Eucharistic Reflection - Do Not Be Afriad of Liturgical Silence!

“I call Catholics to genuine conversion! Let us strive with all our heart to become in each of our Eucharistic celebrations ‘a pure Victim, a holy Victim, a spotless Victim!' Let us not be afraid of liturgical silence. How I would love it if pastors and the faithful would enter joyfully into this silence that is full of sacred reverence and love for the ineffable God. How I would love it if churches were houses in which the great silence prevails that announces and reveals the adored presence of God. How I would love it if Christians in the liturgy could experience the power of silence!”

(Robert Cardinal Sarah from The Power of Silence – Against The Dictatorship of Noise)


Pondering Tidbits of Truth - May 12, 2022

Pondering Tidbits of Truth is my simple and inadequate way of providing nuggets of spiritual wisdom for you to chew on from time to time.

Venerable Louis of Granada, O.P.

“Covetousness is an inordinate desire for riches…When you are assailed by this vice arm yourself with the following considerations: Remember that our Lord and Savior, at His coming into this world, disdained to possess riches which are the object of your desires. On the contrary, He so loved poverty that He chose for His mother not a rich and powerful queen, but a poor and humble Virgin. He willed to be born not in a palace, but in a bleak stable, the manger of which, covered with a little straw, was His only couch.

During His life upon earth, He never ceased to manifest His love with poverty and His contempt for riches. For His Apostles he chose not the princes of great houses, but poor and ignorant fisherman. What greater presumption can there be than that of a base worm coveting riches, when the Creator of the universe became so poor for love of him!”

(From The Sinner’s Guide)

Venerable Bruno Lanteri

“As you walk out the door toward the car, as you sit down to begin your study, as you walk across the parking lot to the church, as you put on the apron…simply lift your spiritual gaze to Jesus, clothing yourself in His spirit and uniting yourself to His will. This adds no time to the activity, but it changes everything.”

(From Overcoming Spiritual Discouragement – The Wisdom and Spiritual Power of Venerable Bruno Lanteri)


Eucharistic Reflection - Come To Him

“The same Jesus who walked across the water and stretched out His hand to save a drowning Peter reaches out in the Blessed Sacrament to strengthen the weak and comfort the afflicted. Even if you think that you are the worst person in the whole world, you are that much more welcome to come to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. He said that He has come not for the well but for the sick, because the well do not need a physician. Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the divine physician of our soul. The farther away you think you are from God, the more Jesus wants you to come to him in the Blessed Sacrament. He said that He has not come for the self righteous, but for sinners.

In the 1960s there was song called ‘Suzanne’. The lyrics were: ‘And Jesus was a sailor and as He sailed across the waters, only drowning men could see Him.’

The greater our need and desperation, the more clearly we should see Jesus calling us to Himself in the Blessed Sacrament. From the Blessed Sacrament, Jesus says to us now what he said to Saint Peter then:

‘Take courage. It is I. Do not be afraid!’ It is I! It is really the Jesus who loves you and who died for you who is truly present in the most Blessed Sacrament. We have nothing whatsoever to fear. We should not let our sins keep us from coming to Him because He is infinite mercy. We should not let the fact that we may not be able to pray well keep us from coming to Him, because the mere fact that we go to the Chapel of Perpetual Adoration is, in itself, a prayer of great faith. We should not let a busy schedule keep us from coming to Him because spending time with Jesus and in the Blessed Sacrament is the best and greatest time that we will ever spend on earth.”

(From Come to Me in the Blessed Sacrament)

Adoration and Reparation for Priests (On Thursdays)

[We must pray for our priests! Why not consider offering the following prayer every Thursday. It comes from The Cure d'Ars Prayer Group in Raleigh, North Carolina and is posted here with their permission. You can visit their website here.]

Lord Jesus Christ, moved by the Holy Spirit, and full of confidence in the help of Thy Most Holy Mother, I offer Thee this Thursday, and every Thursday for the rest of my life, in thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Thy Most Holy Body and Blood, and in adoration and reparation for all the priests of Thy Church, especially for those who do not adore Thee, for those who are wounded in their souls, and for those who are exposed to the attacks of the powers of darkness.

For them and in their place, allow me to abide before Thy Eucharistic Face. In their name, let me draw near to Thy open Heart, ever-flowing with the Blood and the Water that purify, heal, and sanctify all souls, but, first of all, those of Thy priests.

Eternal High Priest, Make me an entirely Eucharistic soul, according to the desires of Thy Sacred Heart and the designs of Thy merciful goodness upon my life. I desire only to love Thee more each day, and to be, by Thy grace, the faithful adorer of Thy Eucharistic Face and the consoling friend of Thy Sacred Heart hidden in the tabernacles of the world, where it beats, wounded by love, forgotten, forsaken, and waiting for the adoration and for the love of even one priest. Amen


Eucharistic Reflection - Why Don't We Care?

