Friday, March 23, 2018

To be content always...

But you are a shield around me, O LORD; 
you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. - Psalm 3:3

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"The only One necessary to have
to be content
is to have our Lord."

 St Turibius de Mogrovejo
Nee Spain ~ 1538 - 1606
Layman to ordained Archbishop of Lima! (see YouTube below)
Started First Seminary in the Americas
Patron: Peru, Latin Am. Bishops, Native Rights
Feast Day - March 23
IMAGE above:  At Prayer ~ F Schurig, circa 1890

When Turibius undertook the reform of the clergy as well as unjust officials, he naturally suffered opposition. Some tried, in human fashion, to explain God's law in such a way as to sanction their accustomed way of life.  He answered them in the words of Tertullian, "Christ said, 'I am the truth'; he did not say, 'I am the custom.'"

St Turibius, pray for us!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Bearing Christ - fully! ...

O God, you are my God,
earnestly I seek you...  Psalm 63:1


 "Bear Christ in heart, mind, and will.
Bear Him in your mind by His teaching.
Bear Him in your will by your observance of the Law.
Bear Him in your heart by the Holy Eucharist."

Pope Pius XII

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Same Body broken, same Blood flowed...

“Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the 
Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking.” – St Irenaeus

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"The Mass is that which makes the cross visible 
to every eye; it placards the Cross at all the crossroads 
of civilization; it brings Calvary so close that even tired feet can make 
the journey to its sweet embrace; every hand may now reach out 
to touch its Sacred Burden, and every ear may hear its sweet appeal, 
for the Mass and the Cross are the same.
In both there is the same offering 
of a perfectly surrendered will of the beloved Son, the same Body broken,
 the same Blood flowed forth, the same Divine Forgiveness.
All that has been said and done and acted 
during Holy Mass is to be taken away with us, lived, practiced, 
and woven into all the circumstances and conditions of our daily lives."

Venerable Fulton J Sheen
Calvary and the Mass: The Ite, Missa Est

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Bringing our hearts to His...

Though I sit in darkness,
the LORD will be my light. - Micah 7:8b

“Our lives must be woven around the Eucharist...
fix your eyes on Him Who is the light;
bring your hearts close to His Divine Heart;
ask Him to grant you the grace of knowing Him,
the love of loving Him, the courage to serve Him.
Seek Him fervently.”

St Mother Teresa of Calcutta
(Quote chosen to honor St Photina)

St Photina
Samaritan Woman at the Well
Convert, Evangelizer of the Faith, Martyr
Name meaning“resplendent” or “shining with light”
Historical FEAST DAY - March 20


By the well of Jacob, O holy one, /
thou didst find the Water /
of eternal and blessed life; /
and having partaken /
thereof, O wise Photina, /
thou wentest forth proclaiming Christ, the Anointed One.

(Megalynarion for St. Photina, according to the Byzantine usage)

 St Photina, pray for us -
that we may have zeal for the faith!

A Day in history...
Nineteen years ago today I joyfully reconciled with the Catholic Church 
and in so doing enabled to fully partake of the Holy Eucharistthe Sacrament 
of Charity and Unity. Let us join in the holy endeavor of praying 
and living lives that speak of the power and love of our Eucharistic Lord - 
to come to know, love and serve Him more and more - 
and to draw many to the inexhaustible riches of His Sacred Heart. 

“I will not rest until I find the whole world devoted to the Blessed Sacrament!” Bl. Didacus Joseph of Cadiz.  Amen. ~ Janette +JMJ+

Monday, March 19, 2018

+ Ite ad Joseph! + Go to Joseph! + ...

 Solemnity of St Joseph
+ Patron of the Universal Church +
+ Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary +
+ Protector of the Divine Infant and Mary +
March 19

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that by Saint Joseph's intercession
your Church may constantly watch over the unfolding of the mysteries of 
human salvation, whose beginnings you entrusted to his faithful care.
Collect ~Today's Liturgy

 "The same divine hand which fashions each man's heart
gave a father's heart to Joseph and a son's heart to Jesus, so that Jesus obeyed Joseph
and Joseph did not fear to command Jesus.  It was because Christ's true Father
had chosen Joseph to act as father to His Son in this world.  And in so doing God had,
as it were, charged Joseph's breast with some ray or spark of His own 
boundless love for His Son.  It was that that aroused a father's love in Joseph; 
so much so that, feeling a father's heart burn within him, 
Joseph also felt that God was telling him to use a father's authority." -  Bossuet

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"Saint Joseph believed unhesitatingly in the mystery
of the Incarnation, in the fruitful virginity and in the divine maternity of Mary.
He believed without seeing the miracles that were to fill Judea 
with his glory and renown of his holy name.
We too should recognize Jesus in the frail Host 
that is offered to us at the altar. Here He is even smaller than
at Bethlehem, more hidden than in Saint Joseph's workshop.
Still it is He, 'I believe all the Son of God has spoken,
than Truth's own word there is no truer token.'"

  Bishop Pierre-Anastase Pichenot

“He [St. Joseph] nourished with the greatest solicitude
Him whom the faithful were one day to receive
as the Bread of Life on their homeward journey.”   Pope Pius IX  

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"Saint Joseph  joined with Mary in adoration and 
united himself to Christ, Whose heart surged with sentiments of adoration, love
and praise for the Father and of charity for men. St. Joseph’s adoration kept pace
with every stage of our Lord’s life, drawing upon the grace, the spirit,
and the virtue of each mystery.
In the Incarnation he adored the self-annihilation of the Son of God;
at Bethlehem, the poverty; at Nazareth, the silence, the apparent weakness,
the obedience, and all the other virtues of Christ.…

Because his faith was so strong, Joseph’s mind
and heart bowed in perfect adoration. Imitate his faith as you kneel
before the  humble Christ annihilated in the Eucharist. 
Pierce the veil which covers this furnace of love and adore the hidden God. ”

St Peter Julian Eymard

"To other Saints our Lord has given power to help in one sort
of need, but this glorious saint, as I know by experience,
helps us in every need." St Teresa of Avila
 St Joseph, pray for us!

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"When Egypt was laid waste by the great famine,
Pharaoh told his people,
Ite ad Joseph! - Go to Joseph! (Genesis 41:55)
So if we are in trouble, let us listen to the word of the Lord
and take Pharaoh's advice;
let us go to Joseph if we wish to be consoled." 
St Alphonsus de Ligouri