" "Witness in an age when words which convey truth are judged offensive will make martyrdom more common than we imagined when first we learned that truth." – Father Kevin M. Cusick

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Worth Revisiting - If You Love God and His Priests

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.

Here is my contribution:

Monday Musings - If You Love God and His Priests 

(Originally published January 23, 2017)

The tragic truth about our Catholic Church today and far too many of its bishops, priests, religious and lay people is the failure to make the Sacred Eucharist the center of our lives, as our Lord has commanded us to do.

In far too many parishes, we have, for all practical purposes, ignored and abandoned our Eucharistic Lord imprisoned in tabernacles behind locked doors. 

When we are in His Presence we often act irreverently and as if He were not there. Multiple surveys have concluded that few holding themselves out as being Catholics actually believe that our Lord is really and substantially present in the Eucharist.

We have lost the sense of the sacred, using our Church buildings not exclusively as places of worship, prayer and adoration but for such inappropriate activities as secular community events, pageants, slide shows of our graduating students, the viewing of secular movies, coffee cafes and socializing. 

For centuries, our Lord has been calling us “to come to Him in the Sacrament of His love.” His requests have fallen on deaf ears, hard hearts and cold souls.

Eucharistic Reflection - Heaven On Earth

"The saints in heaven live in perpetual adoration, because their joy is derived from eternal contemplation. 

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On earth, where in some manner we must imitate the life of heaven, Christian devotion has striven to make the Sacred Host the center of perpetual contemplation and adoration.

…The Sacred Host perpetually exposed on its Eucharistic throne, and, before it, day and night, loving souls in adoration and contemplation! Is this not truly heaven on earth?"

 (Father Jose Guadalupe Trevino from The Holy Eucharist)

Eucharistic Reflectrion - Whom Do You Receive?

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)
"Consider that in receiving this Divine Sacrament you have received the same body of Jesus, which was formed by the Holy Spirit from the most pure blood of Mary, which worked so many miracles, suffered so much fatigue and endured so much evil for us during His mortal life, and which is now glorious and is seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven; this same blood of Jesus, which was shed from His infancy in the Circumcision and was shed in greater abundance and unto the last drop upon the altar of the Cross; this same soul of Jesus which from the moment of the Incarnation was full of grace, of wisdom, and of virtue, which surpasses the angels and the saints in every manner of perfection, which descended into Limbo and which has been raised glorious; this same Divinity of Jesus which created Heaven and earth, and which is in the Father and the Holy Spirit…” 

(Father Jacques Nouet, S,J. - The Mystical Life of Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday Musings - From God's Perspective

It is not enough to know that God loves us. His love requires a response from us - to love Him in return. 

One way of expressing our love for Him is to spend time with Him. So few do. 

Does He not deserve the gift of our presence and adoration?

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Review of Healing Promises – The Essential Guide to the Sacred Heart by Anne Costa

In one clear and engaging volume, the author has skillfully assembled a treasure trove of information, prayers and personal witnesses to the efficacy of true Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. You will learn of its history, God’s astonishing promises to those who promote and live out this Devotion, related prayers and even a step by step directions as to how to consecrate your home and your family to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

You will be uplifted and encouraged by the many stories Anne shares of those whose lives have been forever changed.

Read this book. Ponder its pages. Do the suggested exercises and reflections.  Ask for the grace to faithfully live out this Devotion individually and within your families. Our Lord has assured us that countless blessings and graces will follow.

Be sure to thank Him for the love that flows forth from His Pierced and Sacred Heart and for using Anne Costa as His faithful messenger and guide.

Then, go [run] to your computer or local book store right now and order a copy of this life-changing book, not only for yourself but for those you love.