Friday, September 30, 2011

Like the Host... transformed!

“…if there be anyone who, by his very mode of life and vocation, seems called to a life of identification with Christ, it is certainly the priest.  Exteriorly his life is that of Jesus Christ.  Are not all his official functions, the Mass, the administration of the Sacraments, the prayers of the liturgy – the essence of a life lived in Christ’s Name? 

Every priest faithful to his vocation will readily admit this.  Then why should he not aspire to conform his interior to his exterior life?  Why not desire with all his soul to put on Jesus Christ as fully as possible, to be Christ “within,” to become, as we said before, like the Host which each morning he transforms into Jesus Christ?  Such a form of spirituality is bound to appeal strongly to him, since it sums up the whole life as a process of transformation into Christ by identification to Him.  This would seem to be the very form of spiritual life most befitting the priestly soul.”

Paul De Jaegher, SJ
One with Jesus (1929)
First American printing 1946

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Under watchful care of angels

Feast of Archangels
St Michael~St Gabriel~St Raphael
  September 29
About the artwork:  Victorious Michael flanked by Raphael and Gabriel. Michael (“Who is like God”) comes to our aid with the might of his arms and extends over us the protection of his radiant wings.  Lucifer falls headlong into the pit of his own passions.  The invisible, spiritual conflict that sets angel against angel plays itself out at the heart of our lives as well. ... At his right stands Gabriel (“God is strong”).  He comes to reveal for us the benevolent plan of God and to gather up our “Fiat”.’ At his left Raphael (“God heals”) comes to heal our vices and to take us by the hand, guiding us over the perilous passes along the steep path of salvation. ~ Comments by: Pierre-Marie Dumont

 Artist:  Marco d'Orggiono

Earth's liturgy joins us to that of the angels in heaven.  Not only do we "make their hymn of praise our own" (Today's Preface in the Mass), proclaiming that the Lord is holy, but in offering the sacrifice of bread and wine we ask God "that your angel may take this sacrifice to your altar in heaven" (Eucharistic Prayer I).  (From Magnificat Vol 13, No 7, Sept 2011)

PRAYER after COMMUNION - today's Liturgy 

Lord, hear the prayers of those you renew with the Bread of life. Made strong by the courage it gives, and under the watchful care of the angels, may we advance along the way of salvation.  We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.

St Michael, St Gabriel, and St Raphael
pray for us
and defend us in battle!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Christ liveth in us

Jueves Santo
"All these thoughts on the Eucharist make it clear to us that in this Sacrament, in which He not only gives grace to us but also gives Himself, we are led to a supreme peak of spiritual fulfillment.  This Sacrament is not given to us merely in order that we do something, but that we may be someone:  That we may be Christ. That we may be perfectly identified with Him.

Comparing the Eucharist with confirmation, St Thomas says that confirmation brings us an increase of grace in order to resist temptation, but the Eucharist does even moreit increases and perfects our spiritual life itself, in order that we may be perfected in our own being, our own personality, by our union with God...

In other words, by our union with Christ in the Eucharist we find our true selves. 

The false self, the "old man" is burned away by the fervor of charity generated by his intimate presence within our soul.  And the "new man" comes into full possession of Himself as we 'live, now not we, but Christ liveth in us.' "

Thomas Merton
The Living Bread

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Going to Jesus from Jesus

St Vincent de Paul was praying before the Eucharist one time and,
after a man told him about a poor person on the street needing help,
Vincent said:
"I am going to Jesus from Jesus."


 St Vincent de Paul
Priest, Co-Founder of Daughters of Charity
Founder - Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians)
1580-1660 ~ France
Patron - Charitable societies
FEAST DAY - September 27


  "Let us love God; but at the price of our hands
and sweat of our face." ~ St Vincent de Paul

   St Vincent de Paul, ora pro nobis!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Cure for sagging faith


"The only cure for sagging or fainting faith is Communion.  Though always Itself, perfect and complete and inviolate, the Blessed Sacrament does not operate completely and once for all in any of us. 

Like the act of Faith it must be continuous and grow by exercise.  Frequency is of the highest effect.  Seven times a week is more nourishing than seven times at intervals."     

JRR Tolkien

Sunday, September 25, 2011

God's reliquary and tabernacle

“Among the hours which are most timely for prayer,
I find none more fitting than after a servant of God
has finished receiving his most holy Body, which is
truly contained within the holy sacrament at the altar,
because then he who has received the Host
has become God’s reliquary and tabernacle.” 

