Monday, July 16, 2018

Contemplating, listening, following...

FEAST of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel*
*Title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary,
in her role as patroness of the Carmelite Order
July 16

The Carmelites see in the Blessed Virgin Mary a perfect model of the interior life of prayer and contemplation to which Carmelites aspire, a model of virtue, as well as the person who was closest in life to Jesus Christ. She is seen as the one who points Christians most surely to Christ, saying to all what she says to the servants at the wedding at Cana, "Do whatever He [Jesus] tells you." Carmelites look to Mary as spiritually their mother and sister.


“Contemplating Mary, we will understand better
the transforming force that the Eucharist possesses.

Listening to her, we will find in the Eucharistic
mystery the courage and strength to follow Christ
the Good Shepherd and to serve Him in our brothers.”

Pope St. John Paul II
June 10, 2004

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Devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is expressed through the scapular.
“The scapular is an external sign of the filial relationship established between the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Queen of Mount Carmel, and the faithful who entrust themselves totally to her protection, who have recourse to her maternal intercession, and who are mindful of the primacy of the spiritual life and the need for prayer” (Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy, 205).

More info on scapulars and use, incl where to obtain one for yourself: 

Another site for BEAUTIFUL scapulars/rosaries
 Our Lady of Mt Carmel, pray for us
and lead us to your Son!

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Blessed Feast Day to all Carmelites
and all scapular wearers!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Quench thy thirst...

You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways
inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things
such as silver or gold, but with the Precious Blood of Christ,
like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. -I Peter 1:18-19

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Albrecht Durer ~ The Crucifixion

"He opened up for us
in His most sacred wounds
four founts:  
a fount of mercy, a fount of peace,
a fount of devotion, a fount of love
and summons all to quench their thirst there."

St Bernard of Clairvaux  

The Anima Christi dates back to the 14th century. It is a prayer inviting us to ask our Lord for comfort, strength and guidance in our pursuit of holiness. It remains widely used after receiving the precious Body and Blood of Our Lord in Holy Communion.

Soul of Christ, sanctify me 
Body of Christ, save me 
Blood of Christ, inebriate me 

Water from Christ's side, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee
From the malicious
 enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints 

and with Thy angels
Forever and ever

Saturday, July 14, 2018

"I am not my own..."

To the upright I will show
the saving power of God. - Psalm 50: 23b

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"... Kateri Tekakwitha was devoted 
to the Eucharist and to Jesus Crucified.  
At 4 am she could be seen kneeling outside 
the chapel in the snow waiting for it to open. 

She attended three Masses daily and always managed
two hours in preparation for Holy Communion
and two hours in thanksgiving; and she 
made frequent visits to the Blessed Sacrament.  
Her motto: 'Who can teach me
what is most agreeable to God so that I may do it?'" 

Louis Kaczmarek 
Excerpt from: Hidden Treasure, 
The Riches of the Eucharist


 St Kateri Tekakwitha
Daughter of Christian Algonquin mother
and non-Christian Mohawk Chief
Consecrated Virgin
"Lily of the Mohawks"
Patroness of ecology and the environment
Feast Day - July 14

"I am not my own; I have given myself to Jesus 
He must be my only love. The state of helpless poverty that may befall me if I do not 
marry does not frighten me.  All I need is a little food and a few pieces of clothing. 
With the work of my hands I shall always earn what is necessary 
and what is left over I'll give to my relatives and to the poor.  If I should become 
sick and unable to work, then I shall be like the Lord on the cross.  
He will have mercy on me and help me, I am sure."- St Kateri Tekakwitha

St Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Proper orientation...

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. 
It is right and just.

"Look up to heaven,
and do not forfeit it for earth."

St Francis de Sales

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Satanism & the Eucharist...

These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them,
because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, 
and those who are with Him are called and chosen and faithful. -  Rev 17:14