Saturday, October 10, 2015

Simplicity ... of words, of faith

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God. – John 1:1

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"O Lord, how clear, how precise, how strong, how powerful are Your words. Hardly are the words pronounced: 'Woman, you are cured' - and she is cured immediately. 'This is My Body' - and it is His Body. 'This is My Blood' - and it is His Blood.
Who can speak in that manner if not the One Who holds everything in His hand? Who can be trusted if not the One for Whom doing and speaking are one and the same thing?
My soul, accept these words without reservation: believe as firmly as the Lord spoke. Believe with as much humility as He shows authority and power. The Lord wants to find in your faith the same simplicity which He put in His words."

Wilhelm Bousset (+1920)

Image: by artist Giuseppe Crespi

Friday, October 9, 2015

Belonging to those waiting for the Word...

And he (Jesus- said to them, "Go into all the world
and preach the gospel to the whole creation." - Mark 16:15

Fr Spencer Howe preaching during holy Mass ~ St John the Baptist, New Brighton , MN ~ USA

"But tell me:  what would become of this world, I mean of the Christian faith, if there were no preaching?  Within a very little while our faith would have perished, for we should believe nothing of that which we now believe.  And because of this, Holy Church has ordered that every Sunday there shall be preaching, much or little, but some preaching. ...

For tell me, should you believe in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar if this had not been preached in holy sermons?  You have learned to believe in the Mass only from preaching.  More than this, how should you ever know what sin is, if not by preaching?  What would you know of hell, if there were no preaching?  What would you know of any good work or how you should perform it, if not by preaching, or what would you know of the glories of Heaven?  

All these things that you know came to you through the words heard by your ears, and it is in this wise that you come by knowledge to faith, and that which you know and which you have has come all through the Word of God.  And this is a sovereign rule:  that which we have of the faith of Jesus Christ has come merely through preaching.  And this faith will never perish while it shall be preached."

St Bernardine of Siena (+1444) 

Remembering today...
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St Denis* (and companions)
Nee ~ Italy, Martyr ~ d. 258 (approx)
Bishop of Paris, Patron of Paris

*The first name of one of the priests who offers Mass
every month (first Wednesday) for this Eucharistic Truth Himself group 
is Dennis.  Kindly pray a MEMORARE now in thanksgiving
for his vocation and generosity of serving our group.

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Legend has it:  after St Denis was beheaded, his corpse rose and 
he carried his head a few miles, preaching the entire way. 

 Our part...

"The Word of God is not brought to the ends of the world in a suitcase.  We carry it in ourselves.  We don't set it off in a corner of ourselves, arranged in our memory as if on a cupboard shelf.  We must let it go to the very core of ourselves, to the very center around which our whole being revolves.  We cannot be missionaries if we have not sincerely, generously, and warmly welcomed the Word of God, the Gospel within ourselves.  The vital dynamic of this word is to take flesh, to become flesh in us.  And when this word comes to dwell within us, we become capable of being missionaries. ...

Once we have heard God's Word, we no longer have the right not to accept it; once we have accepted it, we no longer have the right not to let it become flesh in us; once it has become flesh in us, we no longer have the right to keep it for ourselves alone.  Henceforward, we belong to all those who are waiting for the Word."

~ Servant of God, Madeleine Delbrel (20th c French mystic)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Live the Eucharist...

(Jesus said ...) "By this all men will know that you are my disciples,
if you love one another." - John 13:35


"Set the Eucharist at the center
of your personal life and community life:
love the Eucharist,
adore the Eucharist and
celebrate it ...
live the Eucharist
by testifying to God's
love for every person."

Pope Saint John Paul II
World Youth Day 2000

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Two marvelous fonts of grace...

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
October 7

LÃ¥tefossen is unique among Norwegian waterfalls: two streams coming together 
on the side of a mountain just before they merge into another river in the valley below.

"Jesus gave Himself as spiritual food 
and True Presence among us 
in the Blessed Sacrament.  In our own century at Fatima,
Mary asked the three children and us to, 
'Pray the Rosary every day.'
Here we see two marvelous fonts of grace flowing together.

When we receive Jesus in the Eucharist, we become united with Him.
Adoring His presence exposed on the altar or in the tabernacle we bask
in His warmth. Meditating on the Rosary, we recall Jesus' life, death
and resurrection and the union of His mother in the work of our salvation.

Through the Eucharist and the Rosary,
two hearts are joined in love,
and we, in love, are joined to those two hearts."

From the article, "Mirroring Divine Love," by Michael Six


More on...the FEAST of Our Lady of the Rosary

To commemorate the victory of the Christian Armada over the Turks on Oct 7, 1571, Pope Pius V introduced the Feast of Our Lady of Victory. Christian Europe had been at risk  of being conquered by the Ottoman Empire (Muslim). The year leading up to the battle had been declared the Year of the Rosary.  At the beginning of that year, each mariner of the Holy League was given a rosary and instructed to pray it daily.  The rosary also served to unite the contentious factions of the Holy League during the year of its formation and proved equally important for getting the Holy League to the battle as winning the battle. When faced with unfavorable wind at the onset of the battle, the men picked up their rosaries and began praying.  Miraculously the winds shifted and served to be a key factor in the ensuing victory. 

The Feast's name was changed in 1969 to Our Lady of the Rosary and it is now a mandatory memorial.  It is now attached to and starts Respect For Life Month.

Many complain that the Mass and Rosary are repetitious.  However, the “repetition” of the Mass and Rosary alike can work a slow but deep transformation of one's heart. One could also point out that repetition is not necessarily a sign of a lack of imagination. It may be sheer exuberant pleasure that makes us repeat an activity.  G. K. Chesterton argued that repetition is a characteristic of the vitality of children.  They like the same stories, the same words, time and time again, not because they are bored and unimaginative but because they delight in life.

Chesterton wrote:

“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead, for grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony.  It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes each daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old and our Father is younger than we. The repetition in Nature may not be a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical encore. Heaven may encore the bird who laid an egg."

Pray the Rosary.  Pray the Mass. 
Exult in the monotony. Transform your heart.
By word and example bring others close to Jesus
in the Blessed Sacrament and the Rosary!

"Love is expressed with few words,
always the same and always repeated." 
St Charles de Foucauld



"May the Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace, 
intercede for all humanity, 
so that hate and death never have the last word!"  
St John Paul II

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Holy paradise within grasp!

"The  altar reminds us of the remoteness in which He lives
"beyond the altar," as we might say, meaning divine distance
or "above the altar," meaning divine loftiness, both to be understood
of course not spatially, but spiritually." - Romano Guardini

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"Possessing this treasure of holy Mass,
hope breathes again;
and if we but throw it not away by our own mismanagement,
we have holy paradise within our grasp. 

Well may we, therefore, kiss our altars,
perfume them with incense and holy sweets;
and, what is more, honor them with the utmost reverence
and awe, since through them there cometh so much good."

St Leonard of Port Maurice 
The Hidden Treasure: Holy Mass, pg 30

Photo image:  Msgr Gilles Wach incensing altar, Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest