O LORD, "You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows."
~ David in 23:5 (RSV2CE)

Eucharistic Reflection - Never Lose Sight

“We must never lose sight of our holy tabernacles: it is there that we find our strength and our virtue. If human infirmity and affairs allowed, we should pass our whole life at the feet of our Divine Master. At least let us go there as often as possible, and quit so many futile occupations that rob us of precious time claimed for what we owe the love of a God.

Far from us be disgust, negligence and frivolity. Alas! is it possible that it should be burdensome for us to converse with our Sovereign Lord? Where is one better off than close to one’s Father, to one’s spouse, to one’s all? To live with Jesus – is this not to begin to live on earth the life that we are called to live in heaven? Ah! Can we say that we have faith if we complain of the length of time we spend before the Most Holy Sacrament?

What, however, does one see in the world, and perhaps even among us? Poor creatures, fragile nothings, worms of the earth, for which it is such an effort to spend half an hour with the King of heaven and of earth! People consecrate days and nights in vain conversations, to futile entertainments, and always find it too long the moments given to a God who forgets Himself for love of us. Oh heavens, be astonished…”

(The Mystery of Incomprehensible Love by Mother Mectilde of the Blessed Sacrament)

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What The World Most Needs Now

The world is in need of many things…it is in great need of apostles who are holy, cheerful, loyal to the Church and eager to make Christ known. Let us ask ourselves whether we reflect extreme joy in our daily life. We have so many reasons to be happy: the wonder of divine filiation, the comfort of Divine Mercy, the knowledge that we are on the road to heaven…the joy of being able to receive communion so often!

Francis Fernandez

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Monday Musings - Prayer For The Intercession of the Souls of Unborn Babies

What follows is a most beautiful and touching prayer, composed by a dear friend, Marge Finnegan. This is one we should all offer. It is worthy of world-wide distribution and recitation:

Dearest Souls,

With deep sorrow, we cry to you, the millions of pure, innocent, beautiful souls in Heaven belonging to all unborn babies.Though you were not given a chance to be, to have voice, to live life while learning, playing, and sharing love here on earth, we now humbly seek your joined, powerful voices of prayerful intercessions to our Compassionate Father.
Heavenly Father, please open and enlighten the minds and hearts of all, to seek and accept Your mercy and love and end abortion on earth. Amen

From the mouths of the Holy Innocents to Your ears, Dear Lord!

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An Hour Well Spent
Posted on January 16, 2022

“If the heart wanders or is distracted [during a Holy Hour] , bring it back to the point quite gently and replace it tenderly in its Master’s presence. And even if you did nothing during the whole of your hour but bring your heart back and place it again in Our Lord’s presence, though it went away every time you brought it back, your hour would be very well employed.”

St. Francis de Sales

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"Who gives you the day will give you also the things necessary for the day."
~ Saint Gregory of Nyssa

Silence

We need to be alone with God in silence to be renewed and to be transformed. Silence is a new outlook on life. Silence is at the root of our union with God and with one another.

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Don't Die Without It - Book Review - The Art of Dying

Everything we need to know or have forgotten about assisting a dying soul is set forth in The Art of Dying (Ars Moriendi), an “immensely popular and influential text of the Middle Ages”. This treasure was recently translated with Introduction and Notes by Br. Columba Thomas, O.P., M.D. and a Forward by Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, SV.

Few Catholics know or live their Faith anymore. A substantial number no longer believe there is a hell or if there is such a place, they believe God is too merciful to send anyone there. (The Truth is we send ourselves there by the choices we make in this life).

Few are prepared to die and fewer still are equipped to assist dying souls overcome Satan’s last-ditch efforts to snatch their souls from eternal bliss.

The Art of Dying was, and is, “aimed at equipping the faithful for death and dying.” It is needed just as much now (if not more so) than when it was first
published centuries ago.

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(Lk 3:15-16, 21-22)
Now the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Messiah.

John answered them all, saying, "I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the holy Spirit and fire."

After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased."

The Power of The Eucharist
Posted on January 9, 2022

“If I am distracted, Holy Communion helps me to become recollected. If opportunities are offered by each day to offend my God, I arm myself anew each day for the combat by the reception of the Eucharist. If I am in special need of light and prudence in order to discharge my burdensome duties, I draw nigh to my Savior and seek counsel and light from Him.”

(St. Thomas More)

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“As Christ has his work, we too have ours; as he rejoiced to do his work, we must rejoice in ours also.”
— Saint John Henry Neumann

Many in the west place their hope in government and revere their secular political leaders. In the US, the left is bolder of late in their outright demands for socialism/communism.

There are many devastating consequences should these goals be realized. One is the collapse of public morality. China is a good example.

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Eucharistic Reflection - When Do You Visit Me?

“Listen Jesus is speaking…Being in heaven I came down to earth: and then I instituted the Blessed Sacrament in order to be with you always. In Holy Communion I really and truly come to you…And you? When do you come to Me? In Holy Communion I visit you; but tell Me, my child, when do you visit Me? Perhaps our Sacred meeting in the morning satisfies you; it does not satisfy Me. I long to see you here in My presence again before evening. My child. That is why I now invite you. Won’t you accept the invitation?”

(From Eucharistic Whisperings by Father Winfrid Herbst, S.D.S.)

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Let Me Always Seek You Lord
Posted on January 2, 2022

“O Sacred Host, I carry Your image engraved in my memory, but far more in my heart. I always seek You in the ciborium, in the tabernacle, in the monstrance, as my eyes and my thoughts pierce brick walls, silk, precious metals, and even the appearance of bread that hides You, my Jesus.”

(Blessed Concepcion Cabrera de Armida)

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