St Thomas of Villanova

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Heavenly possession

"I am so glad that you are receiving Communion
more often.  It is there, my little Mama, that you will find strength.  It is so good to think that after Communion we possess all of Heaven within our soul except the vision!"

From a letter of Bl Elizabeth of the Trinity
to her mother, Aug 13, 1901
From I have Found God:  Complete Works
of Elizabeth of the Trinity : Vol 2: Letters From Carmel

Friday, September 23, 2011

No longer two, but one

“When Mass ended I remained with Jesus to render Him thanks.  My thirst and hunger do not diminish after I have received Him in the Blessed Sacrament, but rather, increase steadily. Oh, how sweet was the conversation I held with Paradise this morning. 

The Heart of Jesus and my own, if you will pardon my expression, fused.  They were no longer two hearts beating but only one. 
My heart disappeared as if it were a drop in the ocean."

St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina
Priest, Stigmatist, Mystic
Italy (1887-1968)
Patron - Eucharistic Adorers
Feast Day - Sept. 23

“If some spiritual languor comes upon us, let us run to the feet
of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and let us place ourselves
in the midst of the heavenly perfumes, and we will
undoubtedly regain our strength.”  ~ St. Padre Pio

St Padre Pio, ora pro nobis!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Family reunion

“Make every effort, therefore,
to assist every day at Holy Mass…
The choirs of the Church triumphant
and those of the Church militant
are united to our Lord in this divine action,
so that with Him, in Him, and through Him
they may ravish the Heart of God the Father
and make His mercy all our own.” 

St Francis de Sales

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Follow Me

Prayer after Communion in today’s Liturgy 

Father, in this Eucharist we have shared the joy of
salvation which Saint Matthew knew when he welcomed
your Son.  May this food renew us in Christ, who
came to call not the just but sinners to salvation
in His kingdom where He is Lord forever and ever.
St Matthew
"And he got up and followed Him" (Mt 9:9b) ...
"leaving everything behind" (Lk 5:28)
Apostle and Evangelist
"the son of Alphaeus" (Mk 2:14)
FEAST DAY - September 21
Imitate St Matthew - get up and follow Jesus.
Then invite sinners to meet Him.
"What reason can the Teacher have for eating with tax collectors
and those who disregard the law?" —Matthew 9:11
Cause heaven to rejoice (Luke 15:7).
St Matthew, ora pro nobis!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Before the Blessed Sacrament

Before the Blessed Sacrament
                        I adore You hiding behind this mask
                        this shroud of appearances wrapping the Substance
                                this cloud of wheat that cloaks the Sun
                                this veil of bread upon the Face
                                all creatures long to see.
                        I worship You waiting within this portal
                                this skylight open to shimmering Heavens
                                this doorway down to silent Depths
                                this darkened window dim and foggy
                                with the breath of Love.
                                For You gave Yourself to me in this Token
                                this Locket hung on the breast of heaven
                                this modest Medal of celestial mint
                                this poor plain Penny in the purse of God
                                that purchased a world.
Paul Thigpen           
 From Jesus We Adore You
(Servant Books) 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Eucharistic life

Terminally ill hospice resident Evelyn Breuning, 91, prepares to receive communion in her bed
at the Hospice of Saint John on August 20, 2009 in Lakewood, Colorado.
"The Eucharist sustains and transforms the whole
of daily life.  As I reminded in my first encyclical, 
'Eucharistic communion includes the reality
both of being loved and of loving others in turn,'
for which reason 'a Eucharist which does not pass
over into the concrete practice of love is
intrinsically fragmented' ("Deus Caritas Est," 14)."
Pope Benedict XVI
Homily - 9/11/11
Ancona, Italy

Sunday, September 18, 2011


O living Host,
my one and only Strength,
Fountain of love and mercy,
embrace the whole world,
fortify those who are weak!

St Faustina Kowalska
(Diary, no. 223)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Go, then, and partake


"The Bread of Life, the Bread of the angels,
is not offered only for our adoration and homage,
but was given to us as food. 
Let us go, then, and partake of this Food
to nourish and fortify our souls."

St Robert Bellarmine
 Italy ~ 1542-1621
Jesuit theologian, writer, and cardinal
Key voice and action in Counter-Reformation
Doctor of the Church
FEAST DAY - September 17

From St Robert Bellarmine's treatise On the Ascent of the Mind to God:
  "May you consider truly good whatever leads to your goal
and truly evil whatever makes you fall away from it."

