Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Source of LIGHT and LOVE...

"I must become a great saint.  
My Jesus wants it." - St Bernadette

“The Eucharist 
bathes the tormented soul
in light and love.
Then the soul appreciates these words,
‘Come all you who are sick, 
I will restore your health.'" 

St Bernadette
France ~ 1844-1879
Lourdes visionary and nun
Feast Day - April 16*
*Some places - other places Feb 18

PHOTO: Amor Santo | Cathopic

Said of St Bernadette by a fellow Sister, Sr Dalias:
"The Holy Eucharist was the breath of her soul."

 A tiny tot of four inquired of St Bernadette,
"You have seen the Blessed Virgin, Sister. Was she beautiful?"
"So beautiful," she replied, "that once you have seen her,
you would willingly die to see her again."

St Bernadette, pray for us!

Monday, April 15, 2024

"I owe everything to it." ...

"Holy Communion gives me strength 
to suffer and fight." - St Faustina Kowalska

"All the good that is in me 
is due to Holy Communion.
I owe everything to it. I feel that this 
holy fire has transformed me 
completely." - St Faustina Kowalska

Photo credit: Anna Nass | Shutterstock

Sunday, April 14, 2024

The wealth of His love...

  In Christ who is the source of my strength
I have strength for everything.  - Phil 4:13

"Love makes the heart leap and dance.
Love makes it exult and be festive.
Love makes it sing and be silent as it pleases.
Love grants it rest and enables it to act.
Love possesses it and gives it everything.
Love takes it over completely and dwells in it.
And Holy Communion is the mansion of love."

St. Veronica Giuliani

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Soul, know thy dignity...

 "Jesus transforms a white particle into Himself every day 
in order to communicate His life to you. What's more, 
with a love that is greater still, He wants to 
transform you into Himself." St. Thérèse of Lisieux

“Souls that eat My flesh possess God, 
the Author of life and of life eternal.  
That is how they become My heaven. 

Nothing can compare with their beauty.  
The angels are in admiration and, as God 
is with them, they fall down in adoration. 

O souls, if you only knew your dignity! 
… Your soul is My heaven; every time you 
receive Me in Holy Communion, My grace 
augments both your dignity and your beauty.”

Our Lord to Sr Josefa Menendez

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Friday, April 12, 2024

Happy are we to be His home!...

 "Christ lay in death's bonds handed over for our sins,
He is risen again and has brought us life;
For this we should be joyful, praise God
and be thankful to Him and sing Alleluia, Alleluia!"
Christ Lag in Todesbanden, from Cantata No. 4, JS Bach

“If Christ dwells within us, 
what do we need? What do we lack?
If we dwell in Christ, 
what more could we desire?

He is our host and our dwelling-place.
Happy are we to be His home!
What joy  to be ourselves the 
dwelling-place of such an inhabitant!"

St Nicolas Cabasilas (+1391)

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Time stops... we touch eternity! ...

"Help me to recognize You as Your disciples did at the 
Breaking of the Bread, so that the Eucharistic Communion 
be the light which disperses the darkness, the power which 
sustains me, the unique joy of my heart." - St Pio of Pietrelcina

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Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem

"Time stops and we touch eternity 
in this 'Sacrament of Love'. 
A love without limits, a love that is not 
afraid to give of oneself at the risk of being 
mocked, trampled, humiliated, crucified,
a love that like bread is given to 'eat',
the love of one who gives himself
at the risk of losing one’s own life."

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem
April 3, 2015, Homily
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Joining in the JOY!...

"We should consider those moments spent
before the Blessed Sacrament as the 
happiest of our lives." - St John Vianney
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"Go to Jesus.  
He loves you and is waiting for you 
to give you many graces.
He is on the altar 
surrounded by angels
adoring and praying.
Let them make some room for you
and join them in doing what they do."
St Mary Joseph Rosello (+1888)
Foundress: Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Consecrating the ordinary...

   "Our life must reach out toward the Infinite,
and from that source we must draw whatever we 
can expect of merit and dignity." - Bl Contardo Ferrini

"Then the sacred moment arrives when we receive our Lord
and are united with Him.  The moment itself is fleeting;
it takes just a quick swallow, a short turn, 
and we walk back to our seats.

To transform this ordinary routine... At the moment 
of communion, we could use some mental or vocal aspiration
such as that of St Francis de Sales:
Who am I, Lord, and who are you?

 or perhaps that of St Elizabeth: 
Where does this blessing come from -
that my Lord should come to me? (Luke 1:43)

or that of St John the Evangelist: 
Yes, come, Lord Jesus. (Rev 22:20)

...the actual thought or saying can be anything that helps 
us to focus on the moment immediately before us."

Fr Thomas F Dailey, O.S.F.S.
Excerpt from book: Live Today Well,
St Francis de Sales's Simple Approach to Holiness (2015)

Monday, April 8, 2024

That generous word, "Be it done"...


 "The Virgin Mary uttered that generous word, "Be it done" 
... Immediately the Heart of Jesus, ever to be adored, 
has begun to pulsate with love, divine and human."
Pius XII, On Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 63

"The Wisdom of God creates poets. How evidently this is so can be seen by considering Mary of Nazareth. When she had given to the Lord of Hosts the Flesh that would become our Bread, Wisdom caused her to break into a poem of praise, a song repeated by more people than probably any other ever composed. 
The Presence within stirred her to exult and proclaim the One 'who has filled the hungry with good things'. And the praise owed to the Presence of embodied Wisdom among us has never ceased in the Church from that day until this."
 James T. O'Connor, The Hidden Manna

When the Divine Child was conceived, Mary’s humanity gave Him hands and feet, eyes and ears, and a body with which to suffer. Just as the petals of a rose after a dew close on the dew as if to absorb its energies, so too Mary as the Mystical Rose closed upon Him Whom the Old Testament had described as a dew descending upon the earth. When finally she did give Him birth, it was as if a great ciborium had opened, and she was holding in her fingers the Guest Who was also the Host of the world, as if to say, ‘Look, this is the Lamb of God; look, this is He Who takes away the sins of the world.’”
Ven Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Life of Christ

Top Image: The Annunciation,  Harald Slott-Moller
Bottom Image: Mystical Rose - Sr Marie Pierre Semlar, M.M.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, 
that we may be made worthy of the promises of  Christ!

Sunday, April 7, 2024

"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

 Divine Mercy Sunday 

"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 Padre 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 6, 2024

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