Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The GOAL...

 "Our entire existence, our whole being must shout the Gospel from
the rooftops. Our entire person must breathe Jesus, all our actions.
Our whole life must cry out that we belong to Jesus, reflect a Gospel
way of living. Our whole being must be a living proclamation,
a reflection of Jesus." Bl Charles de Foucauld

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"The goal of every human life should be
the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament."

Bl. Charles de Foucauld
Priest, Martyr ~ 1858-1916
nee France ~ Missionary in the Sahara of Algeria
Inspiration and writings led to the founding
of the Little Brothers of Jesus congregation
Feast Day – December 1


Charles returned to the Faith, after living an immoral life.  Regarding his conversion, Charles said,

"The moment I realized that God existed, I knew I could not do otherwise than to live for Him alone.  …My religious vocation dates from the same moment as my faith:  God is so great.  There is such a difference between God and everything that is not."

Bl Charles de Foucauld, pray for us!

Monday, November 30, 2015

At once... let us follow

   "Come after Me, and I will make you fishers of men." 
At once they (Simon Peter and Andrew) left their nets
and followed Him.  ~ Matt 4: 19 (Today's Gospel)

Jesus Calling Peter and Andrew, Basilica S. Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna, Italy

 Invite someone to Mass or Adoration this Advent Season.

Today's Liturgy: Preface II of the Apostles - Eucharistic Prayers

For You have built Your Church 
to stand firm on apostolic foundations,
to be a lasting sign of Your holiness on earth 
and offer all humanity Your heavenly teaching. 

Therefore, now and for ages unending,
with all the host of Angels,
we sing to You with all our hearts, 
crying out as we acclaim: Holy, Holy, Holy ...

St Andrew
Apostle, Priest, Martyr
Younger brother of St Peter
Patron:  Greece, Russia, Scotland, fishermen
 Name "Andrew" (Greek: manly, brave)
Feast day  - November 30

St Andrew, pray for us!


Christmas Anticipation Prayer

Beginning on St. Andrew's Feast Day, November 30, the following prayer is traditionally recited fifteen times a day until Christmas. This is a beautifully meditative prayer that helps us increase our awareness of the real focus of Christmas and helps us prepare ourselves spiritually for His coming

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, [here mention your request] through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother.  Amen.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

First Sunday of Advent: Renewing HOPE

 First Sunday of Advent
Renewing the HOPE

In Advent, Christians relive a dual impulse of the spirit:  on the one hand, they raise their eyes towards the final destination of their pilgrimage through history, which is the glorious return of the Lord Jesus; on the other, remembering with emotion His birth in Bethlehem, they kneel before the Crib. The hope of Christians is turned to the future but remains firmly rooted in an event of the past. In the fullness of time, the Son of God was born of the Virgin Mary:  "Born of a woman, born under the law", as the Apostle Paul writes (Gal 4: 4). - Pope Benedict XVI, 27 November 2005

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Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength...
Luke 21: 36 (Today's Gospel) 

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The Last Supper Mosaic. c1880.  Photo credit: Moorina, Melbourne trip 2009

"Jesus, … 
the Eucharist is the sacramental testimony of Your first coming, with which the words of the prophets were reconfirmed and expectations were fulfilled.  You have left us, O Lord, Your Body and Blood under the species of bread and wine that they may bear witness to the fact that the world has been redeemed  - that through them Your paschal mystery may reach all men as the Sacrament of life and salvation.  

The Eucharist is at the same time  a constant announcement of Your second coming and the sign of the definitive Advent and also of the expectation of the whole Church. 

When we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim Your death, Lord Jesus, until You come in glory. 

Every day and every hour we wish to adore You, stripped under the species of bread and wine, to renew the hope of the call to glory.  Amen."

St John Paul II
 Quoted in Jesus, We Adore You
Paul Thigpen

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Advent season resources
"Prepare your hearts to receive Jesus the Savior." - Pope Francis

Saints.SQPN.com: Learn more about the saints of Advent, 
including the Blessed Virgin Mary (Dec. 8 and 12), St. 
John the 
Baptist, St. Nicholas (Dec. 6), St. Juan Diego (Dec. 9), and 
St. Lucy (Dec. 13).


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Approaching... plainly, simply...

 ...and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to His voice, 
and hold fast to Him.  For the LORD is your life... - Deut 30:20

"Whenever I go to the chapel, I put myself 
in the presence of our good Lord, and I say to Him, 
‘Lord, I am here. 
Tell me what you would have me to do’ ...
If He gives me a task, I am content and I thank Him. If He gives me nothing, I still thank Him since I do not deserve to receive anything more than that.

And then I tell God everything that is in my heart.  
I tell Him about my pains and my joys, 
and then I listen.  
If you listen, God will also speak to you, for with the good Lord, 
you have to both speak and listen.  
God always speaks to you when you 
approach Him plainly and simply."

St Catherine Labouré
France~ 1806 -1876
Daughters of Charity nun (Nursing order)
Marian Visionary
Incorrupt body 
(Motherhouse of Dgtrs of Charity: 140 Rue du Bac, Paris)
Feast Day - November 28

In her second apparition, on November 27, 1830, Our Lady revealed her desire for the Miraculous Medal.  Over the course of the apparitions, which always occurred near the Blessed Sacrament, Our Mother gave St Catherine this message, as if giving a remedy, for the world:  “Come to the foot of the altar.  Here graces will be showered on all, great and little, who ask for them.  Graces will especially be showered upon those who ask for them.”

More about St Catherine and the Miraculous Medal -

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

In the quiet of the heart ...

 "It seems to me that I have found my heaven on earth, because
my heaven is you, my God, and you are in my soul. 
You in me, and I in you - may this be my motto." - St Elizabeth of the Trinity

"When one has just received communion,
of what use are the words of men
when it is God who is speaking?
We must listen
to what the good Lord says to our heart."

St. John Vianney

Photo image: La Purisima Concepcion Catholic School students pray during Mass (Los Angeles, California, 2011)