Friday, February 15, 2019

Wise counsel, wise living...

"God is more honored by a single Mass than He could be by all the actions 
of angels and men together, however fervent and heroic they might be. 
 ... If we only knew the treasure we hold in our hands!"
- St Claude de la Colombiere


"If you are sinful, repent
so that you can Communicate often.
If you are imperfect,
go often to Communion
that you may amend your faults."

StClaude de la Colombiere
Jesuit priest ~ France ~ 1641 - 1682 
Eloquent speaker and writer
Exemplary life of holiness
Spiritual Director of St Margaret Mary Alacoque
Motto: "Trust in God"
Feast Day - Feb 15

"It is in vain that Your enemy and mine (the devil) sets new traps 
for me all the time.  He can make me lose everything, except
my hope in Your mercy.  Had I fallen a hundred times, and my
crimes were a hundred times more horrible than they are,
I would still hope in You." -  St. Claude de la Colombiere

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins 
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. - I John 1:9

"The happiness of the person whose will is entirely submitted to God's
is constant, unchangeable and endless. No fear comes to disturb it
for no accident can destroy it."- St. Claude de la Colombiere

  St Claude de la Colombiere, pray for us!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Greatest love story...

“All that we do is a means to an end, but love is an end in itself,
because God is love." - St Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein)

"The greatest love story
of all time
is contained
in a small white host."

Ven Fulton J Sheen

Sts Cyril and Methodius
9th century
Byzantine Greek brothers
Bishops, missionaries
"Apostles to the Slavs"
Translated Liturgy into Slavic language
using an alphabet devised by Cyril
FEAST DAY - February 14 

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These are holy men who became friends of God,
glorious heralds of divine truth.  (Today's Entrance Antiphon)

Sts Cyril and Methodius, pray for us!

Also remembering...

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St. Valentine of Rome (c. 270) was a priest in Rome during the reign of Emporer Claudius II. Not much is known about his life with certainty, but according to legend he gave aid to martyrs imprisoned for their faith, and it was for this work, along with his own Christian beliefs, that he was arrested. One account has it that the emperor banned all marriages and engagements in Rome believing this was the reason Roman men were unwilling to serve in the army. Valentine defied this unjust decree and continued to perform marriages for lovers in secret. He was arrested, and while in prison he restored sight to the jailer's blind daughter, causing the jailer and his entire extended family, all 46 of them, to immediately convert to Christianity. Upon hearing this, Emperor Claudius II ordered his execution. St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine." He was beheaded on February 14th. St, Valentine is the patron saint of bee keepers, betrothed and engaged couples, lovers, love, happy marriages, and young people. His feast day is February 14th.

St Valentine, pray for us!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Letting go of distractions in Adoration...

The LORD gives strength to His people;
the LORD blesses His people with peace.  - Psalm 29:11

“Anytime you come into the Eucharistic presence of the Lord 
and find that you are distracted and anxious about situations in your life, you can begin your prayer time with a litany of mercy as a way of letting go of all these thoughts.

How?  Let me suggest a method that has helped me. Simply begin asking the Holy Spirit 
to pray in youand then respond to each of the distractions and anxieties – from whatever source – with short prayers such as: ‘Jesus, mercy’ or ‘Jesus, I trust in You.’

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Imagine that each of the distractions, anxieties, fears, or hurts is a slide-show.  Project one ‘slide’ at a time on the wall and pray your response, and then move on to the next ‘slide.’ 
You will be surprised when suddenly 
you have run through all your slides 
and are at peace in the presence of the Lord.”

Fr George W Kosicki, CSB