Monday, January 26, 2015

His look rests upon you...

"What happiness do we not feel in the presence of God, when we find ourselves alone at His feet, before the holy tabernacle! …
‘Come, my soul, redouble your ardor!
You are here alone to adore your God!
His look rests on you alone!’

Ah! if we only had the angels' eyes!  Seeing our Lord Jesus Christ here, on that altar, and looking at us, how we should love Him! We should want to stay always at His feet; it would be a foretaste of heaven; everything else would become insipid to us."

St John Vianney

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Simplest truth, pure reality

From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing
after another.  For the law was given through Moses;
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. - John 1: 16-17
Stained glass:  Waltham Abbey ~England

"This is my Body" ~ "This is my Blood"; under no circumstance may the is in these holiest of sentences be interpreted as "means" or "is a symbol of" my Body and Blood.  If ever the Lord's admonition, "Let your speech be, 'Yes, yes';'No,no'; and whatever is beyond these comes from the evil one" (Matthew 5:37) was deeply urgent, it is here.

    It is not only wrong but sacrilegious to tamper with these words.  What they express is simplest truth, and what takes place pure realityHe who speaks is neither a great nor the greatest religious personality of the millennia, but the Son of God.

    His words are no expression of mystical profundity, but a command of Him who has all earthly and heavenly power.  They have no equivalent in human speech, for they are words of Omnipotence.  We can compare them only with other words of the Lord, when "He arose and rebuked the wind and the sea, and there came a great calm" (Matthew 8:26); or, to the leper: "I will, be thou made clean" (Matthew 8:3); or to Jairus' dead child, "Girl, arise!" (Luke 8:54).  Their real equivalent is the Father's "Be!" (light made) from which creation itself emerged (Genesis 1:3).

Romano Guardini 
Meditations Before Mass (Sophia Press, 1993)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Beautiful, pure and good - you!

"During the course of the day, recall as often as possible that you are in God's presence. Consider what God does and what you are doing.  You will see His eyes turned toward you and constantly fixed on you with incomparable love." - St Francis de Sales

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"As mountain hares become white in winter
because they neither see nor eat anything but snow,

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so by adoring and feeding on beauty, purity
and goodness itself in the Eucharist you will
become altogether beautiful, pure, and good."

St Francis de Sales
Bishop and Doctor of the Church
France ~ 1567-1622
Author of Introduction to the Devout Life
and A Treatise on the Love of God
Co-Founder of Sisters of the Visitation
Patron of authors, writers, deaf persons
a.k.a. the "Gentleman Saint"
(due to his patience and gentleness)
FEAST DAY - January 24

"After having conferred Holy Orders on a pious young man, St Francis de Sales noticed that the newly ordained priest hesitated before a door as if to let someone pass before him.  'Why do you pause?' asked the saint.  'God favors me with the sight of my guardian angel, ' replied the priest.  'Before I was ordained to the holy priesthood, my angel always remained at my right and preceded me.  Now he walks at the left and refuses to go before me.' 

Such is the great veneration which the angelic spirits show even God's ministers because of their reverence for the Blessed Sacrament.' ~ From The Guardian Angels:  Our Heavenly Companions

St Francis de Sales, pray for us!

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Look of Love

Of the Blessed Sacrament Saint Bernard has written:
"The divine is hidden; the human is hidden;
love alone is left for all to see."
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"To participate in the Mass here and now is not a matter of looking down or looking around, but of looking up - it's a taste of what awaits us, through the grace and mercy of God, for all eternity.  

True worship, like true love, doesn't mean looking into each other's eyes; it means looking together, in love, at the One who is Love all the way through."
 George Weigel 
Letters to a Young Catholic (2004)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

May kindness and truth meet

Day of Penance* for Violations
to the Dignity of the Human Person
*In all the dioceses of the United States of America, January 22
(or January 23, when the 22nd falls on a Sunday) shall be
observed as a particular day of penance for violations to the
dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion,
and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the
right to life.
--- General Instruction of the Roman Missal (U.S.), 2003, n. 373
Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven. - Ps 85:10,11
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Federico Barocci ~ Ultima Cena - The Last Supper
“Devotion to the Eucharist leads one to a devotion to life
and a devotion to life leads one to the Eucharist….
We receive our strength for our labors for life from the
Good News of Jesus Christ and from the Holy Eucharist.
This is the food that nourishes us for the tasks at hand….
The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith
and respect for life is our faith's first precept.”
Justin Cardinal Rigali
3 October 2004 

"In the Bread which came down from heaven, the family will 
be able to find the support that will keep it united in the face 
of today's threats and will preserve it as a bastion of life, 
steadfast against the culture of death." - St John Paul II

"If people spent one hour per week in Eucharistic Adoration,
abortion would be ended."~ Blessed Teresa of Calcutta