Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I wrote this brief reflection as part of my Advent Reflections last year on the Feast of St Andrew. I thought I would reprint it here this year to commemorate the feast of this Apostle this year.
John the Baptist pointed Andrew in the direction of the Messiah. Andrew went, found Jesus and responded to His call and invitation to "Come and follow me."
We too have been called and invited by Jesus. How can we answer and accept this invitation? Andrew's acceptance led him to the cross, quite literally. Our acceptance will lead us there as well in the particular way Jesus has chosen for each of us.
Jesus came into this world to save us. His becoming a man sanctifies our humanity.
Let us ask St Andrew to intercede for us and help us to answer the call and invitation of Christ to Come and follow, just as he did.
Through the intercession of St Andrew, may we have the courage to hear your call and accept your invitation to come and follow You. May we never be afraid to proclaim You no matter the cost. May our preparations this Advent draw us closer to You.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Some, maybe many, people have an ambivalent attitude towards the Sacrament of Penance (or Confession, or Reconciliation). I did for years. It was mainly because I didn't want to face certain things about myself and I was attached to certain sins I didn't want to give up. But all that changed one day when I made my mind up about something...
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Monday, November 28, 2011
"What are you doing?" He asked.
"We're checking how long it will take these people to thank God after they wake up from a night's sleep!"
Sunday, November 27, 2011
"And all so with y .... I mean ... and with your spirit"
"And peace to His people on ... wait ... what?"
"We believe ...no wait ... I believe ..."
"Lord I am not worthy to receive you ... huh? That changed too? ...."
"And all so ... with your spirit ... ah I give up"
Praying that change brings us all closer to the Lord, as we focus more on what we are saying, and less on habit.
(And I hope your first Mass with the new translation went smoother than mine!)
God Bless you.
Friday, November 25, 2011
We should spend just as much time today, tomorrow and the next day doing the same thing with the same emotion and passion.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
“… the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’” 1 Cor 11:23-24
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The end or fruit of Holy Scripture is not something restricted, but the fullness of eternal happiness. These writings which contain "the message of eternal life" (Jn 6:63) were written, not only that we might believe in, but also that we might possess that everlasting life in which we shall see, and love, and be fulfilled of all we desire. Then we shall really know that "love of Christ, which is beyond knowledge," and thus "be filled with the utter fullness of God" (Ephesians 3:19). . . . Such . . . must be our goal and our intent in studying and in teaching the Scriptures, and also in hearing them. . . . We must reach out in a spirit of pure faith to the Father of all light, and kneeling in our hearts, ask him to give us, through his Son and in the Holy Spirit, the true knowledge of Jesus Christ, and together with knowledge, love for him. By knowing and loving Christ, by being confirmed in faith and "planted in love" (Ephesians 3:17), we can know the breadth, length, and depth of Scripture, and, through such knowledge, attain unto the all-surpassing knowledge and measureless love which is the Blessed Trinity.
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Monday, November 14, 2011
1) List your top 3 talents that our Lord has given you. If you need help, ask someone close to you.
2) Next to each talent, write one simple way you can use it to spread God's kingdom here on earth.
3) Take the first step to do each of those this week.
Remember, doing even the smallest thing is better than burying your gifts.
God Bless you.
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Sunday, November 13, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
This morning, that thought made me laugh; that I'm looking forward to the season of looking forward...I am preparing to prepare; anticipating the anticipation!
Advent is such a beautiful season; as are many in the Liturgical year.
One of my good blogging friends wrote that her goal for this year's Advent season is to "simplify"...in all ways: decor, activities, music...everything.
That sounds good.
It sounds right.
It sounds like just what I need.
You know the Scripture verse (Psalm 46:10) that says, "Be still and know that I am God"?
Well, all I have to do to feel peace inside is to THINK that verse. Have you ever noticed that?
Just pondering those words brings a quietness and restful joy to the soul.
This is how I see Advent.
A time to be still. A time to wait on the Lord. A time to rest in His quiet presence and look forward to the great celebration of the day of His birth.
Prepare our hearts, oh Lord; that we may right our paths and ready ourselves for Your coming!
For now, I will keep looking forward to looking forward.
Care to join me?
