Friday, October 30, 2020

Liberty's secret...

Freely you have received, 
freely give. - Matt 10:8


The secret lies in a total 
offering of self, withholding nothing.  
Jesus was a total oblation on the Cross. 
There wasn't a cell of His body or sentiment of His heart
that He didn't offer to the Father. 
Anything we withhold for ourselves is lost,
because we only possess what we give.

St Francis of Assisi who, because of the elevated fervor
of his devotion to the Eucharist can be considered a special guide 
on the topic, ends his wonderful discourse on the Eucharist 
with this exhortation:  "Look at God's humility, my brothers, and pour out your hearts before Him.  Humble yourselves, 
so that He who has given Himself 
wholly to you may receive you wholly."

In the Imitation of Christ, Jesus says: "Look, I offered Myself wholly to the Father for you; I also gave My whole body and blood for food, that I might be wholly yours, and you should remain mine.  But if you stand upon yourself and do not offer yourself freely to My will, the offering is not fully made, nor will union between us be complete."

What we hold back for ourselves to keep a margin of 
freedom from God pollutes all the rest. It is the little 
silk thread St John of the Cross speaks of, 
which prevents the bird from flying.

Fr Raniero Cantalamessa
The Eucharist, Our Sanctification
Fr Cantalamessa, Preacher to the Papal Household, will receive the Cardinal's hat 
at the forthcoming Consistory in Rome on November 28, along with 12 others.
Painting above:  Jose Gallegos y Arnosa


Thursday, October 29, 2020

No matter the cost...

"We are given graces to overcome our fears
and to accomplish great things in Adoration." 
 Fr John Hardon

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"I strongly recommend
that each of us make a resolution 
- no matter how much
the decision may cost us -
to make a Holy Hour...
once a week."

Fr John Hardon

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

My heart, a resting place...

 "I am a child of God through Baptism and my resemblance 
to Him has grown stronger through Holy Communion. 
May I never forget my last Communion and 
may my heart yearn for the next one." - Mother Angelica

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"Heavenly Father, when Your priest
holds up the host
and says "the Body of Christ"
let my soul bow in humble adoration
before the love and humility of Jesus.

Let my heart be
a pure resting place for Your Son.

I desire, dear Father, that the image of Jesus
grow brighter in my soul after every Communion.
At that tremendous moment God and I are one."

Mother Angelica
Foundress of EWTN and the Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration
Excerpt from The Mass is my Life

Painting: Francisco Ribalta

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Longing fulfilled...

As a deer pants for streams of water, so my soul
pants for You, O God.  My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God. ... Deep calls to deep. Psalm 42:1,2,7a
 
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"The house of my soul is narrow.
O let it be enlarged by You!
It is very ruinous;
be pleased to repair it."
 
St Augustine

Image: Bartolom√© Esteban Murillo, The Triumph of the Eucharist

Monday, October 26, 2020

Gather the children...

How precious is thy steadfast love, O God!
The children of men take refuge in the shadow of thy wings.
Psalm 36:7
 
 
"I would like the young people
to gather around the Eucharist
as the vital source which nourishes
their faith and enthusiasm.
 
Please, let's not just think about it,
but let's do this with our children without delay
and Jesus will bless your family."

Pope St John Paul II
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Gather the children - without delay  - and pray!