Friday, November 28, 2014

Approaching God: plainly and simply

 ...and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him.  For the LORD is your life... - Deut 30:20


"Whenever I go to the chapel, I put myself in the presence of our good Lord, and I say to Him, ‘Lord, I am here.  Tell me what you would have me to do’ ...

... And then, I tell God everything that is in my heart.  I tell Him about my pains and my joys, and then I listen.  If you listen, God will also speak to you, for with the good Lord, you have to both speak and listen.  God always speaks to you when you approach Him plainly and simply."


St Catherine Labouré
France~ 1806 -1876
Daughters of Charity nun (Nursing order)
Marian Visionary
Incorrupt body (Motherhouse of Dgtrs of Charity: 140 Rue du Bac, Paris)
Feast Day - November 28


In her second apparition, on November 27, 1830, Our Lady revealed her desire for the Miraculous Medal.  Over the course of the apparitions, which always occurred near the Blessed Sacrament, Our Mother gave St Catherine this message, as if giving a remedy, for the world:  “Come to the foot of the altar.  Here graces will be showered on all, great and little, who ask for them.  Graces will especially be showered upon those who ask for them.”

 
 

More about St Catherine and the Miraculous Medal -
and to obtain a free medal (USA and Canada only )

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Day blessings to ALL!

Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more - a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse
may be Thy praise.  ~ George Herbert

 

  Sing and make music to the Lord in your hearts, 
always thanking God the Father for all things in the name 
of our Lord Jesus Christ.Eph 5:19-20 (Today's Entrance Antiphon)



"We give You thanks, O Lord our God,
for the Communion of Your
holy, pure, and heavenly Mysteries,
which You have given
for the good, the hallowing
and the healing of souls and bodies."

St. Basil the Great

 


Gratitude ... goes beyond the "mine" and "thine" and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy. ~ Henri J. M. Nouwen

  Consider a gift of gratitude to our Lord through a
daily HOLY HOUR and/or HOLY MASS
during the upcoming season of ADVENT!

"God has two dwelling places:
One in heaven and the other
in a grateful heart."  ~ Izaak Walton

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hunger and thirst: satisfied!

 
 
"How sweet is the moment in which poor humanity, wearied and afflicted, may remain alone, with Jesus alone, in the Sacrament of Love; for there the Lord, with His flaming heart open, calls unto all, 'You that are burdened and heavy laden, come unto Me and I will refresh you.' Happy are those hearts that know how to satisfy the unquenchable hunger and thirst in this heavenly banquet!" 

 Fr. M.J. Corcoran, O.S.A.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

True Bread of my soul

"He is always with you.  Be always with Him." 
- Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity

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"I acknowledge and confess that I kneel before that sacred Humanity, which was conceived in Mary's womb, and lay in Mary's bosom; which grew up to man's estate, and by the Sea of Galilee called the Twelve, wrought miracles, and spoke words of wisdom and peace; which in due season hung on the cross, lay in the tomb, rose from the dead, and now reigns in heaven. 

I praise, bless, and give myself wholly to Him, who is the true Bread of my soul, and my everlasting joy."

Bl John Henry Cardinal Newman

Monday, November 24, 2014

Renewed by the One Bread

Blessed are those who suffer persecution for the sake of justice;
the kingdom of heaven is theirs. - Matthew 5:10

 

Today’s Liturgy:  Prayer after Communion

Renewed by the one Bread
as we commemorate the holy Martyrs,
we humbly beseech you, O Lord,
that abiding as one in Your love,
we may merit by endurance an eternal prize.
Through Christ our Lord.


St Andrew Dũng-Lạc (priest) and Companions
117 Martyrs (btwn 1820-1862)* ~ Vietnam
The group consisted of 96 Vietnamese, 11 Spaniards, and 10 French:
8 Bishops, 50 priests, 59 lay Catholics, incl a 9 y/o
Feast Day – November 24

 

"In the midst of these torments, which usually terrify others, I am, by the grace of God, full of joy and gladness, because I am not alone - Christ is with me.  Our Master bears the whole weight of the cross, leaving me only the tiniest, last bit." ~ St Paul Le-Bao-Tinh, Martyr, 1843


St Andrew Dung-Lac and companions, pray for us!