Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The humility of Jesus...

  Wednesday of Holy Week

I offered my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not 
hide my face from mocking and spitting. - Isaiah 50:6

"The humility of Jesus
can be seen in the crib,
in the exile to Egypt, in the hidden life,
in the inability to make people understand Him,
in the desertion of His apostles,
in the hatred of His persecutors,
in all the terrible suffering
and death of His Passion,
and now ...
in His permanent state of humility
in the tabernacle,
where He has reduced Himself
to such a small particle of bread
that the priest can hold Him with two fingers.
The more we empty ourselves,
the more room we give God to fill us."

St Teresa of Calcutta
Painting image:  The Flagellation of Christ - Guercino

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Grant me five graces...

 Tuesday of Holy Week

"If you can not soar up as high as Christ sitting on His throne,
behold Him hanging on His cross. Rest in Christ's Passion and live
willingly in His holy wounds." ~ Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ

"Oh, my God, through the precious
Blood of Jesus and His five wounds, 
grant me today five graces: 

the conversion of a sinner, 
the conversion of an unbeliever, 
the salvation of someone 
dying in peril of everlasting death; 
vocation to the priesthood 
or to the religious life; 
 and, for some new soul, 
the grace of entering into and
savoring the mystery of the Eucharist." 

Prayer of Elisabeth Leseur (+1914)
Image above: Angels Bearing Instruments of the Passion (detail from altarpiece) ~ Rogier van der Weyden (+1464)


Let us especially be mindful of and in prayer for the thousands of
Catechumens and Candidates who are preparing to fully enter the
Catholic Church and her sacramental life this Spring!
Life in abundance! - John 10:10

Monday, March 29, 2021

Love has no sunset...

Monday of Holy Week

 "Love is never finished."- Pope Benedict XVI

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"The presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is proof that His love for us has no sunset. He is the Desired of the everlasting hills, and He puts into our hearts the desire to live close to Him.
The stresses and hurts and partings of life often bear down on us, and we may tend to feel alone as when the sun has gone down. The words of St. Augustine can lift us "He neither rises nor sets because He abides always." So our lives do not have to go down into the shadows.
It was at evening time that the risen Lord restored the desolate spirits of two disciples by revealing his presence to them "in the breaking of the bread." They pleaded with him "Stay with us, for it is towards evening." (Lk 24,29). We too can plead with Him, "Lord, be with us, both at sunrise and at sunset..."
In the Holy Eucharist the only Son of God, Jesus Christ, fulfills His promise to be with us always. What consolation, how could we be lonely?  From all the sunsets to all the sunrises "He neither rises nor sets because He abides always." (St. Augustine)." 

- from the writings of Msgr. John Moloney, P.P. 
Dublin, Ireland (+2014)

“Every day has been a great day as a priest."
As quoted on the celebration of his
70th Anniversary of priesthood Ordination

Above: Chalice and host painting: Craig Gallagher

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Palm Sunday (wear RED today) ..

 HOLY WEEKthe most solemn and intense period of worship in the Christian faith, begins with 
(full name), the Sunday before Easter. 
In spite of the spiritual gravity of Holy Week, it begins with joy. 
The Church celebrates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem 
and her commemorative pilgrimage
with her Lord on His way to Calvary.
Wear RED today to holy Mass!

The event is mentioned in all four Gospels:
Mark 11:1–11, Matt 21:1–11, Luke 19:28–44, John 12:12–19.