Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Rendezvous with God...

CCC 1327. "In brief, the Eucharist 
is the sum and summary of our faith:
'Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist,
and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking.'

(St Irenaeus, Adv. haeres.4,18, 5: PG7/l, 1028.)

"The Mass is the greatest of all love songs.  
It is our rendezvous with God, where 
He comes to us joyfully and gladly. 

What has already begun through other kinds of prayer is now brought to fulfillment at Mass.  God and humanity become one in a strange and incredible mystery that only a lover like God could conceive.  The Mass is the incarnation of His immense love, and it is also the incarnation of our response:  

God and human beings are in communion. …

I am always especially joyful when I go to Communion, cognizant of the great mystery happening there.  For me, the symbols of bread and wine dissolve and disappear into the reality of Christ’s Body and Blood.  

I receive God in a mysterious way.  He comes to me in order to be united with me.  When I receive from the chalice, it is difficult for me to let go of it.  The symbolism has vanished, and only the Blood of Christ remains.  I want to hold on to it as long as I can."

Catherine de Hueck Doherty (1896-1985)
Excerpt from Soul of My Soul: 
Reflections from a Life of Prayer (pgs 93,94)

Sometime in the month of April ...
invite someone to attend Mass with you!
What a fitting gift in this month
dedicated to the Holy Eucharist and Holy Spirit! 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Holy paradise within grasp! ...

"The altar reminds us of the remoteness in which He lives
"beyond the altar," as we might say, meaning divine distance
or "above the altar," meaning divine loftiness, both to be 
understood of course not spatially, but spiritually." 
Romano Guardini

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"Possessing this treasure of holy Mass,
hope breathes again;
and if we but throw it not away by our own mismanagement,
we have holy paradise within our grasp

Well may we, therefore, kiss our altars,
perfume them with incense and holy sweets;
and, what is more, honor them with the utmost reverence
and awe, since through them there cometh so much good."

St Leonard of Port Maurice 
The Hidden Treasure: Holy Mass, pg 30

Photo image:  Msgr Gilles Wach incensing altar, Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest

Monday, April 12, 2021

Bringing heaven home...

 "The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment 
and to thank God for all that He, in His goodness, 
sends to us each day." - St Gianna Beretta Molla


    "Our whole life gets caught up in the Mass and becomes our participation in the Mass.  As heaven descends to earth, we lift up our earth to meet it halfway.  That's the splendor of the ordinary:  the workaday world becomes our Mass.  That's how we bring about the Kingdom of God.  When we begin to see that heaven awaits us in the Mass, we begin already to bring our home to heaven.  And we begin already to bring heaven home with us.  ...

    We were made as creatures on earth, but we were made for heaven, and nothing less.  We were made in time like Adam and Eve, yet not to remain in an earthly paradise, but to be taken up into the eternal life of God Himself. 

    Now, heaven has been unveiled for us with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Now is the Communion God has created us for.  Now, heaven touches earth and awaits you.  Jesus Christ himself says to you:  "BeholdI stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me' (Rev 3:20). The door opens now on the marriage supper of the Lamb."  

Dr Scott Hahn
From The Lamb's Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth (1999)

Remembering St Giuseppe Moscati today 
on the anniversary of his death: 04/12/1927

Many healing miracles are attributed to St Giuseppe's intercession.  He was a stellar medical doctor and professor of medicine in Italy. Ask for his partnership in prayer today - for healing!
St Giuseppe Moscati, pray for us!

Sunday, April 11, 2021

"Jesus, I trust in You!" ..

“Let your heart ever belong to God through purity of intention,
attachment to His love, and confidence in His divine mercy. 
… You must reach the point where Jesus is sufficient to you.”
 - St. Peter Julian Eymard


"Let no one mourn 
that he has fallen again and again; 
for forgiveness has risen from the grave." 
St John Chrysostom

Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (#10):

"Especially from the Eucharist,
grace is poured forth upon us
as from a fountain."

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First Mass of St John of Malta

 "O what awesome mysteries take place during Mass! ... 
One day we will know 
what God is doing for us in each Mass, 
and what sort of gift He is preparing in it for us.  

Only His divine love could permit 
that such a gift be provided for us ... 
this fountain of life gushing forth 
with such sweetness and power (914) ...

"O living Host, my one and only strength, 
fountain of  love and mercy, 
embrace the whole world, fortify faint souls.  
Oh, blessed be the instant and the moment 
when Jesus left us His most merciful Heart!" (223).

St Maria Faustina Kowalska
Diary: Divine Mercy in my Soul

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Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am faint;
O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in agony. - Psalm 6:2

   "No traveling soul can worthily love its God, but when this soul
does everything it possibly can, and trusts in divine mercy
why should Jesus reject it?  Didn't He command us to love God in
accordance with our strength?  When you have given and
consecrated everything to God, why do you fear?" - St Pio (1916) 

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“Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to His Love
and the future to His Providence. ”- St. Augustine

 "Pray with great confidence, with confidence based upon the
goodness and infinite generosity of God and upon the promises of
Jesus Christ. God is a spring of living water which flows unceasingly 
into the hearts of those who pray."- St. Louis de Montfort
Jesus, I trust in You!

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Rightly devoted... (EASTER SATURDAY)

"You've got to pray to Our Lady.  
When you lose devotion to Our Lady 
you're out there with the wolves." - Mother Angelica

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"Do you, then, be also careful always to join
to your daily visit to the most Blessed Sacrament
visit to the most holy Virgin Mary in some church,
or at least before a devout image in your own house.  

If you do this with tender affection and confidence,
you may hope to receive great things from this most gracious Lady,
who, as St Andrew of Crete says, always bestows great gifts
on those who offer her even the least act of homage."

St Alphonsus Ligouri

Divine Mercy Novena Day #9