Sunday, October 2, 2022

Words of sacrifice, words of love...

Respect Life Sunday
Initiated 1972
Observed on 1st Sunday in October

 “In the Eucharist
we see the meaning of love
and receive the power to live it.
The very same words, furthermore, that the Lord
uses to teach us the meaning of love are also used
by those who promote abortion: ‘This is my body.’
These four little words are spoken
from opposite ends of the universe,
with totally opposite results.
Christ gives His body away so others might live;
abortion supporters cling to their own bodies 
so others might die.

Christ says ‘This is My Body given up for you;
This is My Blood shed for you.’
These are the words of sacrifice; 
these are the words of love.”
Alfonso Cardinal Lopez-Trujillo
President, Pontifical Council for the Family

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Prayer of the heart...

 "Don't drag yourself any longer to His feet.
Follow that first impulse that draws you into His arms.  
That is where your place is." - St Thérèse of Lisieux

"Frequently, only silence 
can express my prayer. 
However, this Divine Guest of the tabernacle understands all,
even the silence of a child's soul filled with gratitude. 
When I am before the tabernacle,
I can say only one thing to Our Lord:
'My God, you know that I love you'
and I feel my prayer does not tire Jesus."

St Thérèse of Lisieux
aka The Little Flower of Jesus 
and St Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face 
France ~ 1873-1897 
Carmelite Nun 
The Story of a Soul (autobiographical) - a MUST READ! 
Co-Patron of the Missions (w/St Francis Xavier) 
Co-Patron of France (w/St Joan of Arc) 
Doctor of the Church 
Pope St Pius X called her 
"the greatest saint of modern times"
Feast Day - October 1

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"The only thing I really wish for to love until I die of love." - St. Thérèse

"I will spend my heaven doing good on earth.
I will let fall a shower of roses." - St. Thérèse

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Seven Sisters roses - Rosa multiflora f. platyphylla

St Thérèse of Lisieux, pray for us!

Friday, September 30, 2022

He provides, we trust...

 "Catch, then, O catch the transient hour; 
Improve each moment as it flies!" - St Jerome

"If Christ did not want to dismiss the Jews
without food in the desert for fear
that they would collapse on the way,
it was to teach us that it is
dangerous to try to get to heaven
without the Bread of Heaven." - St Jerome 


St Jerome
c. 331- 420
Early Church Father, Doctor of the Church
Brilliant and thorough scholar and writer 
Translated Scripture into Latin (Vulgate
Consultant to Popes and Bishops
Feast Day - September 30

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Bartolomeo Cavarozzi ~ St Jerome

 "Ignorance of Scripture 
is ignorance of Christ." - St Jerome

"Be at peace with your own soul, 
then heaven and earth 
will be at peace with you." - St Jerome

Click here: St. Jerome - YouTube (2 mins)
10 Witty quotes from Saint Jerome
Top 9 quotes of ST. JEROME

St Jerome, pray for us!

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Guardians of power and love...

  Feast of Archangels
St Michael~St Gabriel~St Raphael
September 29

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"O, angelic spirits, 
who guard our tabernacles, wherein lies 
the adorable treasure of the Holy Eucharist,
defend it from profanation 
and preserve it for our love."

St Josemaria Escriva 

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"Michael and his Angels battled against the dragon...
Satan, the seducer of the whole world, was driven out."
Revelation 12:7, 9

The Three Archangels and Tobias, Francesco Botticini, 1470

A Sermon of Pope Saint Gregory 
From the Third Nocturne of Matins of the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel

We speak of nine orders of Angels, because we know, by the testimony of Holy Scripture, that there are the following: Angels, Archangels, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Dominations, Thrones, Cherubim and Seraphim. It must be realized that "Angel" is the name of their office, not of their nature. For the holy Spirits of the heavenly homeland are always Spirits, but they cannot always be called Angels; they are Angels only when they are announcing something. Those who announce less important things are called Angels, and those who announce the highest things are called Archangels. And so not any Angel but the Archangel Gabriel was sent to Mary; for this ministry, it was fitting to have the highest Angel, since he was to announce the greatest news of all. These Archangels are also given special names to describe their particular virtue. For Michael means "Who is like to God?" Gabriel means "Strength of God," and Raphael "Medicine of God."
Whenever something is to be done needing great power, Michael is sent forth so that from his action and his name we may understand that no one can do what God can do. Hence that old enemy who through pride desired to be like God is shown at the end of the world, left to his own strength and about to undergo the final punishment, as destined to fight with Michael the Archangel, as John says, "There was a battle with Michael the Archangel." Similarly, Gabriel was sent to Mary; he who is called "Strength of God" came to announce Him who deigned to appear in humility to conquer the powers of the air. And Raphael is interpreted, as we said, "Medicine of God," for when he touched the eyes of Tobias to do the work of healing, he dispelled the "night of his blindness."

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

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Walking through fire... with JOY!...

"Who we love shapes what we become." 
 St Clare of Assisi

When St Margaret Mary Alacoque left the world 
and consecrated herself to God in the cloister, 
she made a private vow and wrote in her blood,
"All for the Eucharist,
nothing for me."
It is useless to attempt to describe 
the Saint's burning love for the Eucharist.
When she was not able to receive Holy Communion, 
she broke out in ardent expressions of love like these:

"I have such a desire for Holy Communion that if
I had to walk barefoot along a path of fire to obtain It,
I would do so with unspeakable joy."
Excerpt from Jesus, Our Eucharistic Love 
Fr Stefano Manelli