Ste Robert Bellarmine, ora pro nobis!

Friday, September 16, 2011 Our Lord's Voice

"There is one God, and one Christ, and one Church,
and one chair, by our Lord's voice founded upon Peter.
To set up another altar, or to constitute another priesthood,
besides the one altar and the one priesthood, is impossible.

Whosever gathereth elsewhere scattereth.
It is adulterous, it is impious, it is sacrilegious,
whatsoever is instituted by man to the breach of God's disposition.

Get ye far from such men:
they are blind, and leaders of the blind..."

St. Cyprian
Bishop of Carthage, Martyr
Patron of North Africa
+ 258
FEAST DAY  - Sts Cornelius and Cyprian -
September 16

 “You cannot have God for your Father if you do not have the Church for your mother.... God is one and Christ is one, and his Church is one; one is the faith,
and one is the people cemented together by harmony into the strong unity of a body.... If we are the heirs of Christ, let us abide in the peace of Christ; if we are the sons of God, let us be lovers of peace.” ~ St. Cyprian, The Unity of the Catholic Church

 Sts Cornelius and Cyprian, ora pro nobis!

Thursday, September 15, 2011 Mary Most Holy

"You can call happy those who saw Him.
But, come to the altar and you will see Him,
you will touch Him, you will give Him holy kisses,
you will wash Him with your tears,
you will carry Him within you like Mary Most Holy."

St John Chrysostom

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
September 15

Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows
Adriaen Isenbrant ~ 1518-35 (O.L. Vrouwekerk, Bruges)

The Seven Sorrows of Mary:
* at the prophecy of Simeon;
* at the flight into Egypt;
* having lost the Holy Child at Jerusalem;
* meeting Jesus on His way to Calvary;
* standing at the foot of the Cross;
* Jesus being taken from the Cross;
* at the burial of Christ.

“Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, reign over the afflicted;
become their consolation through this consecrated Bread,
the gift of the Queen of Sorrows.”

Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Recognize and Receive

"Blest is the wood through which justice comes about."
Wisdom 14:7


FEAST of the
September 14

 "How splendid the cross of Christ! It brings life, not death; light, not darkness; Paradise, not its loss. It is the wood on which the Lord, like a great warrior, was wounded in hands and feet and side, but healed thereby our wounds. A tree has destroyed us, a tree now brought us life."

 ~ Theodore of Studios

"Recognize in this bread what hung on the cross, and in this chalice what flowed from His side... whatever was in many and varied ways announced beforehand in the sacrifices of the Old Testament pertains to this one sacrifice which is revealed in the New Testament.

Receive in this bread that which was hanged on the cross; receive in this cup that which was poured from Christ's side. For he will gain death, not life, who thinks Christ is a liar." ~ St Augustine

O Jesus, Jesus, I no longer feel my cross
when I think of yours!"

St. Bernadette Soubirous

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

You also know...

  While the assisting priest places the reserved Sacrament back into the tabernacle,
 the celebrant continues to genuflect at the altar.

"The wise men adored this body when it lay in the manger;...
they prostrated themselves before it in fear
and trembling. ... Now you behold the same body that
the wise men adored in the manger, lying upon the altar;
... you also know its power."

St John Chrysostom
Chrysostomos - 'golden-mouthed'
Syria ~ 347- 407
Archbishop of Constantinople
Doctor of the Church
Patron of orators
FEAST DAY ~ September 13


"The bee is honored more than other animals, not because she labors,
but because she labors for others."  ~ St John Chrysostom

St John Chrysostom, ora pro nobis!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Ave Maris Stella

"O name of Mary! Joy in the heart, honey in the mouth,
melody to the ear of Her devout clients!" ~ St. Anthony of Padua

Feast of the Most Holy Name
of the Blessed Virgin Mary
September 12

In accordance with Jewish custom our Lady's parents named her eight days after
her birth, and were inspired to call her Mary. The feast of the Holy Name of Mary
 follows that of her Birthday, as the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus follows Christmas.
Our salvation begins when an archangel speaks the name of Mary. 
To be Christian is to carry on that Annunciation unceasingly. 

 "I want what is good for myself; I beg the same for you. Now there is
no other way to bring this about than to ask the Virgin Mary constantly
to come to you with her glorious Son. Be bold! Ask her to give you her
Son, who in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar is truly food of your soul. 

