Saturday, June 10, 2023

100% - nothing less...

"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.
And walk in love, as Christ loved us...  Eph 5:1, 2a

"Belong entirely to God through love,
entirely to your neighbor
through a gracious charity,
entirely to the divine Eucharist
by the offering and sacrifice of your whole self.
Bear with yourself
in the patience of our Lord."

St Peter Julian Eymard
in a letter to
Mrs Stephanie Gourde
23 October 1559

Friday, June 9, 2023

Christ's inseparable companions...

Follow the way of love... I Corinthians 14:1

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"Go with Him, 
as His inseparable companion, to the 
wedding feast of Cana, and drink of the wine of His blessing. 
Let you have ever before you the Face of the Lord,
 and look upon His beautyand let your earnest gaze turn 
nowhere away from His most sweet countenance. 

Go before Him 
into a desert place and see the wonder of 
His workswhere He multiplied in His own Holy Hands
the bread that sufficed to feed a great multitude.

Go, my brother, go forward, 
and with all the love of your soul 
follow Christ wherever He may go... 

And lovingly behold Him 
as taking bread into His hands, He blesses it, and breaks it, 
as the outward form of His own Immaculate Body;
 and the chalice which He blessed as the outward form 
of His Precious Blood, and gave to His Disciples; and 
be you also a partaker of His sacraments."

St Ephrem
Syria ~ 306-373
Deacon and Doctor of the Church
Poet, Hymnographer, orator, defender of the faith
His works: described as "a storehouse of treasures"
He was called:  "Harp of the Holy Spirit," 
"Doctor of the World,"
and "Pillar of the Church."
Great devotion to Our Lady
Patron: Spiritual Directors, spiritual leaders
Feast Day – June 9

Painting above: The Marriage at Cana - Gerard David

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"Lay me not with sweet spices,
For this honor avails me not,
Nor yet use incense and perfumes,
For the honor befits me not.
Burn yet the incense in the holy place;
As for me, escort me only with your prayers,
Give ye your incense to God,
And over me send up hymns.
Instead of perfumes and spices,
Be mindful of me in your intercessions."

From The Testament of St. Ephrem

St Ephrem, Harp of the Holy Spirit, pray for us!

Thursday, June 8, 2023

Partners in praise!...

  All you have made will praise you, O LORD... Psalm 145:10a

"With what humility 
should we assist at Mass, if 
we realized that our guardian angel
was kneeling beside us, prostrate 
before the majesty of God!"

St John Mary Vianney

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

No longer imaginary, but real! ...

"O Jesus, here present in the holy Eucharist,
Your heart is all aglow with love for me!
You call me, You urge me to come You." - St Ildephonsus