Thursday, January 25, 2018

Going to the end of our being...

...for our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power 
and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. - I Thes 1:5a

 "The single greatest need in the world today 
is the practice of prayer 
before the Blessed Sacrament.  
How can we say this? Logically! We have seen that the conversion 
of our country calls for an outpouring of marvelous power from God. 
Christ promised to move mountains at the words of a person 
who believes.  We conclude: there is no greater profession of faith 
than during prayer before the Holy Eucharist.

Why should prayer before 
Christ in the Eucharist be so potent 
in  obtaining miracles of conversion? 
Because it is prayer that is animated by extraordinary faith. ... 
There is no miracle too great, and no miracle is greater 
than the conversion of sinners—provided we believe.

That is why we can say 
and say with complete security; 
the single most powerful means on earth for the conversion of America 
is for Catholic Americans to mobilize a crusade of prayer 
before the Eucharist for the conversion of our nation."  

 From The Conversion of America Through the Eucharist -  
Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. (1998)
(Undoubtedly applicable to every nation! - Ed.)


January 25

*This feast is at the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, an international Christian ecumenical observance that began in 1908, which is an octave (eight day observance) spanning from January 18 (Confession of Peter) to January 25.

"Being converted is simply meeting yourself for the purpose of going to the very end of your being. Conversion means a willingness to see the truth of things and conform one's conduct to it" (A. Serillanges). In the Voice and the Light that Saul encounters on the road, he sees the truth of things and willingly conforms himself to Jesus Christ.  "That dear preacher Paul ... was a wolf, but he became a lamb, a gracious vessel of love - and the fire with which Christ filled his vessel he carried through the whole world" (St Catherine of Siena).  "It is clear that Paul wholly fled from himself and cast out all his own will, and that his will was active only in relation to Christ.  Since with Christ there was nothing undesirable or repugnant to his will, it follows that his was a wondrous pleasure which was always present and with which he always lived" (Nicholas Cabasilas). Excerpt from Magnificat, Vol 19, No 11, January 2018 (pg 361).

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St Paul, pray for our continued conversion!

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