Friday, March 24, 2017

Encountering Jesus... his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy: 
I will sing and make music to the LORD.
...Your face, LORD, will I seek. - Psalm 27:6b, 8b

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“Dear brothers and sisters,
Now let us remember the two phrases: 
every encounter with Jesus changes our life and 
every encounter with Jesus fills us with joy. 
Should we say them together?
Every encounter with Jesus changes our life;
 every encounter with Jesus fills us with   joy. 
This is true.”
Pope Francis
Excerpt: 03/23/14, Angelus 
St Peter’s Square, Roma 

Remembering ...

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Traditional Feast of St Gabriel the Archangel,
patron of telecommunications and diplomats
March 24

A day in history:  March 24, 2011
Adoration Chapel, Cathedral of St Paul (Minnesota)
Inspiration Day
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

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!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Clinic is OPEN...

"The Eucharist is the medicine of immortality, and the antidote
to prevent us from dying, but which causes that
we should live forever in Jesus Christ."- St Ignatius of Antioch

Dom Pius Parsch in The Church's Year of Grace invites us to look courageously into the Lord's Face and say: "Thou art my Physician. Cut away, cauterize, work Thy healing art on me . . . only make me well for everlasting life." He presents the Church as a sanatorium for sin-sick souls. 

"Before leaving the world our Saviour established a clinic, the Church, whose main task was to heal sick souls. The Church is a great spiritual sanatorium. All the practices and ordinances of the Church have as their ultimate purpose to heal men and keep them healthy. Think of the sacraments: baptism, penance, extreme unction. Think in particular of the medicinal power of the Holy Eucharist. Yes, the twofold purpose of the Eucharist is to nourish and to heal. Nourishment to build divine life, medicine to overcome the diseases ravaging the soul.

To our great detriment we have practically forgotten the latter significance of the Eucharist. We keep believing that Communion is only for saints, a reward for virtue. The time of Mass is the heavenly Physician's normal office hours. . .

We have a Healer who wishes to heal our infirmities; we have a clinic providing all the means needed to restore our health; we have a medicine which infallibly produces its effect if we use it as prescribed."

Monday, March 20, 2017

+ Ite ad Joseph! + Go to Joseph! +

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

Solemnity of St Joseph 
+ Patron of the Universal Church +
+Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary +
+ Protector of the Divine Infant and Mary +
March 19*
*celebrated March 20 in 2017 since March 19 fell on a Sunday

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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
 Click here: St Joseph: A Hidden Life from "Who Cares About The Saints?"Fr. James Martin, S.J. - YouTube  (7 mins)