Friday, November 11, 2011
|"The Fall of the Damned" by Peter Paul Rubens|
If I had my way, I would prefer to skip Purgatory. However, I realize that my soul is in need of a good cleansing and purging. Only after it is properly cleansed and purged of all impurities left behind by my many sins will I be deemed ready for Heaven. Even though I am not looking forward to spending time in Purgatory, I would hate to be a soul that damns his or herself to Hell.
The other day while baking cookies I carelessly touched the hot cookie sheet onto my arm. It immediately began to hurt and blister. Then yesterday, I carelessly went near the whistling of the tea kettle, burning my finger. Both times the pain was very intense.
That pain helped me to reflect on eternity.
Can you imagine what it will be like for the souls who up to the very end of their lives continued to reject God's love and mercy? Our loving Father will have given them every chance He could possibly give them to repent, to turn back into His loving arms. But these obstinate souls in their misguided pride will reject Him still again for the final time, and will go of their own volition, into the waiting arms of the Prince of Darkness and Father of Lies.
I am currently reading The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life by Father Charles Arminjon*. He quotes an eminent yet nameless theologian regarding the resurrection of our bodies. It is my understanding that not only the sheep will have their bodies reunited with their soul but the goats will too.
"in the body of a man...there is both something essential and something secondary and accessory. The essential part is what he shares with no one, what he alone possess and will possess forever; it is the part of him that existed at the moment he was formed, animated and vivified by his soul. These essential elements he will always keep. They will always be his. The rest, that which is produced by nutrition, digestion, and assimilation, is not he. He can lose it, and does lose it, without ceasing to be himself. It will be with these essential, personal elements that God will resurrect the glorious, spiritual bodies, as also He will resurrect the immortal corruption of the damned. The soul being the same, the real kernel, the constitutive element remaining the same, the rest is of little importance and its identity will remain eternally...."
The above description of the body's resurrection seems to indicate that the damned will not only feel physical pain...actually agonizing physical pain of the burning fires of Hell, but that pain will never cease. It will be for all eternity. They will never have a respite from that agony. Yet even this endless torture will not compare to the spiritual pain they will feel knowing they have lost God's love forever because of their rejection, not of Satan and all his empty promises, but that of their loving creator.
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Thursday, November 10, 2011
OK, it's November and I keep having thoughts about the Holy Souls in purgatory and how much they need us. I picked up this chaplet from Father Mark Kirby's blog, Vultus Christi, a couple of years ago and posted about it at my blog with some commentary. I thought many readers of this blog would like to have it, too.
The more I study and contemplate the Poor Souls, the more I want to do for them. Reading St. Catherine of Genoa's work on purgatory has given me the desire to grow in charity through remembering them in my prayers. So here is the easy chaplet for the Poor Souls you can say anytime you want:
V. Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Thy Beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, the lamb without blemish or spot (1 Ps 1:19)
R. For the refreshment and deliverance of the souls in Purgatory
(One can add here, especially those of my family, or of my ancestry, or of priests. The Holy Spirit sometimes moves one to pray for particular groups of Holy Souls.)
Ten times on the small beads:
V. By Thy Precious Blood, O Jesus –
R. Purify and deliver their souls.
After having said five decades, one concludes with:
V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.If you have the opportunity to pass this on in your parishes or families, I'm sure the Holy Souls in purgatory will be very happy.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
I am not shamelessly promoting my blog here, but I am shamelessly promoting information about what vocations are, what they are not, the meaning of vocation, and how to discern what one's vocation is. Perhaps in the following posts you might find something helpful for yourself, your kids, or a friend.
Vocations Are Not...
Discerning One's Vocation
I think that if people understood the meaning of vocation earlier in life, they would experience a lot fewer false starts and a lot less confusion and suffering. Plus, we all could appreciate the gifts God bestows on the world through the callings He gives to each one of us.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
"The Saints were people who did ordinary things in extraordinary ways."
It was almost like he was daring us to contemplate why we couldn't be one someday ...
Friday, November 4, 2011
The doctrine of purgatory is ancient in terms of earth time. Because there are non-Catholics in my family who dispute the doctrine, I wrote an article that I hoped would help explain better where our doctrine of purgatory originates and how it is referenced in the Bible. In the process I learned a lot myself. If you'd like to read more, check out