Sunday, August 2, 2015

JOY to my youth!

Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my
exceeding joy; and I will praise thee with the lyre,
O God, my God.  - Psalm 43:4


"Now, His return to us on our altars at Mass, at Communion, is not simply that we might worship, but that the need we have of sweetness in religion might be amply supplied.  We must approach His presence, gather about Him, for the refreshment of our lives, to break down the hideous monotony  of our work, to add the brightness of love to the gray streets and grayer skies. 

Not holiness alone, but the beauty of holiness, is required to bind our hearts, our whole souls to God.  The child, who, with his wistful trust, demands protection, asks for something more than strong defense; he needs also the warm welcome of love. 

And insofar are we all children, we need the gentleness and mercy of God to be made manifest, or else we shall be too frightened to go on.  If religion is to mean much to me, I must approach the altar of the sweetness of God, who gives joy to my youth." 
 
Fr Bede Jarrett, O.P.
Classic Catholic Meditations

IMAGE: Eucharist in Fruit Wreathe ~ Jan Davidsz De Heem

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Setting hearts ablaze!

"All holiness and perfection of soul lies in 
our love for Jesus Christ our God, who is 
our Redeemer and our supreme good." - St Alphonsus Ligouri

 
The Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist is like a Consuming Fire (2003) Elizabeth Wang

 "To cast fire upon the earth—
that is my mission!
And how I wish it were already blazing fiercely!
Nothing in the world can set hearts ablaze with love
for God like the Blessed Sacrament.
That is why this Divine Bread
has been pictured as a furnace of love."

 St Alphonsus Ligouri
Italy ~ 1696 - 1787
Lawyer before ordination as priest (age 30)
Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Founder of Redemptorist order
Prolific writer and gifted in the fine arts
FEAST DAY - August 1

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"I love Jesus Christ and that is why I am on fire
with the desire to give Him souls, first of all my own, and then  
an incalculable number of others." ~ St Alphonsus Ligouri

Someone once remarked, after a sermon by Alphonsus,"It is a pleasure 
to listen to your sermons; you forget yourself and preach Jesus Christ."

(7 mins, including blessing from Redemptorist Provincial at end of video)

St Alphonsus Ligouri, pray for us!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Grace upon grace

“He who goes about to reform the world must begin with himself,
or he loses his labor.” - St Ignatius of Loyola

 
If we confess our sins, He who is upright can be depended upon to forgive sins, 
and to cleanse us from every wrong. - I John 1:9

"Of the gifts of grace which
the soul receives in the Eucharist,
one must be counted among the highest;
the Eucharist does not allow the soul
to remain long in sin
or to persist in it obstinately."

St. Ignatius of Loyola
Spain ~ 1491-1556
Priest, Founder of Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius - Classic - a MUST READ! 
Jesuit motto:  Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (A.M.D.G.)
"For the greater glory of God"
FEAST DAY - July 31



"Some of us would be surprised if they knew what God
could make of them if, in the decisive moments of their lives,
they gave ear to the voice of grace!"  - St Ignatius of Loyola

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Jesus is...

 And behold I am with you all through the days that are coming,
until the consummation of the world. - Matthew 28:20

 
PHOTO CREDIT: Debbie Scalise

“He is the Bread sown in the virgin,
leavened in the flesh,
molded in His passion,
baked in the furnace of the sepulchre,
placed in the churches,
and set upon the altars,
which daily supplies 
Heavenly Food to the faithful."
 
St Peter Chrysologus
Archbishop, Doctor of the Church
Adult convert
Italy - c. 380-450
"Golden-worded"
FEAST DAY - July 30

 

"Anyone who wishes to frolic with the devil

 cannot rejoice with Christ." ~ St Peter Chrysologus   

(2 mins)
St Peter Chrysologus, pray for us!

Saint Peter Chrysologus is the Doctor of Homilies. His words helped to defeat the attack on Christ's humanity. No doctor said so much in his homilies in fewer words. To hear his sermons after nearly 1500 years is a blessing, each and every time.

Peter was a stalwart witness to the faith. He had a short life but it was long and full of accomplishments. He was the archbishop of RavennaItaly, as a young priest and he expended his energies neutralizing the last forces of paganism of his day.

Chrysologus means "The Golden-Worded".  His prayer when he spoke (from Sermon 96):
  May our God deign to give me the grace of speaking and you the desire of hearing.  To really benefit fruitfully from any conversation or homily, one's heart and mind must be open to receive the communication.

Peter was filled with all the gifts and fruits of the Spirit but even his best efforts to impart his wisdom and knowledge would not benefit anyone unless his listeners were truly docile to grace through their hearts and attentive with their eyes and minds, both exteriorly and interiorly. Our souls have eyes and powerful perceptions that are drawn to God's message when we are open, sincere and desire to learn.

Homilies can be like sweet music to the ear and joy to the heart. The homily during the Catholic Mass is a vital part of the Liturgy of the Word. It follows the reading of the gospel and is the explanation and elaboration on the celebration of the Word. This part of the liturgical service, offered immediately before the celebration of the Liturgy of the Eucharist, prepares its members to fully enter into the worship of God. It also prepares us to be empowered and enlighten to fully partake of the holy meal. Each liturgical celebration of the Mass is an extension of the "Last Supper" that the Lord shared with His dear friends. He changed Himself during this meal into precious food that fortifies us and enables us to proceed on our spiritual journey. More importantly, this meal strengthens us and enables us by transforming us into Himself. That's right! Imagine being changed into another Christ? When this happens we'll be able to do and say what Christ would do or say Himself. Is that possible? Believe it! It's Catholic theology. (http://www.doctorsofthecatholicchurch.com)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Holy echo...

 

"The words of Martha, I know that he will rise
again in the resurrection at the last day’ (John 11:24),
echo in our souls as we pray and grieve
for our beloved dead…

In what better place could we pray for the dead
than before the Eucharist, where we can
experience Our Blessed Savior Present?”

S. Tassone


St Martha
Bethany
Sister to Mary and Lazarus,
Friend of Jesus
Patroness of servants, innkeepers,
homemakers and cooks
FEAST DAY - July 29 


Jesus entered a village, where a woman named Martha
welcomed him into her home. - Luke 10:38

 

In St Martha's footsteps...
Dorothy Day said: "If everyone were holy and handsome, it would be easy to see Christ in everyone. But it was not Christ's way for Himself.
Ask honestly what you would do when a beggar asked at your house for food. Would you give it on an old cracked plate, thinking that was good enough? Do you think that Martha and Mary thought that the old and chipped dish was good enough for their guest? It is not a duty to help Christ -- it is a privilege."

St Martha, pray for us!

St Martha, say a prayer for me ... To help my heart decide ...
The task I ought to undertake ... With confidence and pride ...
Preserve me from all jealousy ... And help me persevere ...
With love for every neighbor and ... For our Lord Jesus dear. 
 (Composed by James J Metcalfe - Poem Portraits of the Saints - 1956)