Saturday, May 19, 2018

The authentic life...

"Indeed, if the first word of Christ's teaching, 
the first phrase of the Gospel Good News, was
"Repent, and believe in the gospel" (Metanoeite),
the sacrament of the passion, cross and resurrection seems to
strengthen and consolidate in an altogether way this call on our souls.  

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The Eucharist and Penance thus become in a sense
two closely connected dimensions of authentic life
in accordance with the spirit of the Gospel, of truly Christian life. 

The Christ who calls to the Eucharistic banquet
is always the same Christ who exhorts us to penance
and repeats His "Repent."   Redemptor Hominis 20 

Saint John Paul II

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"Never fear that your past faults and infidelities 
will prevent you reaching the degree of union 
that God intends for you; 
in an instant He can repair all that."

Dom Columba Marmion

Friday, May 18, 2018

Personal relationship? ...

"Let us believe in His Love." - St Peter Julian Eymard

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"When Catholics are asked,
'Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?'
they should answer a resounding YES!

There is no closer union with Jesus
than when you receive Him in the Eucharist.

You too can say with St Paul,
'... and the life I now live is not my own

Rev Msgr Richard L Carroll, V.F.

Be ready to jump for JOY with this one:

(Use wide screen)  

Thursday, May 17, 2018

A matter of sight...

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.
For what is seen is temporary, 
but what is unseen is eternal. - II Cor 4:18


"God is as really present
in the consecrated Host
as He is in the glory of Heaven."

St Pascal Baylon
Spain ~ Franciscan brother
Shepherd in youth 
1540 (Pentecost Sunday) - 1592 (Pentecost Sunday)
His parents named him Pascal in honor of Pentecost.
Exemplary devotion to the Eucharist
Patron of Eucharistic Congresses/Societies
Patron of Shepherds 
The "Seraph of the Eucharist"
Feast Day - May 17

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As St Pascal lay dead in his casket,
he opened and closed his eyes twice 
when the sacred species was elevated at the Consecration.

St. Paschal Baylon - YouTube (2 mins) Apostleship of Prayer

St Pascal, pray for us!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The invisible, visible...

"The eyes of the world see no further than this life, 
but the eyes of the Christian 
see deep into eternity." - St John Vianney

“When we come to a knowledge of truth 
it calls forth a response.    
I am reminded of a story I heard about a man who became a priest in his early fifties because he came in contact with something that changed his life.  While at this writing I can’t verify the story, I learned he was a research scientist at NASA, working with a camera that could gauge and measure on the screen the aura of light around a human body.  I believe it is Kirlian photography.  NASA’s interest was in being able to identify and monitor the aura of the astronauts in orbit, to determine what is happening to them internally.  What they found was that dying people have a very thin aura, like blue light, which gets weaker and weaker until the people die. 

The scientist and an associate were in a hospital apparently behind a two way mirror monitoring the aura of a dying man.  As they watched, another man came into the room and filled the room with light, which emanated from his pocket.  The man reached into his pocket and did something that caused the camera to be so filled with light that they were unable to see what was happening.  They ran into the room only to discover the man giving Communion to the dying man. 

They raced back to the camera and observed that as the dying man received Communion his aura began to grow stronger. The scientist knew, at that point, that there was a higher power; there was someone to be reckoned with, someone for whom he had to live his life.  He left his job and became a Catholic priest.

Once we acknowledge something, once we see something deeply, it carries with it a responsibility and accountability.  'When much has been given a man, much will be required of him…'  Luke 12:48."

Fr Robert de Grandis, SSJ
Excerpt from Healing Through the Mass (pgs 84-85)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Content with grace...

The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, 
untouched by trouble. - Prov 19:23 

"Realize above all that you are in God's presence.
Empty yourself completely and sit waiting,
content with the grace of God,
like a chick that tastes nothing and eats nothing
except what its mother gives it." 

St. Romuald
Founder Camaldolese Order


St Isidore the Farmer
Spain ~ 1070 - 1130
Patron of farmers
Feast Day - May 15
His wife is also a canonized Saint -
St Maria (Torribia) de la Cabeza


Isidore attended Holy Mass every morning which caused him to come to work late. Late, though he was, his plowing was nevertheless accomplished by angels that resulted in three times more productivity. His co-workers and his boss witnessed such miraculous events and showed him great respect. He often spent holidays on pilgrimage to local shrines. 

He died May 15, 1130, and was declared a saint in 1622 with Ignatius of Loyola, Francis Xavier, Teresa of Avila and Philip Neri. Together, the group is known in Spain as “the five saints.”

St Isidore, pray for us!