Readily will she give Him to you, still more readily will He come to you,
giving you strength to make your way fearlessly through this dark wood.
In it large numbers of our enemies lie in wait, but they cannot reach us
if they see us relying on such powerful help."  ~ St. Cajetan

"This most holy, sweet and worthy name was 'eminently fitted to so holy, sweet and worthy a virgin. For Mary means a bitter sea, star of the sea,
 the illuminated or illuminatrix. Mary is interpreted Lady. Mary is a bitter
sea to the demons; to men She is the Star of the sea; to the Angels She is illuminatrix, and to all creatures She is Lady ." [St. Bonaventure +1274]

"God the Father gathered all the waters together and called them the
seas or maria [Latin, seas]. He gathered all His grace together and called
it Mary or Maria . . .This immense treasury is none other than Mary whom
the Saints call the 'treasury of the Lord.' From Her fullness all men
are made rich;" [St. Louis de Montfort +1716]


On this day dedicated to the Holy Name of Mary let us repeat that wonderful prayer of Saint Bernard, responding to Pope Benedict XVI 's invitation to “invite everyone to become a trusting child before Mary, even as the Son of God did."

Saint Bernard says, and we say with him:
'Look to the star of the sea, call upon Mary … in danger, in distress, in doubt, think of Mary, call upon Mary. May her name never be far from your lips, or far from your heart … If you follow her, you will not stray; if you pray to her, you will not despair; if you turn your thoughts to her, you will not err. If she holds you, you will not fall; if she protects you, you need not fear; if she is your guide, you will not tire; if she is gracious to you, you will surely reach your destination”'(Benedict XVI, address at Heiligenkreuz Abbey, September 9, 2007).Luciano Alimandi

 More on the Name of Mary...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Daily bread...

"Freedom is not just something with which we 
are born; but something we achieve.  America did
not just receive a perpetual endowment of freedom;
it has had to struggle and fight to preserve it. 

Freedom is not an heirloom or an antique;
it is a life that must fight against the
corrosive powers of death and nourish itself
on the Daily Bread of goodness and virtue." 

Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Remembering - September 11

Prayer of Pope Benedict XVI
from his visit to Ground Zero

 "God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:  peace in
the hearts of all men and women and peace among the nations
of the Earth.  Turn to your way of love those whose hearts
and minds are consumed with hatred.

 ...God of understanding, overwhelmed by the magnitude of this
tragedy, we seek your light and guidance as we confront such
terrible events.  Grant that those whose lives were spared may live
so that the lives lost here may not have been lost in vain.  Comfort
and console us, strengthen us in hope, and give us the wisdom and
courage to work tirelessly for a world where true peace and love
reign among nations and in the hearts of all."

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Final answer!

Someone once asked St. Bernadette Soubirous:  
"What would please you more:
to receive Holy Communion,
or to see the Madonna in the grotto?"
The little Saint thought for a minute, then answered...
"What a strange question!
The two cannot be separated.
Jesus and Mary always go together."

Friday, September 9, 2011

Nothing but Him

"To love God as He ought to be loved,
we must be detached from all temporal love.
We must love nothing but Him,
or if we love anything else,
we must love it only for His sake."
St Peter Claver
Native of Spain ~ 1581–1654
Jesuit, missionary to South America
Apostolate to Africans on slave ships,
sailors and traders 
Estimated to have baptized 300,000 +
FEAST DAY - Sept 9
Peter said of the slaves, "We must speak to them with
our hands by giving, before we try to speak to them with our lips."

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The aurora of the Eucharist

  "She is an echo of God, speaking and
repeating only God. If you say "Mary"
she says "God".  ~ St. Louis de Montfort 
Feast of the NATIVITY
September 8
This is, in fact, the day on which the Creator of the world constructed His temple;
today is the day on which a creature becomes the preferred dwelling of the Creator.
This perfect fruit from the trunk of Jesse through the branch of David became
the living tabernacle, the living ark of the new covenant. Through her our
Salvation was born into the world.  Later as Christ our Lord hung on the Cross,
He gave her to all of us and all of us to her to be mother of us all.
Hence, all creation sings with joy, exalts, and participates in the joy of this day. ...
 The Birth of the Virgin Mary - Esteban Murillo (Louvre, Paris)
"From the day of her birth we salute her as the
aurora of the Eucharist, for we know that the Savior
of mankind will take from her the substance of
that Body and Blood which He will give us in the
Adorable Sacrament of His love."
St Peter Julian Eymard
Mary, aurora of the Eucharist,
ora pro nobis!