O Lord, open our eyes, hearts, minds and souls to the Truth and Treasure of Your Presence here among us:

"Jesus Christ dwells in the midst of us in the same manner He dwelt at Nazareth amidst His relatives. He was there without being known by them, and without working in their favor, the miracles that He wrought elsewhere. Our blindness and evil dispositions prevent Him from letting us experience the wonderful operations with which He favors those whom He finds well disposed…

Why is it, then, that we have so little feeling, either for the neglect shown to Jesus Christ in the most Blessed Sacrament where He is visited by so few, or for the outrages He there endures, from the very persons who profess to believe in Him? Certainly because the faith of Christians on this point is very weak."

(From Devotion to the Sacred Heart by Father John Croiset, S.J.)

(This is one of 250 Eucharistic Reflections you will find in Stirring Slumbering Souls, recent recipient of the Catholic Writer's Guild's Seal of Approval)


Some things to chew on...

Pondering Tidbits of Truth is my simple and inadequate way of providing nuggets of spiritual wisdom for you to chew on from time to time.

Peter Kreeft, Ph.D.

The best reason for praying to saints in Heaven is that they, unlike friends on earth, never pray for anything outside God’s will, which is always the best thing for us; and since their prayers are thus more conformed to God’s will than ours are, they are (1) wiser than ours, (2) more powerful than ours, and (3) always effective, since they are one with God’s will, which is omnipotent.

(From Practical Theology)

Venerable Louis Granada, O.P.

“You must suffer. You cannot escape it, for it is a law your nature. Can you resist the almighty power of God when He is pleased to send you afflictions? Knowing these truths and knowing that your sins deserve more than you can bear, why will you struggle against your trials? Why not bear them patiently and thus atone for your sins and merit many graces? Is it not madness to try to escape them, and thereby lose the blessings that they can give, receiving instead a weight of impatience and misery which only adds to the load you must carry? Stand prepared, then, for tribulations, for what can you expect from a corrupt world, from a frail flesh, from the envy of devils, and from the malice of men, but contradictions and persecutions?


Monday Musings - "Forewarned Is Forearmed"

Nothing of eternal value will result from keeping our necks in the sand. Now is the time to ponder what awaits all of us:

"Reflect, then, on the sentiments that will be yours when you will stand before the tribunal of God, with no defenders but your good works, with no companion but your own conscience. And if then you will not be able to satisfy your Judge, who will give expression to the bitterness of your anguish?

For the question at issue is not a fleeting temporal life, but an eternity of happiness or an eternity of misery. Whither will you turn? What protection will you seek? Your tears will be powerless to soften your Judge; the time for repentance will be past. Little will honors, dignities, and wealth avail you, for 'Riches,' says the Wise Man, 'shall not profit in the day of vengeance, but justice shall deliver a man from death.' (Prov. 11:4).


“When making the Sign of the Cross, therefore, we confess three great mysteries:

the Trinity,
the Passion, and
the remission of sins,

by which we are moved from the left, the hand of the curse, to the right, the hand of blessing.”

—St. Francis de Sales

Think Heaven Is A Certain Destination For Your Soul?

We must never presume upon God's mercy. Too many of us take His mercy for granted. We do not like to think of His justice. Why Catholics are being told they all have a reasonable hope of being saved.

This is not quite what many of our Saints have concluded.

Here are two short examples:

According to St. Leonard of Port Maurice, Saint Vincent Ferrer reported "that an archdeacon in Lyons gave up his charge and retreated into a desert place to do penance, and that he died the same day and hour as Saint Bernard. After his death, he appeared to his bishop and said to him, ‘Know, Monsignor, that at the very hour I passed away, thirty-three thousand people also died. Out of this number, Bernard and myself went up to heaven without delay, three went to purgatory, and all the others fell into Hell.' "

Saint Jacinta of Fatima warned that “So many people are going to die, and almost all of them are going to Hell! So many people falling into hell!”

If this is not enough for us to abandon any sense of spiritual complacency we may have adopted and begin anticipatory trembling, ponder this example Venerable Louis of Granada, O.P. shared in his spiritual classic, The Sinner's Guide:


A Daily Promise
Posted on March 27, 2022 by mseagrif

“My vocation is beautiful; its duties are great and holy. I desire to spend my life in adoration at the foot of Incarnate Love. Before that Eucharistic throne, I will join the angels and saints in what they do and will eternally do in heaven: praising the infinite bounty of God and blessing the boundless mercy of God. With this gift of self, I devote my life to live the mystery of the Eucharist fully and make known the love of God in service to others.”

(From Consecration to Jesus Through Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament)

(Lk 11:14-23)
He was driving out a demon [that was] mute, and when the demon had gone out, the mute person spoke and the crowds were amazed.

Some of them said, "By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons." Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven.

But he knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons.

If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people drive them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that [I] drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe. But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils.

Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters."

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - March 24, 2022

Pondering Tidbits of Truth is my simple and inadequate way of providing nuggets of spiritual wisdom for you to chew on from time to time.

St. Margaret Mary

"The Divine Heart is an ocean full of all good things, wherein poor souls can cast all their needs; it is an ocean full of joy to drown all our sadness, an ocean of humility to drown our folly, an ocean of mercy to those in distress, an ocean of love in which to submerge our poverty."

