Monday, August 21, 2017

Most noble, most profitable, sweetest...

The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; 
yea, I have a goodly heritage.
... in thy presence there is fullness of joy... - Psalm 16: 6,11b


"The devotion to the Eucharist
is the most noble
because it has God as its object;
it is the most profitable for salvation,
because it gives us the Author of Grace;
it is the sweetest,
because the Lord is Sweetness Itself."

St Pius X
"Pope of the Eucharist"
Italy~ 1835-1914
257th Pope - 1903 to 1914
Papal motto: "To renew all things in Christ"
To his credit: Extended age of First Communion to age seven.
Advocated frequent Communion, continual Catechesis for all, 
daily Scripture reading by all. 
Reformed the liturgy, promoted clear and simple homilies,
brought Gregorian chant back, condemned the Modernist heresy.
Feast Day - August 21

 

Describing St Pius X, an historian wrote that he was
“a man of God who knew the unhappiness of the world
and the hardships of life, and in the
greatness of his heart wanted to comfort everyone.”


 St Pius X, pray for us!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The power to heal...

Of Eucharistic Adoration, Peter Kreeft wrote:
 
"Adoration will heal our Church
and thus our nation and thus our world... 
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Adoration touches everyone and everything...
[because it touches the Creator, Who touches everything and everyone]...
 
When we adore, we plug into infinite dynamism and power. 
Adoration is more powerful for construction
than nuclear bombs are for destruction."

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Be the Heart of my heart...

Prayer by St. John Eudes to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

O Heart all lovable and all loving of my Savior, be the Heart of my heart, 
the soul of my soul, the spirit of my spirit, the life of my life and the 
sole principle of all my thoughts, words and actions, of all the faculties 
of my soul, and of all my senses, both interior and exterior. Amen.

 

"Your most loving Heart, O Jesus,
dwells in this Sacrament
burning with love for us. 
It is there continually performing
thousands of good deeds towards us."


St. John Eudes
France ~ 1601-1680
Priest, gifted preacher and confessor
Encouraged devotions to twin Hearts of Jesus and Mary 
Central theme of his writings: Jesus as the source of holiness, 
Mary as the model of the Christian life.



Dedicated to counsel and defend morally endangered women, 
he founded an association of priests (Eudists) and religious - 
Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity 
(later known as Good Shepherd Sisters)
FEAST DAY - August 19



“Our wish, our object, our chief preoccupation must be to 
form Jesus in ourselves, to make His spirit, His devotion, 
 His affections, His desires and His disposition live and reign there. 
All our religious exercises should be directed to this end.
It is the work which God has given us to do unceasingly.”-

From: The Life and Reign of Jesus in Christian Souls, St. John Eudes

St John Eudes, pray for us!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Ask great things...

"Without doubt, the Lord grants all the favors
which are asked of Him in Mass,
provided they be those fitting for us..." St Jerome
 
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"Take my advice,
and in every Mass ask God to make you a great saint.
Does this seem too much? It is not too much. 
Is it not our good Master Who protests in the holy Gospel that,
for a cup of cool water given out of love of Him,
He will, in return, give paradise?
 
How, then, while offering to God
the blood of His most blessed Son,
should He not give you a hundred heavens,
were there so many?...
 
O blessed Mass!
Expand yet more and more your heart,
and ask great things of Him,
with the reflection that you ask of a God
Who does not grow poor by giving, and, therefore,
the more you petition for, the more you will obtain."
 

St Leonard of Port Maurice

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The perfect reign of love...

"The soul lives more where it loves than where it lives."
- St John of the Cross (+1591)

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"It is now night.
Tomorrow morning is approaching,
and then Jesus will possess me,
and I will possess Jesus!"

St Gemma Galgani (+1903)

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

To know, love and serve: the goal...

 6. Q. Why did God make you? 
A. God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world,
and to be happy with Him for ever in heaven. - Baltimore Catechism

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"Evangelization is Eucharistic, 
because it draws us more deeply into the life of God - 
all people, no matter who they are, 
can more deeply come to know, love, and serve Jesus Christ.

Our call 
is to help our friends deepen their love of God 
by the witness of our lives.
the proclamation of the Gospel, 
and by assistance in sharing the sacramental life. 

Bishop James D. Conley
Lincoln, Nebraska - USA

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Allegory of the Eucharist (detail) - Cooseman


Share the JOY of your sacramental life:
invite someone to Holy Mass or Adoration !

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Let us follow her... who follows Him...

