Tuesday, August 31, 2021

What union can compare?...

 "Our present time and the future of the world
are illuminated by Christ's Eucharistic presence and
are desperate for His action." - Bl James Alberione (+1971)

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"Jesus is present and 
lives in our midst in the Eucharist. 
Let us listen to Him for He is truth.
Let us look at Him, for He is the face of the Father.
Let us love Him, for He is love giving Himself to His creatures.

He comes to our soul 
so that it may disappear in Him 
and become divine.
What union, however great, can compare to this?

St Teresa de Los Andes

Monday, August 30, 2021

God has a good memory...

 Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck.
... I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched.
My eyes fail, looking for my God.  - Psalm 69: 1, 3 


"Go and find Him 
when your patience and strength 
run out and you feel alone and helpless.  
Jesus is waiting for you in the chapel. 
Say to Him, 
'Jesus, you know exactly what is going on.
You are all I have, and you know all things. 
Come to my help.' 

And then go, and don’t worry 
about how you are going to manage. 
That you have 
told God about it is enough.  
He has a good memory."

St Jeanne Jugan
Sr Mary of the Cross
France ~ 1792 - 1879
Foundress - Little Sisters of the Poor
Feast Day - Aug 30

“God will help us; the work is His.” - St Jeanne Jugan
"The Hail Mary will take us to heaven." - St Jeanne Jugan

St Jeanne Jugan, pray for us!

Sunday, August 29, 2021

"...the never-ceasing silent appeal of the Tabernacle"...

In him and through faith in him we may approach God
with freedom and confidence. – Ephesians 3:12

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J.R.R. Tolkien's personal piety was simple: Confession before Mass, Mass every day and Rosary before bed. The sole ultimate focus of his devotion was the Blessed Sacrament.

Here is the conclusion of a very moving letter 
he wrote to his son, Michael, in 1941:

''Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament... There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth..." (The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, no. 43)

In another moving letter, written 22 years later 
to the same son, Tolkien writes:

''But I fell in love with the Blessed Sacrament from the beginning - and by the mercy of God never have fallen out again: but alas! I indeed did not live up to it...Out of wickedness and sloth I almost ceased to practice my religion - especially at Leeds, and at 22 Northmoor Road. Not for me the Hound of Heaven, but the never-ceasing silent appeal of the Tabernacle, and the sense of starving hunger. I regret those days bitterly (and suffer for them with such patience as I can be given); most of all because I failed as a father.

Now I pray for you all, unceasingly, that the Healer (the Hælend as the Saviour was usually called in Old English) shall heal my defects, and that none of you shall  ever cease to cry Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.'' (Ibid. no. 250).

Saturday, August 28, 2021

God gives His ALL...

 "To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances; 
to seek Him, the greatest adventure;
to find Him, the greatest human achievement." - St Augustine