Monday, September 1, 2014

Prodigy of God's love

on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. - I Cor 1:8


"But if we speak of the adorable Sacrament of the Eucharist, we can say that here is the prodigy of the love of a God for us; it is here that His power, grace, and goodness shine in a marvelous manner.

Here is the bread come down from heaven, the bread of Angels which is given to us to be the food of our souls; the bread of the strong to comfort and sweeten our sorrows; here is the bread of the wayfarers; it is the key which opens heaven for us; so said the Saviour: 'whosoever will receive Me will have life eternal.'

To give us this bread, Jesus multiplies miracles, inverts the order of nature and suspends its laws."

St John Vianney

LABOR DAY
American Federal Holiday
First Monday in September
 
 
"Work is not only good in the sense that it is useful or something to enjoy; it is also good as being something worthy, that is to say, something that corresponds to man's dignity, that expresses this dignity and increases it. ... Work is a good thing for man - a good thing for his humanity  - because through work man not only transforms nature, adapting it to his own needs, but he also achieves fulfillment as a human being and indeed in a sense becomes 'more a human being.'" ~ St JP II, Laborem Exercens #9

Prayer after Work  ~ composed by Fr Peter John Cameron, O.P.

Most merciful Father, thank you for this day of work with all its achievements as well as its burdens.  Thank you for all the successes, the challenges, and even the difficulties that it brought to me.  Your Son once said to His Apostles, "Come by yourselves to an out-of-the-way place and rest a little." Thank you for this gift of rest.  May this time be a chance for me to renew my gratitude for all your blessings.  In your great compassion and generosity, please be mindful of those who are out of work.  And help me to do a better job tomorrow.  I ask this through Christ our Lord.

 St Joseph, patron of the Worker, pray for us!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Christ's love compels...

For Christ's love compels us ...  II Cor 5:14a 
 
 
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.  God is love. 
Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.  In this way, love is made 
complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, 
because in this world we are like Him. 
There is no fear in love... I John 16 -18a
 
 
 
"The worship paid to the Divine Eucharist
strongly impels the soul to cultivate a 'social' love,
by which the common good is given preference
over the good of the individual."
 
Pope Paul VI
Mysterium Fidei

Saturday, August 30, 2014

"Come to my help."

Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck.
... I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched.
My eyes fail, looking for my God.  - Psalm 69: 1, 3 

 
 
"Go and find Him when your patience and strength run out
and you feel alone and helpless.  Jesus is waiting for you in the chapel. 
Say to Him, 'Jesus, you know exactly what is going on.
You are all I have, and you know all things. Come to my help.' 
 
And then go, and don’t worry about how 
you are going to manage. That you have told God about it is enough.  
He has a good memory."

 
St Jeanne Jugan
Sr Mary of the Cross
France ~ 1792 - 1879
Foundress - Little Sisters of the Poor
FEAST DAY - Aug 30
 
 
“God will help us; the work is His.” ~ St Jeanne Jugan
 
 

St Jeanne Jugan, pray for us!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Preach it!

(Jesus said) "I am the Bread of Life." - John 6:48
 
 

"The present and future tribulations
of the church and of nations
is greater than any other period.

The devotion that God gives us
for the succor of the Church and of nations
is devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.
Preach it always; preach it everywhere."

Pope Leo XIII (+1903)

Bishop Paul Etienne, Holy Thursday Mass, 2013 ~ Cheyenne, Wyoming ~ USA

 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NOTHING more!

“You have made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless
until they find their rest in You.” Augustine of Hippo, Confessions
 
 
"God in His omnipotence could not give more,
in His wisdom knew not how to give more,
in His riches had not more to give,
than the Eucharist."
 
St Augustine
Bishop, Doctor of the Church
Powerful intellect, stirring orator, prolific writer
North Africa ~ 354-430
FEAST DAY - August 28
 
 

“If you believe what you like in the gospel, and reject
what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe,
but yourself.” - St. Augustine of Hippo 

"In 397, or twelve years after his conversion, Augustine wrote his Confessions, the greatest spiritual autobiography ever written. It is the work of a teacher who explains, a philosopher who thinks, and a theologian who instructs. It is the work of a poet who achieves chaste beauty in the writing, and a mystic who pours out thanks for having found himself in peace. " - Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in St Augustine of Hippo

 
St Augustine, pray for us!