In 1950, Pope Pius XII defined Mary's Assumption into heaven as a dogma of Roman Catholicism: "the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heaven." The proclamation of this dogma was made in the encyclical: Munificentissimus Deus. After entering heaven, Mary has remained active in the life of the Church.
The Solemnity of the Assumption 
of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 15

"Today, she who "belongs to Christ" by a unique, abiding, and unrepeatable privilege, the most holy Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, follows where He has gone, "through the greater and more perfect tent not made by human hands, that is, not of this creation . . . into the Holy Place" (Heb 9:11). Today the sacred and living ark of the living God, who conceived her Creator Himself,  takes up her abode in the temple of God." ~ St John Damascene

 Assumpta est Maria in caelum, gaudent angeli, laudantes benedicunt Dominum!
Mary has been taken up into heaven;
the angels rejoice and, praising, bless the Lord!

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"Above all, let us listen to Mary Most Holy, 
in whom the mystery of the Eucharist appears, 
more than in anyone else, 
as a mystery of light. 
Gazing upon Mary, we come to know 
the transforming power present in the Eucharist. 

In her we see the world renewed in love. 

Contemplating her, assumed body and soul into heaven, 
we see opening up before us those 'new heavens' and that 'new earth' 
which will appear at the second coming of Christ. Here below, 
the Eucharist represents their pledge, and in a certain way, 
their anticipation: 'Veni, Domine Iesu!'’” (Rev 22:20).

St John Paul II,  Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 62

Painting: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary  ~ Guido Reni

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"And now death came; not indeed clothed in mourning and grief, as it does to others, but adorned with light and gladness. But what do we say? Why speak of death? Let us rather say that divine love came, and cut the thread of that noble life. And as a light, before going out, gives a last and brighter flash than ever, so did this beautiful creature, on hearing her Son's invitation to follow him, wrapped in the flames of love, and in the midst of her loving sighs, give a last sigh of still more ardent love, and breathing forth her soul, expired. Thus was that great soul, that beautiful dove of the Lord, loosened from the bands of this life; thus did she enter into the glory of the blessed, where she is now seated, and will be seated, Queen of Paradise, for all eternity." - St Alphonsus de Liguori



"The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the oldest Marian Feast, returns every year in the heart of summer. It is an opportunity to rise with Mary to the heights of the spirit where one breathes the pure air of supernatural life and contemplates the most authentic beauty, the beauty of holiness. The atmosphere of today’s celebration is steeped in paschal joy. “Today”, the antiphon of the Magnificat says, “the Virgin Mary was taken up to Heaven. Rejoice, for she reigns with Christ for ever. Alleluia”. This proclamation speaks to us of an event that is utterly unique and extraordinary, yet destined to fill the heart of every human being with hope and happiness.
Mary is indeed the first fruit of the new humanity, the creature in whom the mystery of Christ – his Incarnation, death, Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven – has already fully taken effect, redeeming her from death and conveying her, body and soul, to the Kingdom of immortal life.
For this reason, as the Second Vatican Council recalls, the Virgin Mary is a sign of certain hope and comfort to us (cf. Lumen Gentium, n. 68).  Today's feast impels us to lift our gaze to Heaven; not to a heaven consisting of abstract ideas or even an imaginary heaven created by art, but the Heaven of true reality which is God Himself.  God is Heaven.  He is our destination, the destination and the eternal dwelling place from which we come and for which we are striving." 
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A 54-day national rosary novena begins
August 15 – Feast of the Assumption.


Primary Intention: “For Family and Marriage"

•    Peace, Sanctity of Human Life & Religious Freedom

Why: A Message of Hope in response to the spiritual crisis in our culture and nation and to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops call to prayer.

What: Pray the rosary for 54 days for the Novena Intentions

  • 27 days in petition from August 15 thru September 10, 2017
  • 27 days in thanksgiving from September 11 thru October 7, 2017
Where: At home, individually or with families, or in a parish community or other groups

Monday, August 14, 2017

What miracles! ...

Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, 
I lift up my soul. - Psalm 86:4

 

"You come to me and unite Yourself  intimately 
to me under the form of nourishment
Your Blood now runs in mine,
Your Soul, Incarnate God,
compenetrates mine, giving courage and support.
What miracles! 
Who would have ever imagined such!


St Maximilian Kolbe
Poland ~1894-1941
Priest, Martyr
Founder:  Militia of Immaculata
Patron: drug addicts, imprisoned people,
journalists, Pro-life movement
Feast Day - August 14

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“When the conquest for the Immaculate of the whole world and of every single soul now living or to live until the end of the world, and through Her for the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is completed, ... then souls will love the Sacred Heart as they have never as yet loved Him, because like Her they will have been immersed as never before in the mystery of love: the Cross, the Eucharist. Through Her the love of God will inflame the world, will set it on fire, and will effect the ‘assumption’ of souls,... the divinization of the entire world.” ~ St. Maximilian Kolbe

St Maximilian, pray for us!




 More on St Maximilian (From Saint of the Day - www.americancatholic.org)

I don’t know what’s going to become of you!” How many parents have said that? Maximilian Mary Kolbe’s reaction was, “I prayed very hard to Our Lady to tell me what would happen to me. She appeared, holding in her hands two crowns, one white, one red. She asked if I would like to have them—one was for purity, the other for martyrdom. I said, ‘I choose both.’ She smiled and disappeared.” After that he was not the same.

