Friday, March 6, 2015

A home all holy...

 
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A Child’s Wish

I wish I were the little key
That locks Love’s Captive in,
And lets Him out to go and free
A sinful heart from sin.

I wish I were the little bell
That tinkles for the Host
When God comes down each day to dwell
With hearts He loves the most.

I wish I were the chalice fair
That holds the Blood of Love,
When every flash lights holy prayer
Upon its way above.

I wish I were the little flower
So near the Host’s sweet face,
Or like the light that half an hour
Burned on the shrine of grace.

I wish I were the altar where
As on His mother’s breast
Christ nestles, like a child, fore’er
In Eucharistic rest.

But oh, my God, I wish the most
That my poor heart may be
A home all holy for each Host
That comes in love to me.

Abram J Ryan
1839-1886

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Satisfying His thirst...

 “Grant that my soul may hunger after Thee, the Bread of Angels,
the Refreshment of holy souls,
our daily and super substantial Bread.” - St. Bonaventure

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"As Lent is the time for greater love,
listen to Jesus' thirst...
'Repent and Believe' Jesus tells us. 
What are we to repent?  Our indifference, our hardness of heart. 
What are we to believe?
Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the poor --
He knows our weakness.  He wants only your love,
wants only the chance to love you."

Bl Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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O Lord, who hast mercy upon all, take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me the fire of Thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone, and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore Thee, a heart to delight in Thee,
to follow and enjoy Thee, for Christ's sake. Amen. - St Ambrose of Milan (+397)

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bringing heaven home...

"The Holy Eucharist is the Sun of the earth, the Life of the world, 
and true Paradise on earth for all who believe." - Bl Luigi Guanella 
 
 
"Our whole life gets caught up in the Mass and becomes our participation in the Mass.  As heaven descends to earth, we lift up our earth to meet it halfway.  That's the splendor of the ordinary:  the workaday world becomes our Mass.  That's how we bring about the Kingdom of God.  When we begin to see that heaven awaits us in the Mass, we begin already to bring our home to heaven.  And we begin already to bring heaven home with us.  ...

    We were made as creatures on earth, but we were made for heaven, and nothing less.  We were made in time like Adam and Eve, yet not to remain in an earthly paradise, but to be taken up into the eternal life of God Himself. 

    Now, heaven has been unveiled for us with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Now is the Communion God has created us for.  Now, heaven touches earth and awaits you.  Jesus Christ Himself says to you:  "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me' (Rev 3:20). The door opens now on the marriage supper of the Lamb."  

Dr Scott Hahn
From The Lamb's Supper: 
The Mass as Heaven on Earth (1999) 
  

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Consuming zeal for souls

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor,
serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction,
faithful in prayer. - Romans 12:11-12
 
 
The Good Shepherd ~ Artist: Minerva Teichert
 
 
 “The offspring of this intensity of love
for our Eucharistic Lord
should be a consuming zeal
for the gathering of souls
into the fold of Christ.”
 
 
St Katharine Drexel
American ~ 1858 - 1955
Foundress - Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament
aka 'the anti-Margaret Sanger'
FEAST DAY - March 3
 
 

“And here is the passive way – to be filled unto the fullness of God. The passive way – I abandon myself to it, not in a multiplicity of trials, extraordinary penances accomplished, practices of great works – but in peaceful abandonment to the tenderness of Jesus, which I must try to imitate, and by being in constant union with His meek and humble heart."  - St Katharine Drexel

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St Katharine Drexel, pray for us!

Monday, March 2, 2015

No more a captive!

“When you look at the Crucifix, you understand how much 
Jesus loved you then.  When you look at the Sacred Host you understand 
how much Jesus loves you now.”- Bl Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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"When you see It exposed, say to yourself: Thanks to this Body, I am no longer dust and ashes, I am no more a captive but a freeman: hence I hope to obtain heaven and the good things that are there in store for me... eternal life, the heritage of the angels, companionship with Christ; death has not destroyed this Body which was pierced by nails and scourged, . . . this is that Body which was once covered with blood, pierced by a lance, from which issued saving fountains upon the world, one of blood and the other of water. . . This Body He gave to us to keep and eat, as a mark of His intense love."

St John Chrysostom
reflecting on the Body of Christ

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We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee,
because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.