Saturday, February 29, 2020

Open invitation...

"Of all devotions, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
is the greatest after the sacraments, the one dearest to God and
the one most helpful to us.' - St Alphonsus Ligouri

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"He makes it ever clearer to me
that He wants me to burn with love for Him
in devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. 

Every time I receive Him
I must feel renewed that longing
which stirs within me to live for Jesus only and
to obtain the grace of preservation from so many sins
which I should certainly commit
if He did not come to my help. 
How can I remain deaf to His invitation?"

Pope St John XXIII

Be open to an invitation 
to daily Mass or daily Adoration...

Friday, February 28, 2020

A vision that leads...

So I gaze on you in the sanctuary 
to see your strength and your glory.  
For your love is better than life ... 
So I will bless you all my life...Psalm 63:2-4

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“Video caelos apertos, St Stephen cried
as they stoned him:  ‘I see the heavens opened’. 

The elevation is the moment at which the eternal
is made manifest in time, in the ‘divine mystery’,
the moment of vision on the Mount of Vision. 

But we are not meant to think of the vision 
as something which, however precious and sublime,
is fugitive, impermanent:  
essentially it leads on to the moment of communion, 
and that in its turn points onward to the life that is 
to be led in the world when the Mass is over.

Gerald Vann, O.P.
The Paradise Tree 

Prayer ~ Fasting ~ Almsgiving

"Therefore, do not lose by saving, but gather in by scattering.
Give to the poor, and you give to yourself. You will not be allowed to keep
what you have refused to give to others." - St Peter Chrysologus

Stained Glass:  Elevation of host.  Rothenburg, St Jakob (Bavaria).  Artist: Rafael Toussaint