" "What a tremendous delight, my God! To spend over fifteen hours without anything else to do but but look at you and tell you, 'Lord I Love You'." - Blessed Charles de Foucauld

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - March 23, 2017



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.

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Father R. Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.


"In those persons who we are not naturally attracted to we have to see souls that have been saved by the Blood of Christ, souls that belong to the Mystical Body of Christ, souls which might even be closer to His Sacred Heart than our own. It often happens that we spend many years alongside very beautiful souls without our ever noticing it."

(From The Three Ages of the Interior Life

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Worth Revisiting - You Are Being Watched

Another Wednesday and another opportunity to thank Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan for their weekly invitation to re-post our favorite posts on Worth Revisiting.


Go there 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.  You will enjoy your visit. 

I thought I would share one of my more recent posts:


Monday Musings - You Are Being Watched!

(Originally published February 13, 2017)



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Contemporary commentators often report that there is not much difference between the manner in which the majority of Catholics act with respect to such issues, for example, as the active homosexual life style, abortion, cohabitation, contraception, euthanasia, and fetal stem cell research, and how the rest of the non-Catholic population acts.


How tragic! 


Has it been the poor example of Catholics that have led others astray? Or have Catholics simply abandoned their faith in order to fit in? An affirmative answer to either of these questions is a damning admission.


Alas, we have forgotten who we are, whom we are called to be,  how we are to live our lives, and where we are going.

Eucharistic Reflection - It Is He

"St. Joseph believed unhesitatingly in the mystery of the Incarnation, in the fruitful virginity and the divine maternity of Mary. He believed without seeing the miracles that were to fill Judea with His glory and renown of His holy name. 

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We too should recognize Jesus in the frail Host that is offered to us at the altar. Here He is even smaller than at Bethlehem, more hidden than in Joseph's workshop. Still it is He."

Bishop Peter Anastasius Pichenot

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Podcast - Some Soul Searching

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Recently, a friend asked me a difficult question. I am a coward and often avoid responding directly to challenging inquiries. That's not always a good idea. Listen here and you will see what I mean.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Worth Revisiting - Words Are Not Always Necessary

Another Wednesday and another opportunity to thank Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan for their weekly invitation to re-post our favorite posts on Worth Revisiting.


Go there 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.  You will enjoy your visit.
I wanted to share this:
 

Words Are Not Always Necessary - Reflection on St. Joseph

(Originally published March 14, 2014)


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Scripture contains none of the words that St. Joseph shared with his Divine Son, his Virgin bride, his customers or those with whom he interacted daily.

But that is okay as our Holy Father tells us:




There are many additional reasons to love this great Saint. I have no doubt that you will enjoy the thoughts of Brother Joseph Martin Hagan, O.P.

Eucharistic Reflection - Alone and Forsaken



“I remain unknown. I am left alone. Even those who claim to profess the mystery of my real presence in the Sacrament of the Altar forsake Me. I am treated with a terrible indifference, with coldness, and with a lack of respect that causes the angels to weep because they cannot offer Me reparation for the coldness and indifference of human hearts. Only men can make reparation for men. What is lacking is the loving response of a human heart to My Eucharistic Heart, pierced, alive and beating in the Sacrament of the Altar. Only a human heart can make reparation for a human heart. For this reason, the angels are sorrowful.


The adoration and the praise they offer Me is angelic. It is the expression of the perfections I have placed in their angelic nature. Without ever dying, they immolate themselves before Me in the tabernacles where I dwell on earth by lowering themselves in the most humble adoration and by placing all their angelic perfections – their beauty, their strength, their intelligence – beneath My feet. The angels are like living flames who burn in My Eucharistic presence, without ever being consumed. Yet for all of this, My angels cannot replace a single human heart in My presence. What I look for from men, what I wait for, above all from my priests, My angels cannot give Me.”

(From In Sinu Jesu)