Sunday, July 23, 2017

Happy is the soul...

"The Eucharist is at the very center of our life;
such was the teaching of Jesus. ...  The Christian faith 
is faith in the Eucharistic Christ." - Jean Galot, SJ

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"Happy is the soul
that knows how to find
Jesus in the Eucharist,
and the Eucharist in all things!"

St Peter Julian Eymard

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Painting above: Grand-mere et petite fille a la campagne by Ernst Karl Georg Zimmerman (1901)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Burning with great-heartedness...

May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up
of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.  - Psalm 141:2

"St Mary Magdalene seeks the Lord, and when she find Him, she adores Him ...
Adoration takes first place.  Mary Magdalene reminds us of the need to recover
the primacy of adoration in the life of the Church and in the liturgical celebration."
- Cardinal Robert Sarah, Essay on Saint Mary Magdalene

 "Yes, I am happy, perfectly happy; 
and do you wish to know where I find true happiness?
 At the feet of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. …

I would strongly urge that, even as the Magdalene anointed
the Lord’s feet with tears and perfumed oil, you too would pour out 
the perfume of constant prayer and contemplation 
at the foot of the tabernacle.

I should like the Eucharist to become a burning flame
for your soul , so that, immersed in that flame, it might 
emerge burning with love and great-heartedness. 

I should like to see this Eucharistic altar, on which Jesus is
sacrificed, accept your offering too, so that you may become a victim
of love, whose perfume rises to the throne of the Eternal God!"

Fr Augustine Mary of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Carmelite priest  (1821 to 1871)

Photo:  St Joseph Catholic Church ~ Ogden, Utah. USA

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St Mary Magdalene
Disciple of Jesus
"Apostle to the Apostles"
Feast Day – July 22

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    “The story of Mary of Magdala reminds us all of a fundamental truth.
A disciple of Christ is one who, in the experience of human weakness,
has had the humility to ask for His help, has been healed by Him 
and has set out following closely after Him, becoming a witness
of the power of His merciful love that is stronger than sin and death.”
 Pope Benedict XVI

NEW book - Saint Mary Magdalene, Prophetess of Eucharistic Love
- Fr Sean Davidson (2017) - Ignatius Press

Painting:  Mary Magdelene ` Daniel Gerhartz  

St Mary Magdalene, pray for us!

Friday, July 21, 2017

A privilege indeed! ...

"The privilege of receiving the Holy Eucharist from the Hands of Jesus Himself was experienced by a number of saints, including St Laurence of Brindisi, a Capuchian, whose unusual talents and rare virtue were called upon by Pope Clement VIII for several unusual missions.  One of these was his chaplaincy to the Imperial army of Prague. ...

 With the Turks still menacing nearby Christian countries, the Imperial army of 18,000 men assembled to do battle with the Turks, who numbered 80,000.  Vastly outnumbered, the Christians appealed to St Laurence for advice and encouragement.  After delivering a rousing discourse, the saint, despite his mature years, mounted a horse and with the cross held high in his hands led the troops against the infidels.  The crushing defeat of the Turks was attributed by all to the prayers and inspiration of the saint. 

    It is told that on his return from the campaign he joined his brethren at Gorizia, where Our Lord appeared to them and gave them all Holy Communion with His own Hand."  

From Eucharistic Miracles
Joan Carroll Cruz

St Laurence of Brindisi
1559-1619 ~ Italy
Capuchin priest
Preached in 8 languages fluently
Doctor of the Church
FEAST DAY - July 21

"The Word of the Lord is light for the intellect and fire for the will, so that man can know and love God. For the interior man, who through grace lives from the Spirit of God, it is bread and water, but bread that is sweeter than honey and water that is better than wine and milk. ... It is a hammer against a hard heart obstinate in vices. It is a sword against the flesh, the world and the devil, to destroy every sin." ~ St Laurence of Brindisi

St Laurence of Brindisi, pray for us!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Visit...

"The [Eucharistic] Visit is the practice which guides and influences our whole life... It draws together the fruits of all other practices and brings them to fruition. 
It is the great means for living Jesus Christ.  It is the great means for putting adolescence aside and forming a personality in Christ It is the secret for our transformation in Christ. 
It is experiencing the relationship of Jesus with His Father and with humanity. 
It is the guarantee of perseverance." - Bl James Alberione

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The Eucharistic Visit

The Visit is a meeting of our soul
and of our whole being with Jesus.

It is the creature meeting the Creator;
the disciple before the Divine Master;
the patient with the Doctor of souls;
the poor one appealing to the Rich One;
the thirsty one drinking at the Font;
the weak before the Almighty;
the tempted seeking a sure Refuge;
the blind person searching for the Light;
the friend who goes to the True Friend;
the lost sheep sought by the Divine Shepherd;
the wayward heart who finds the Way;
the unenlightened one who finds Wisdom;
the bride
 who finds the Spouse of the soul;
the “nothing” who finds the All;
the afflicted who finds the Consoler;
the seeker who finds life’s meaning.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The pelican and Christ...

"Jesus Lord, kind Pelican,
Cleanse my filth with Thy Blood.
One drop of which can save
The whole world from all its sin."
St Thomas Aquinas

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"The symbolism of the mother pelican feeding her little baby pelicans is rooted in an ancient legend which preceded Christianity. The legend was that in time of famine, the mother pelican wounded herself, striking her breast with the beak to feed her young with her blood to prevent starvation. Another version of the legend was that the mother fed her dying young with her blood to revive them from death, but in turn lost her own life.

Given this tradition, one can easily see why the early Christians adapted it to symbolize our Lord, Jesus Christ. The pelican symbolizes Jesus our Redeemer who gave His life for our redemption and the atonement He made through His passion and death. We were dead to sin and have found new life through the Blood of Christ.  Moreover, Jesus continues to feed us with His body and blood in the holy Eucharist. ...

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Therefore, the image of the pelican is a strong reminder of our Lord, who suffered and died for us to give us eternal life and who nourishes us on our pilgrim way with the Holy Eucharist. May that image move us to show the same charity and self-giving love toward all."

Fr. William Saunders
"The Symbolism of the Pelican"
Arlington Catholic Herald

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Render sacrifice to God; a sacrifice of gratitude,
O you wealthy ones; according to God's mercy!
Who is wealthy and with what; with that let him barter,
Everyone with his gift; let him, the Kingdom acquire.
Whoever is wealthy with money; let him money, offer,
Whoever is rich with wheat; wheat let him distribute,
To whom wisdom is given; others, let him teach,
To him whose hands are strong; let him perform service.
Whoever knows a trade; let him honorably uphold it,
Let him conscientiously consider himself as a debtor of God.
Let him, who knows how to sing; praise God,
Only he is small, who does not know God.
Whoever received what; with that let him serve,
With mercy toward men; let him repay God,
Not all are the same, nor do all possess the same,
But a pure heart, everyone could give to God.
O pureness of heart, a sacrifice most miraculous,
For salvation, you are the crucial virtue,
And on your sacrificial altar, your incense ascends,
Arrives before the Lord, faster than anything. "

St Nicolai Vilimirovich

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Godhead Here in Hiding /Adoro Te Devote
6th stanza - Text: St Thomas Aquinas,
Translation: Gerard Manley Hopkins S.J. 

Bring the tender tale true of the Pelican;
Bathe me, Jesu Lord, in what Thy bosom ran
Blood whereof a single drop has power to win
All the world forgiveness of its world of sin.

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Up for a treasure hunt?  
Check your Parish or Chapel for a pelican. 
Teach someone the meaning!