Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Blessed and best...

"Blessed are the ears that catch the secret whisperings of Jesus,
and pay no heed to the murmurings of this world." - Thomas A Kempis

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"All my sermons are prepared in the presence
of the Blessed Sacrament.
As recreation is most pleasant and profitable in the sun,
so homiletic creativity is best nourished before the Eucharist. 

The most brilliant ideas come from
meeting God face to face. 
The Holy Spirit that presided at the Incarnation
is the best atmosphere for illumination."

Ven Fulton J Sheen

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Putting the devil to flight...

"The priest says, 'In the name of the Father and of the Son and
of the Holy Spirit', thus declaring that he offers the sacrifice 
by the authority of the three Persons of the Blessed Trinity."- St Alphonsus

"Let the sign of the cross be continually made 
on the heart, on the mouth, on the forehead, at table, at the bath, 
in bed, coming in and going out, in joy and sadness, sitting, standing, 
speaking, walking ... in short, in all our actions. Let us make it on
our breasts and all our members, that we may be entirely covered 
with this invincible armor of Christians." - St Gaudentius

 The greeting of every Mass:

In the name of the Father and
of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

"The devil is afraid of us when we pray
and make sacrifices.  He is also afraid
when we are humble and good. 
He is especially afraid when
we love Jesus very much. 
He runs away when
we make the sign of the cross."

St Anthony the Abbott
a.k.a. - Anthony of Egypt, Anthony of the Desert,
Anthony the Anchorite
"Patriarch of Monks"
251-356 (105 y/o)
Feast Day - January 17

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St. Anthony's talents at spiritual direction were famous, and many people traveled to the desert to seek his advice.  St Athanasius, who knew Anthony and wrote his biography, said, "Anthony was not known for his writings nor for his worldly wisdom, nor for any art, but simply for his reverence toward God."

 Click here: The Thirty-Eight Sayings of St Anthony the Great

St Anthony of the Desert, pray for us!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Gravitational pull of the soul ...

 "A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt,
must empty ourselves." - St Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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"Adoration becomes seen as precisely the "gravitational pull" of the soul,
as that activity which puts man in his humanity face to face with his God. 
This stance of the creature before his Creator is the one that I think
more than ever is needed today by the people of our world who so often
have focused their attention on Man and have forgotten God who is their goal. 

It is absolutely necessary that many of us devote ourselves
to adoration; we might say it is something needed by the mystical body.   
... Deep inside the human dough there is a need for people who adore,
people so convinced of the need for what they are doing that
they deprive themselves of all activity on behalf of their human kin. 
They know that they are answering the essential part of their call
by saying again and again to God in the contemporary equivalent
of the desert... You are He Who is; we are those who are not.

Our time has need of these sacrifices offered amongst
people who know nothing of them.  There is a need for voices
crying in the desert.... We give you thanks for your great glory, 
the total oblation of ourselves."

Servant of God Madeleine Delbrel (+1964)

Image above: Praying monks (detail) - Frescoes from the Castle at Casaluce, Naples 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Preparing for the Lamb...

Priest: Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him
who takes away the sins of the world.
Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.
 Preparation for Communion prayer (Mass)

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Prayer before Communion (excerpt): St Ambrose...
Most Sweet Bread, heal my heart,
that I may taste the sweetness of Your love.
Heal it from all weakness, that I may enjoy no sweetness but You.
Most pure Bread, containing every delight
which ever refreshes us, may my heart consume You
and may my soul be filled with Your sweetness.
Holy Bread, living Bread, perfect Bread,
that has come down from heaven to give life to the world,
come into my heart and cleanse me from every stain of body and soul.
Enter into my soul; heal and cleanse me completely. 
Be the constant safeguard and salvation of my soul and body.
Guard me from the enemies who lie in wait.
May they flee from the protecting presence of Your power,
so that, armed in soul and body by You,
I may safely reach Your Kingdom.

 Tabernacle above:  Fourveire Basilica ~ Lyon, France

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Trysting-place of TRUTH...

"But the church is not a movement, but a meeting place; 
the trysting -place of all the truths in the world."
- GK Chesterton (The Thing: Why I am a Catholic)

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 "Such is the greatness  and the grandeur
of the Holy Mass.
It leads us in its mysteries
up to the very gates of heaven
at the same time,
embraces the humblest duties
and hardships of daily life."

Matthias Eberhard
quoted in
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Dogmatically, Liturgically
and Ascetically Explained by Rev Nicholas Gihr