Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Imploring His graces...

 "Blessed may you be, my Lord Jesus Christ. For our salvation
you allowed your side and heart to be pierced with a lance
and from that side water and your precious blood flowed out
abundantly for our redemption. - St. Bridget of Sweden
 
Artist: Peter Paul Rubens

"Oh Jesus! Sweetness of hearts,
delight of the spirit,
by the bitterness of the vinegar and gall which
Thou didst taste on the Cross of Love for us,
grant us the grace to receive worthily
Thy Precious Body and Blood during our life
and at the hour of our death,
that they may serve as a remedy
and consolation for our souls.  Amen.”


St Bridget (Birgitta) of Sweden
Wife, Widow, Religious, Foundress
Mystic and Visionary
1303-1373
Patroness: Sweden.  Co-patroness: Europe
Mother of eight, including St Catherine of Sweden
Founded religious order, Brigittines*
*distinctive skull cap over veil
FEAST DAY – July 23

 

 "Lord, show me the way and make me ready to follow it."
 ~ St. Bridget of Sweden



 
St Bridget of Sweden, pray for us!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Seeking the Beloved...

 "I will seek Him Whom my heart loves." - Song of Songs 3:2

 
"Yes, I am happy, perfectly happy; and do you wish to know where I find true happiness? At the feet of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. …

I would strongly urge that, even as the Magdalene anointed the Lord’s feet with tears and perfumed oil,
you too would pour out the perfume of constant prayer and contemplation at the foot of the tabernacle. I should like the Eucharist to become a burning flame for your soul, so that, immersed in that flame, it might emerge burning with love and great-heartedness.

I should like to see this Eucharistic altar, on which Jesus is sacrificed, accept your offering too, so that you may become a victim of love, whose perfume rises to the throne of the Eternal God!"


 Fr Augustine Mary of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Carmelite priest (1821-1871) 


Remembering...  
St Mary Magdalene
Disciple of Jesus
"Apostle to the Apostles"
Feast Day – July 22

 
Artist:  Daniel Gerhartz (1965)
   
“The story of Mary of Magdala reminds us all of a fundamental truth. A disciple of Christ is one who, in the experience of human weakness, has had the humility to ask for His help, has been healed by Him and has set out following closely after Him, becoming a witness of the power of His merciful love that is stronger than sin and death.” – Pope Benedict XVI



St Mary Magdalene, pray for us!

Monday, July 21, 2014

A privilege indeed!

"The privilege of receiving the Holy Eucharist from the Hands of Jesus Himself was experienced by a number of saints, including St Laurence of Brindisi, a Capuchian, whose unusual talents and rare virtue were called upon by Pope Clement VIII for several unusual missions.  One of these was his chaplaincy to the Imperial army of Prague. ...

 
 With the Turks still menacing nearby Christian countries, the Imperial army of 18,000 men assembled to do battle with the Turks, who numbered 80,000.  Vastly outnumbered, the Christians appealed to St Laurence for advice and encouragement.  After delivering a rousing discourse, the saint, despite his mature years, mounted a horse and with the cross held high in his hands led the troops against the infidels.  The crushing defeat of the Turks was attributed by all to the prayers and inspiration of the saint. 

    It is told that on his return from the campaign he joined his brethren at Gorizia, where Our Lord appeared to them and gave them all Holy Communion with His own Hand."  

From Eucharistic Miracles
Joan Carroll Cruz
 

St Laurence of Brindisi
Capuchin priest
Preached in 8 languages fluently
1559-1619 ~ Italy
Doctor of the Church
FEAST DAY - July 21
 
 
"The Word of the Lord is light for the intellect and fire for the will, so that man can know and love God. For the interior man, who through grace lives from the Spirit of God, it is bread and water, but bread that is sweeter than honey and water that is better than wine and milk. ... It is a hammer against a hard heart obstinate in vices. It is a sword against the flesh, the world and the devil, to destroy every sin." ~ St Laurence of Brindisi


St Laurence of Brindisi, pray for us!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Love suffers no intermediate agents

 "For whom is Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament?
For me; because He loves me!" - St. Peter Julian Eymard

 
"When a friend desires to prove to his friend that he loves him, he tells him so, and he presses his hand affectionately. When Our Lord wants to show His love for us, He does so in person, discarding the intervention of any third person, whether angelic or human.


Love suffers no intermediate agents. He remains in the Holy Eucharist that He may repeat to us incessantly: I love you! You must see that I love you!'"
St. Peter Julian Eymard
 
 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

His Blood:only remedy

In Him we have redemption through His blood,
the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace,
which He lavished upon us - Eph. 1:7-8

 

“Sometimes we are blind and do not see.
The precious Blood of Christ is the only remedy
which can open, not only our eyes,
but also our heart, and make our soul
understand the immensity of God’s goodness.”

St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi