Saturday, December 16, 2017

For is us too, Christ rests...

“God looked over the world for an empty heart – a heart that 
was empty like a flute on which He could pipe a tune ... 
and the emptiest heart He could find was the heart of a lady.  
Since there was no self there, He filled it with His Very Self.” 
- Caryll Houselander, The Reed of God (1944)

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"In Advent Christ rested in Mary 
still, silent, helpless, utterly dependent. 
The Creator trusted Himself to His creature.

...This was a foreshadowing 
of what the Incarnation would mean for us;
for is us too, Christ rests as He rested in Mary

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From the moment 
when the Christ life is conceived in us,  
our life is intended for one thing
the expression of His love, 
His love for God and for the world.

... We must allow the Christ life 
to grow in us in rest. 
Our whole being must fold upon Christ's rest in us, 
as the earth folds upon the seed."

Caryll Houselander, The Passion of the Infant Christ
(London: Sheed and Ward, 1949)

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Friday, December 15, 2017

The sight of Faith...

"How does Joseph exercise his role as protector? Discreetly, humbly 
and silently, but with an unfailing presence and utter fidelity,
even when he finds it hard to understand." - Pope Francis

"Words cannot express the perfection of his adoration. 
If Saint John leaped in the womb at the approach of Mary, 
what feelings must have coursed through Joseph during those six months 
when he had at his side and under his very eyes the hidden God! 

If the father of Origin used to kiss his child during the night and adore the 
Holy Spirit living within Him, can we doubt that Joseph must often 
have adored Jesus hidden in the pure tabernacle of Mary?

How fervent that adoration must have been: 
My Lord and my God, behold your servant! 
No one can describe the adoration of this noble soul. 
He saw nothing, yet he believed; 
his faith had to pierce the virginal veil of Mary.

So likewise with you! 
Under the veil of the Sacred Species your faith must see our Lord. 
Ask St. Joseph for his lively, constant faith."

St. Peter Julian Eymard

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The heavens and the earth drink there...

 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd;
He will lead them to springs of living water. - Rev 7:17

"That eternal Spring is hidden
    yet I know well where it flows...
   I know that there can be
   nothing else so beautiful
   and that the heavens and the earth drink there...

   I know well that its bottom cannot be found
   and that no one can penetrate its depths...
   Its clarity is never muddied,
   and I know that every light has come from it...
   Well do I know how vast, how mighty is the flow
   of the stream born in this Fount...

     This eternal Spring is hidden
    in this living Bread to give us life...
    It is here calling to creatures
    and from its water they quench their thirst...
    This living Fount that I long for
    I see in this Bread of Life..."

St John of the Cross
Doctor (mystical theology) of the Church
Spain ~ 1542 - 1591
Carmelite priest and reformer
Co-founder Discalced Carmelites
w/St Teresa of Ávila
FEAST DAY - Dec 14

Worship of the Lamb of God – Central detail Ghent altarpiece ~ Flemish VanEyck brothers (1432)


"Where there is no love, pour love in --
and you will draw love out."- St John of the Cross

“In the evening of life, we will be judged 
on love alone.” St John of the Cross

 St John of the Cross, pray for us!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Temples of the Holy Spirit...

    (Jesus) said, "I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me 
will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." - John 8:12

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 First Communion ~Alfred Guillou

 "Those whose hearts are pure are
temples of the Holy Spirit."

St Lucy (Santa Lucia)
In Italian, Lucia means "light"
Virgin, Martyr
Sicily ~ 283-304
Patron of blindness and eye problems
Feast Day - December 13

 Sentenced to be defiled in a brothel, Lucy asserted:

"No one's body is polluted so as to endanger the soul if it has not pleased the mind. If you were to lift my hand to your idol and so make me offer against my will, I would still be guiltless in the sight of the true God, who judges according to the will and knows all things. If now, against my will, you cause me to be polluted, a twofold purity will be gloriously imputed to me. You cannot bend my will to your purpose; whatever you do to my body, that cannot happen to me."
St Lucy, pray for us!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

No worries! ...

“Holy and Immaculate Virgin, to you, the honor of our people and caring guardian of our city, we turn with confidence and love. Awaken in us all a renewed desire for holiness: in our words shine forth the splendor of truth, in our works resound the hymn of charity, in our body and in our hearts dwell purity and chastity, in our life may the beauty of the Gospel always be present.”  - Pope Francis, 12/09/13, Basilica of Mary Major, Roma

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Patroness of the Americas
December 12


Am I not here, I, who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do you need anything more? Let nothing else worry you, disturb you.”

These were the words of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St Juan Diego when she appeared to him in 1531. They are still relevant today as Archbishop (now Cardinal) Burke reminds us in a homily he gave at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe that he helped establish in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Some insights...

“…our late and most beloved Pope (Saint) John Paul II placed the mission of the Church in America, at the beginning of the Third Christian Millennium, under the protection of the Virgin of Guadalupe and commended her to us as the Star to lead us to Christ and, in Christ, to the conversion of our personal lives and the transformation of our world.” ...
(Cardinal) Burke calls this apparition “the mystery of the Visitation as it was experienced on our continent in 1531. The woman clothed with the sun, bearing the Infant Savior, the Anointed, in her womb, appeared to Saint Juan Diego, from December 9 to 12, 1531, in order that a chapel be built in which she might manifest the all-generous and never-failing merciful love of God for us, incarnate in her womb and alive for us in the Church, above all, in the Sacrament of the Real Presence, the Holy Eucharist.”

 “…she has desired to remain with us always, in order that the mystery of the Visitation might be always new for us. She has miraculously left her living image on the tilma or mantle of St Juan Diego. In the magnificent basilica built to her honor, in which the tilma of St Juan Diego is enthroned, the Mother of God continues to visit pilgrims and to announce to them the great mystery of God’s all-loving and never-failing mercy.” ...
“… in 1531, she inspired her sons and daughters to abandon the horror of human sacrifice and to respect the inviolable dignity of every man, both the Native American and the European, so now she inspires us to be tireless disciples of the Gospel of Life, working to end the horror of procured abortion and so-called “mercy-killing,” and to promote the respect for the dignity of every human life from the moment of inception to the moment of natural death.”

  Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas,
Star of the New Evangelization
and Tireless Champion for life, pray for us!

MUST READ:  Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Conquest of Darkness Warren H Carroll

Download beautiful prayer cards in English and Spanish  
featuring our Lady of Guadalupe as patroness of the Americas
and asking for her intercession for the cause of religious liberty.

"O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life: Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy. Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of life with honesty and love to the people of our time." -St John Paul II