Monday, June 17, 2019

Embracing the summit...

"Let us not be satisfied with a mediocre life." - Pope Francis

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"The Eucharist is the summit of God's saving action: 
 the Lord Jesus, by becoming bread broken for us,
pours upon us all of His mercy and His love,
so as to renew our hearts, our lives,
and our way of relating with Him and with the brethren. 

It is for this reason that commonly, when we approach this Sacrament,
we speak of 'receiving Communion,' of 'taking Communion':
this means that by the power of the Holy Spirit, participation in
Holy Communion conforms us in a singular and profound way to Christ,
giving us a foretaste already now of the full communion with the Father
that characterizes the heavenly banquet, where together with all the Saints
we will have the joy of contemplating God face to face."

Pope Francis

Painting above: artist Nikolai Petrovich

Sunday, June 16, 2019

1 and 1 and 1 is One...

"The Best ideal is the true and other truth is none. 
All glory be ascribed to the holy Three in One."  
Gerard Manley Hopkins

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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
"All three in a great dynamic of love, 
are so close that they are One God." Fr. John Foley, S. J.

Trinity Sunday, officially "The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity," is one of the few feasts of the Christian Year that celebrates a reality and doctrine rather than an event or person. On Trinity Sunday we remember and honor the eternal God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Trinity Sunday is celebrated the Sunday after Pentecost, and lasts only one day, which is symbolic of the unity of the Trinity. The Eastern Churches have no tradition of Trinity Sunday, arguing that they celebrate the Trinity every Sunday. Westerners do as well, although they set aside a special feast day for the purpose.

Horae ad usum Parisiensem [Grandes Heures de Jean de Berry]. Auteur : Jacquemart de Hesdin. Enlumineur Auteur : pseudo-Jacquemart. Enlumineur Auteur : Maître de Boucicaut. Enlumineur Auteur : Maître du duc de Bedford. Enlumineur Date d'édition : 1400-1410 Type : manuscrit Langue :  Latin:

"O Trinity, eternal Trinity! Fire, abyss of love
was it necessary that You should give
 the Holy Trinity as food for souls?

You gave us not only Your Word
through the Redemption and in the Eucharist,
but You also gave Yourself
in the fullness of love for Your creature.

St Catherine of Siena

Painting above:  Holy Trinity ~ Jacquemart de Hesdin

O Sisters, if we would only comprehend the fact 
that while the Eucharistic Species remain within us, 
Jesus is there and working in us
inseparably with the Father and the Holy Spirit
and therefore the whole Holy Trinity is there."

St Mary Magdalene di Pazzi

"In the communion of grace with the Trinity, 
man's 'living area' is broadened
and raised up to the supernatural level of divine life."

Pope St John Paul II

"The Eucharistic gift assumes even more awesome proportions when we reflect 
that the Son of God present herein is ever united, intimately and indivisibly, with His co-Persons in the Trinity - His Eternal Father and their mutual Spirit of Love; which means that they, too, are mysteriously yet really with Him, and consequently with us no less.  In effect, then, the total Eucharistic mystery includes the presence of both the Father and the Holy Spirit as an inseparable concomitant.  That is, the Blessed Sacrament embraces the 
Trinitarian mystery within its compass." 

Fr Richard Foley, SJ - Excerpt from Mary and the Eucharist

All glory be to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Prayer Before Reception of Holy Communion...

"May every heart love Thee, every spirit adore Thee
and every will be subject to Thee!" - St Margaret Mary Alacoque

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Prayer Before Reception of Holy Communion

O God, charity without limit
and mercy without measure,
it is your love that causes you to come to me 
and it is my hope that brings me to receive you. 
I give you my body as a temple,
my heart as an altar and my soul as a pyx.

O Lord, Innocent Lamb,
Redeemer of mercy, noble Child, Jesus,
cover me with your mantle; give me lodging in your Heart; 
envelop me in your kingdom; cure me with your fragrance and charity;
enliven me by your death; hide me in your wounds; 
cleanse me with your blood; bind me with your love and
make me utterly pleasing, according to your Holy Heart, Lord.

Prayer from a pamphlet regarding the Mass
Ireland, circa 1960s
Hat tip:  Kim Thoraldson

Image: Mass at a Connemara cabin ~ Aloysius O' Kelly 

Friday, June 14, 2019

Reward of listening...

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My sheep listen to My voice; I know them,
and they follow Me. - John 10:27

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“If I am to answer the question, 

‘How would Christ solve modern problems 
if He were on earth today’, 

I must answer it plainly; and for those of my faith there is only one answer. Christ is on earth today; alive on a thousand altars; and He does solve people’s problems exactly as He did when He was on earth in the more ordinary sense. 

That is, He solves the problems of the limited number of people who choose of their own free will to listen to Him."

G.K. Chesterton
Anniversary of death: 14 June 1936