" "Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires it finds." -St. Teresa of Avila

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Worth Revisiting - Who Will Step Up This Christmas and Speak the Truth in Love?

Thank you Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan for another opportunity to re-publish our favorite posts on Worth Revisiting.


Go there now (and every Wednesday) and be nourished spiritually.
Visit Allison at  Reconciled To You and Elizabeth at Theology Is A Verb during the rest of each week.  You will enjoy your visit.
 
I share the following post:

Who Will Step Up This Christmas and Speak the Truth in Love? 

(Originally posted 12/9/14)


[This is one of the two times each year when, I believe,  our Lord most dreads the silence that will envelop far too many of our parishes. Someone needs to give voice to His yearnings. Where is the zeal for the salvation of souls?  What follows is similar to some of my previous posts on this subject.]
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Let us welcome with open arms the thousands who will flock to our Churches this Christmas – most especially those who rarely come to worship the God whose birth we commemorate.


But what does Love command we tell them?  

Speaking the Truth is, at times, very difficult but necessary. This is one of those times.

If our primary concern is for the salvation of souls (and it should be), silence about their absence from our midst during the rest of the year is not an option. Such silence will be construed as tacit approval of their continual and mortally sinful absence from Mass on Sundays and holydays of obligation. The failure to explain why many in attendance should refrain from receiving the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ is equally egregious.

Why are we afraid to share these Truths?

Eucharistic Reflection - May My Heart Beat With Yours



O most Sacred, most loving Heart of Jesus, You are concealed in the Holy Eucharist, and You beat for us still... I worship You with all my best love and awe, with my fervent affection, with my most subdued, most resolved will.


O my God, when You condescend to suffer me to receive You, to eat and drink You, and You for a while take up Your abode within me, 0 make my heart beat with Your Heart.

Purify it of all that is earthly, all that is proud and sensual, all that is hard and cruel, of all perversity, of all disorder, of all deadness.

So fill it with You, that neither the events of the day nor the circumstances of the time may have power to ruffle it, but that in Your love and Your fear it may have peace. Amen.


(From The Sacred Heart -Meditations and Devotions,  Part III [XVI} para. 3 by John Henry Newman)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday Musings - Come Join the Saints and Angels



[We MUST listen to Blessed John Henry Newman. 

We MUST conduct ourselves with the utmost reverence every time we enter a Catholic Church since our loving Lord is really and substantially present there. It is His House!  

We MUST understand why we come to, who is really present at, and what is actually happening during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Our continued failure to address these issues  jeopardizes the salvation of lost and confused souls.]

 
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“…all we do in Church is done on a principle of reverence; it is done with the thought that we are in God's presence. But irreverent persons, not understanding this, when they come into Church, and find nothing there of a striking kind, when they find everything is read from a book, and in a calm, quiet way, and still more, when they come a second and a third time, and find everything just the same, over and over again, they are offended and tired. "There is nothing," they say, "to rouse or interest them." They think God's service dull and tiresome, if I may use such words; for they do not come to Church to honor God, but to please themselves. They want something new. They think the prayers are long, and wish that there was more preaching, and that in a striking oratorical way, with loud voice and florid style.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Revisiting Wednesday - Eucharistic Reflection – He Is Whispering to Us

Thank you Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan for another opportunity to re-publish our favorite posts on Worth Revisiting.


Go there now (and every Wednesday) and be nourished spiritually.

Visit Allison at  Reconciled To You and Elizabeth at Theology Is A Verb during the rest of each week.  You will enjoy your visit.

Ponder this reflection:

Eucharistic Reflection – He Is Whispering to Us

(Originally posted on  January 15, 2014)


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"…to the humble man the rose is redder than to the ordinary man. I say with all humility, but with complete confidence, that to the devout believer in the Real Presence, the rose is redder than to other men, the sky is of a deeper blue, the meaning of life is more profound, the light on the path more intense, and the joy which is in the heart of things more easily apprehended. For God is not only in His heaven, not only present everywhere in the inscrutable immensity of His divine nature, but He is present in our midst in a way that grips our heart-strings, looking into our souls with His human eyes, assuaging our bruises with His human hands, loving us with His human heart, and whispering to us from the tabernacle where the little lamp glows before the Sacred Presence, “Come to Me and I will give you rest.”
(From The Real Presence by Eustace Boylan, S.J.)

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - November 30, 2016


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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

St. Thomas Aquinas

"To say that someone is full of mercy is like saying his heart is full of woe. He experiences the miseries of another with the same force and sadness as if they were His own. He makes His best effort to remedy the problem because it has become His problem. This is the effect of mercy. Of course, God does not become saddened by thus making His own the miseries of His creatures. Yet He does work to remedy those problems, those defects, because to act in this way does correspond to His Divine nature."

(From Summa Theologiae, 1, q. 21, a.3)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Eucharistic Reflection - A Prayer As I Leave Your Presence Lord



As this visit of adoration closes, O Jesus, I renew my faith and trust in You. I am refreshed after these moments with You, and I count myself among a privileged number, even as Your disciples were, who shared Your actual presence.

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Realizing that my visit to You is of little avail unless I try to live a better life and set a better example, I am resolved to go forth again to my duties and my concerns with a renewed spirit of perseverance and good will. In my daily life I will try to love and serve God well, and love my neighbor also, for these two things go together. I will try to be a true disciple, indeed. Help me, 0 Jesus, in this my resolution.



Bless me, dear Lord, before I go. And bless not me alone, 0 Lord, but all as well who are here present, and all who could not come, especially the sick and the dying. Bless our homes and all the children there. Bless all our life and the hour of our death.




(John J. Cardinal Carberry from Reflections and Prayers for Visits with our Eucharistic Lord)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday Musings - You Are Not At Home - You Are in God's House!



When we enter any Catholic Church, we are entitled to a sacred, silent space. Our loving Lord who resides there deserves nothing less than our adoration and worship. We should, as Blessed John Henry Newman, comport ourselves as the angels do in heaven:

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“When, then, a man enters Church, as many do, carelessly and familiarly, thinking of himself, not of God, sits down coldly and at his ease, either does not say a prayer at all, or merely hides his face for form's sake, sitting all the while, not standing or kneeling; then looks about to see who is in the Church, and who is not, and makes himself easy and comfortable in his seat, and uses the kneeler for no other purpose than to put his feet upon; in short, comes to Church as a place, not of meeting God and His holy Angels, but of seeing what is to be seen with the bodily eyes, and hearing what is to be heard with the bodily ears, and then goes and gives his judgment about the sermon freely, and says, ‘I do not like this or that,’ or ‘This is a good argument, but that is a bad one,’ or ‘I do not like this person so much as that’, and so on; I mean when a man acts in all respects as if he was at home, and not in God's House, - all I can say is, that he ventures to do in God's presence what neither Cherubim nor Seraphim venture to do, for they veil their faces, and, as if not daring to address God, praise Him to each other, in few words, and those continually repeated, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth.”

From Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. VIII by Blessed John Henry Newman)