(From The Heart of Prayer: The Essential Guide to Knowing God Through Prayer)

Laura Catherine Worchacz

“[Our Blessed Mother) Mary devoted herself exclusively to the Eucharistic glory of Jesus. She knew it was the desire of the Eternal Father to make the Eucharist known, loved and served by all men; that the need of Jesus’ heart was to communicate to all men His gift of grace and glory…She was consumed with the desire to make Jesus and the Blessed Sacrament known to all, to inflame all hearts with His love, to see them enchained to His loving service…Eucharistic adorers share Mary’s life of mission and prayer at the foot of the Most Blessed Sacrament…We are called to prepare ourselves to receive Communion as if it would be our first or our last time. We are called to be, as much as possible, at the throne of mercy before the Blessed Sacrament.”

(From Consecration to Jesus Through Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament)

St. Augustine

“Speaking of the character true conversion, St. Augustine says, “he is truly converted who turns to God with his whole heart, who not only fears punishment but earnestly desires to merit God’s graces and favors. Should anyone turn to God in this way, even at the end of his life, we would have no reason to despair of his salvation. But as examples of this perfect conversion are very rare, we cannot but tremble for one who defers his repentance until the hour of death.”

(From The Sinner’s Guide by Venerable Louis of Granada, O.P.)


Eucharistic Reflection - This Is What Jesus Wants

"The spirit of a servant of Jesus is thus defined: devoted love to the Blessed Sacrament in the spirit and virtue of the Blessed Virgin.

Devotedness longs for one thing only, and that is to give pleasure and to fulfill its duty. Our Lord does not ask us to serve Him in the outside world, not even in souls; but He says to us:

'To ascend My throne of love, I must have adorers. Without such, I cannot be solemnly exposed. You will be attached to My Person; you will exist for Me, as I shall live for you. You shall go so far as totally to renounce your own will, for I want it for Myself. Renounce your personal interests. I will assume them'...

The service of the Lord is, therefore, a duty for us as it was for Mary. You are called to serve Him and not yourself. Let us be true servants of the Blessed Sacrament, as Mary was; servants who have no longer any other interests, no longer any personality, who are entirely consumed in the service of Jesus...

If your state of life does not offer you even a small opportunity to sit before the Eucharist, sit at home. Make your home a house of prayer. It may cost you some sleep but rise early and pray. Make a holy hour at home, or a holy half hour or even twenty minutes. Set a routine and follow it as best you can. Never despair if your day does not allow you time, just begin again."

(From Consecration to Jesus Through Our Lady of The Blessed Sacrament)


This Is What Justice Looks Like

There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nothing hidden that will not be made known. Everything you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight; what you have whispered in locked rooms will be proclaimed from the rooftops.

(Luke 12:2-3)


God’s Gift
Posted on March 20, 2022

Belief in the Real Presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is a gift from God. No one but He can give it to you. He will do just that if you trust Him enough to spend time with Him. He awaits you with open and loving arms. If you come to Him with an open heart, He will give you His! That’s His promise!

What are you waiting for? Consider this a personal invitation from the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! He will transform you, your family and the communities in which you worship, live and work.

(From I Thirst For Your Love)

God’s Gift
Posted on March 20, 2022

Belief in the Real Presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is a gift from God. No one but He can give it to you. He will do just that if you trust Him enough to spend time with Him. He awaits you with open and loving arms. If you come to Him with an open heart, He will give you His! That’s His promise!

What are you waiting for? Consider this a personal invitation from the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! He will transform you, your family and the communities in which you worship, live and work.

(From I Thirst For Your Love)

Eucharistic Reflection - Jesus Is Love

“Jesus waits for us in this Sacrament of Love”

"These words were addressed to us by our [late] Holy Father [Saint] Pope John Paul II in his first letter entitled On the Mystery and Worship of the Holy Eucharist, April 1980. In speaking of the aim of what the Pope called ‘authentic renewal’ intended by Vatican II, he said, ‘The church and the world have a great need of Eucharistic Adoration. Jesus waits for us in this Sacrament of Love. Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Him in adoration, and in contemplation that is full of faith and ready to make reparation for the great faults and crimes of the world. May our adoration never cease.’

Jesus waits for us to visit Him in the Blessed Sacrament with the same enthusiasm with which the father in the parable of the prodigal son waited for his child to return home: ‘But while he was yet a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion and ran and fell upon his neck and kissed him…’


Will I Take The Time To Remember?

I will remember the four last things: death, judgment, heaven or hell, and remembering them as I ought, I shall never sin.

Father Winfrid Herbst, S.D.S.


Console His Heart
Posted on March 13, 2022 by mseagrif

Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament continues to be the ‘stone rejected by the builders.’ Many do not believe in His Eucharistic Presence; others who do believe reject His appeal for love and personal devotion to the Blessed Sacrament either through indifference or erroneous thinking.

Your belief and presence before Him today consoles His Heart for those who reject Him. For this reason, it is all the more important that you come back and remain faithful to your holy hour; for one person like you who truly loves Him in the Eucharist can make up for the many who reject Him.

(From Come to Me In the Blessed Sacrament)

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