He entered the minor seminary of the Conventual Franciscans in Lvív (then Poland, now Ukraine), near his birthplace, and at 16 became a novice. Though he later achieved doctorates in philosophy and theology, he was deeply interested in science, even drawing plans for rocket ships.

Ordained at 24, he saw religious indifference as the deadliest poison of the day. His mission was to combat it. He had already founded the Militia of the Immaculata, whose aim was to fight evil with the witness of the good life, prayer, work and suffering. He dreamed of and then founded Knight of the Immaculata, a religious magazine under Mary’s protection to preach the Good News to all nations. For the work of publication he established a “City of the Immaculata”—Niepokalanow—which housed 700 of his Franciscan brothers. He later founded one in NagasakiJapan. Both the Militia and the magazine ultimately reached the one-million mark in members and  subscribers. His love of God was daily filtered through devotion to Mary.

In 1939 the Nazi panzers overran Poland with deadly speed. Niepokalanow was severely bombed. Kolbe and his friars were arrested, then released in less than three months, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

In 1941 he was arrested again. The Nazis’ purpose was to liquidate the select ones, the leaders. The end came quickly, in Auschwitz three months later, after terrible beatings and humiliations. A prisoner had escaped. The commandant announced that 10 men would die. He relished walking along the ranks. “This one. That one.” As they were being marched away to the starvation bunkers, Number 16670 dared to step from the line. “I would like to take that man’s place. He has a wife and children.” “Who are you?” “A priest.” No name, no mention of fame. Silence.

The commandant, dumbfounded, perhaps with a fleeting thought of history, kicked Sergeant Francis Gajowniczek out of line and ordered Father Kolbe to go with the nine. In the “block of death” they were ordered to strip naked and the slow starvation began in darkness. But there was no screaming—the prisoners sang. By the eve of the Assumption four were left alive. The jailer came to finish Kolbe off as he sat in a corner praying. He lifted his fleshless arm to receive the bite of the  hypodermic needle. It was filled with carbolic acid. They burned his body with all the others. He was beatified in 1971 and canonized in 1982.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

On all sides, His presence...

"I pray because the need flows out of me
all the time, waking and sleeping. 
It doesn't change God, it changes me." - CS Lewis

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"For my part, I know that all the great moments of my day
are found in the incomparable hours that I spend on my knees
in darkness before the Most Blessed Sacrament
of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I am, so to speak, swallowed up in God
and surrounded on all sides by His presence.
I would like to belong now to God alone
and to plunge into the purity of His love.
And yet, I can tell how poor I am,
how far from loving the Lord as He loved me
to the point of giving Himself up for me."

Robert Cardinal Sarah
The Power of Silence
Against the Dictatorship of Noise
Article 54 (pg 46)
... a MUST READ


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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Remaining still , full of faith...

Be still before the LORD and
wait patiently for him: do not fret... - Psalm 37:7


"We should go to prayer with deep humility 
and an awareness of our nothingness.
We must invoke the help of the Holy Spirit 
and that of our good angel, 
and then remain still in God's presence,
full of faith that He is more in us 
than we are in ourselves."

St. Jane Frances de Chantal
France ~ 1572-1641
Widow of the Baron of Chantal, mother of seven
 Founded the Order of the Visitation Sisters 
with St. Francis de Sales - 1610
Motto of Visitation Sisters:  Live Jesus!
“Eagerness to ‘Live Jesus!’ will enable us to exercise
holy love in all things, great or small.” - St Jane de C
Honored by the Church for the holiness of her youth,
of her married life, of her widowhood, and of her religious life
Feast Day - August 12

“Hold your eyes on God and leave the doing to Him. 
That is all the doing you have to worry about.” ~ St Jane de Chantal
St Jane de Chantal, pray for us!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Toward Thy holy mountain...

"Totally love Him, Who gave Himself, 
totally for your love.” - St Clare

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“I come, O Lord, unto Thy sanctuary 
to see the life and food of my soul. 
As I hope in Thee, O Lord, inspire me with that
confidence which brings me to Thy holy mountain. 

Permit me, Divine Jesus,
to come closer to Thee, 
that my whole soul may do homage
to the greatness of Thy majesty;
thamy heart, with its tenderest affections,
may acknowledge Thine infinite love;
that my memory may dwell on the admirable mysteries
here renewed every day, and
that the sacrifice of my whole being 
may accompany Thine.”


St Clare of Assisi 
Italy ~ 1194-1253
Name"Clare" means transparent life
Foundress of Poor Clare Sisters
Incorrupt
Feast Day – August 11

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"They say that we are too poor, but can a heart which
possesses the infinite God be truly called poor?" St Clare
St Clare, pray for us!