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

Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday Musings - Making Pain Sweet and Bearable

Most of us would prefer to avoid pain of any type - physical, emotional, mental or spiritual.

But pain, suffering and tribulations are part and parcel of the human condition and an integral part of God's plan of salvation.

St. Gregory reminds us that God "grants us a greater mercy when He gives us the strength to bear sufferings and tribulations than when He takes them from us".

So as difficult and unwanted as suffering may be, may God grant us the grace to heed St. Pio's advice and embrace it as Jesus did His Cross:

Sunday, September 25, 2016

That We May Have Eyes to See and a Heart to Respond

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)
In today’s Gospel we are reminded of the form God’s justice will take – each of us will be held accountable for the things we have done and that we have failed to do, the manner in which we have loved others or failed to do so. It really is that simple.

Stop acting like others are there to serve us; serve others first. There are Lazarus’ all around us - most of the time we either don’t see them or consciously chose to ignore them. 

If we don’t open our eyes and lend a helping hand now, we will be in the same plight as the rich man in today’s Gospel. When we know the truth and fail to act on it, we condemn ourselves to eternal punishment. Is it time to change the way we live?

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)

(Photo©Michael Seagriff)
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


(Photo©Michael Seagriff)
“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:

(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

“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.