorial of His death and glorious resurrection." 

(From Evangelii Nuntiandi)

 

Father Giovanni Salerno
 
“For Missionary Servants of the Poor it is a great privilege to represent the Church and the Holy Father in the midst of the poor. When the missions of the Third World are spoken of, many think that the best way to help the poor is to address their material needs: clothing, medicine, food, etc. In my life as missionary, after forty-six years, I have realized that the greatest gift we can give the poor is God and His divine grace through the Sacraments of the Church.” 

(From Letter to Abbot at Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey)

 

Father Peter John Cameron, O.P.
 

“We live in an age that is preoccupied with social questions, and Catholics are being challenged to justify their faith by its concrete success in dealing with these questions. Aware of the great contributions which the Church’s doctrines have in fact to make in this sphere, Catholics may be led to speak and act as if it were the main concern of the Church instead of the secondary, if important, one. As the Second Vatican Council has vigorously reasserted, the real mission of the Church is to bring the world back to God, to make it conscious of him as the supreme, adorable reality and its own highest good."

(From Editorial - Magnificat – Year of Faith Companion)

  

Fulton J. Sheen, Servant of God

 
"He [Jesus] refused to lead any revolutionary movement even among a conquered people and His own people. At no time did He take a stand in the quarrel between Herod and Pilate, or against the numerous political scandals that were so rampant in Judea. He never raises his voice against crucifixions, which he knew well as a boy when 3000 were crucified in the town easily visible from Nazareth. He was indifferent to power, except to affirm that all power comes from God."  

(From Those Mysterious Priests)

 

Madeleine Delbrel,  Servant of God
 

“Saving the world does not mean making it happy; it means showing the world the meaning of its suffering and giving it a joy that “nothing can take away.” If we must fight against the misery and misfortune which Christ took so seriously as to speak of judging us in the end solely by what we did for others in this regard, we must keep in mind that what is at stake is ultimately not solving these problems and constructing a second earthly paradise; rather, what is at stake is eternal life.” 

(From We the Ordinary People of the Streets)




 

Eucharistic Reflection - Jesus The Beggar


“Jesus loves poverty with a very special love – so much so, indeed, that, because He could not find it in heaven, He came down and sought it here on earth.


He took nothing along with Him from heaven. The tiny bit of glory that He gets on earth is the free gift of the few generous hearts that are trying to show how much they love Him. He is at His lovers’ mercy! Were merely a little wafer of bread denied Him, He could not remain in our midst on earth – He, the Lord of the Universe!...
Jesus begs. I wonder for what? 

He [Jesus] begs for one little word of kindly considerate greeting when I pass by a church… for a short ejaculatory prayer from time to time…for at least one loving aspiration when the bells ring out from the church towers…for a thought, one only thought, when I am alone. A word surely…at least a word I would not even refuse the most despicable criminal. But for Jesus?...Have I a word for Jesus?...How many?

He begs for a little company. For hours and hours he is all, all alone. Oh, what a longing – one that is well-night a necessity – he has for my presence! It would cost me so very little to give Him a few minutes every day; and still, rather than pay him a brief visit, I yawn and try to while away the weary hours. Rather than sit at His blessed feet, I would quite tire myself out in searching after the pleasures of the world and its miserable distractions!”

Jesus begs for a little love.
Contemplate Him, O my soul!...Not far from Him there stands another; also he would have something of you...it is Satan!



(Eucharistic Whisperings, Father Winfrid Herbst, S.D.S.)

Sunday Snippets - November 4, 2012



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The Presence of God - Eucharistic Reflection

St. Martin de Porres

Monday Musings - The "New Evangelization" Must Begin With Us And In Our Homes



St. Martin de Porres

Today is the feast day of another Dominican Saint, St. Martin de Porres (1579-1639).

The monthly listing of Dominican Saints and Blesseds whose feast days are celebrated in November, describe St. Martin as "first a Lay Dominican, then a Cooperator Brother, infirmaries, barber, worker among the poor, remarkable wonder-worker, and Church appointed patron of social justice, cooperator brothers and hair dressers".

 
The Dominican Supplement to the Liturgy of the Hours tells us that "[in] his life of prayer Martin was especially devoted to the Blessed Sacrament and to the passion of our Lord".
 

Excerpts from the homily of Pope John XXIII at the Saint's canonization set forth in today's Office of Readings provide more detail of this humble servant:

 
"Whenever he would contemplate Christ's terrible torture he would be reduced to tears. He had an exceptional love for the great Sacrament of the Eucharist and often spent long hours in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. His desire was to receive the sacrament in communion as often as possible."

 

"...He [Saint Martin] loved men because he honestly looked on them as God's children and as his own brothers and sisters. Such was his humility that he loved them even more than himself and considered them to be better and more righteous than he was. He did not blame others for their shortcomings. Certain that he deserved more severe punishment for his sins than others did, he would overlook their worst offenses. He was tireless in his efforts to reform the criminal, and he would sit up with the sick to bring them comfort. For the poor he would provide food, clothing and medicine."
 
Why not take a few additional minutes and look at a brief but very informative article into the life of this humble servant of God, written by Brother Thomas Schaefgen, O.P. last May on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Saint’s canonization. You can find his article here.
 
Would you join our Dominican family in offering the following prayer to our beloved brother in Christ?
 
"To you Saint Martin de Porres we prayerfully lift up our hearts filled with serene confidence and devotion. Mindful of your unbounded and helpful charity to all levels of society and also of your meekness and humility of heart, we offer our petitions to you. Pour out upon our family the precious gift of your solicitous and generous intercession; show to the people of every race and every color the paths of unity and of justice; implore from our Father in heaven, the coming of His kingdom, so that through mutual benevolence in God, men may increase the fruits of grace and merit the rewards of eternal life. Amen"