Icon Sancta

  I could write about what happened to me in confession this weekend, or about the Mass that included the new Eucharistic Minister’s children hugging her legs while she distributed the precious Blood of Jesus…or about the priest who left the ambo to interact with the congregation which included all manner of distractions.. or the music minister receiving communion while he was singing, but I’d rather just not talk much anymore. I’d rather pray and leave you with Sister Irene and her beautiful Icons.     You know our culture, church and world are in a free fall. Pray, fast, submerge yourself in the sacraments and the Holy Scriptures. We must keep our eyes fixed on on the Lord so that as we are “tossed about by the...

Rispetto in Chiesa

  It was the fourth Sunday of Lent as Pope John XXIII,   “was making his way among the crowds in Ostia. (about 15 miles to the south-west of Rome.)   Thousands of people were waiting for him along the street, in the piazza, in the church.   They wanted to see him, to applaud him. They did not know that afterwards, he would rebuke them, in a good-natured way, in his simple, spontaneous, familiar way of speaking,”   The short video as well as the translation is here. Scroll down a bit and you’ll see it . I don’t know when this became an accepted practice in the liturgy, (I can only guess), but it’s distracting and very disrespectful to the true “Host” of the Mass. One of the comments added this quote...

Monastic Sanctity

Monastic Sanctity

  St Sharbel Makhluf is a new saint to me.   St Charbel Makhlouf lived and promoted the spirituality of the Maronite Church which is considered a monastic Church. The Maronite monastic tradition, which finds its origins in the spirituality of St Anthony of Egypt, was reflected in the different monastic orders and congregations in the Maronite Church.   St Charbel, a son of the Lebanese Maronite Order, a religious order born of this Eastern tradition and spirituality was the first Maronite Saint canonized by a Pope. One of the great figures of modern Catholic history, St Charbel’s holiness grew in the secluded life of a hermit, but has reached people throughout the world.   It was during his 23 years as a hermit that his reputation for sanctity...

The sword against the flesh

The sword against the flesh

  ….God Himself requires great zeal in His elect.   for He commanded all false prophets to be killed and every man who fell away from true worship and dared to persuade anyone else to do the same was to be stoned to death and, if such were the case in a city, the entire city was to be destroyed by fire and totally leveled to the ground and left to be perpetually a heap of ruins, never again to be rebuilt.   O would that this kind of burning zeal for true religion had been found in the Catholic Church.   St Lawrence of Brindisi is a priest and doctor of the church. As you might guess from this quote he was known for his effective and forceful preaching which captured the hearts of people high and low. During the era of the Counter...

My Lord and my God

My Lord and my God

  The apostle Thomas is a kindred spirit–a great saint for our confused times; for he is a curious combination of faith and doubt. Like him, I share times when I am enthused about what the Lord is doing on this journey of faith and joyfully exclaim ~   “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.” —John 11:16   But full disclosure forces me to admit that like Thomas, there are times, I wonder where Jesus is taking me ~   “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how can we know the way? “ —John 14:5   Such vacillation I think, is inherent to the human condition. We just want to see, know, understand and then we’d have no problem following, or at least we could make what the world terms an...

What if you’re in prison?

What if you’re in prison?

No one has known Christ better than Paul, nor surpassed him in the careful example he gave of what anyone should be who bears Christ’s name. So precisely did he mirror his Master that he became his very image.   By a painstaking imitation, he was transformed into his model and it seemed to be no longer Paul who lived and spoke, but Christ himself.   —From a treatise on Christian Perfection, by St Gregory of Nyssa, bishop   Is there any greater compliment that could be paid to a follower of Christ?  So transformed was he by God’s grace, that to the Corinthians who desired proof that Christ was speaking in him St Paul says: It’s no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. All the more do I appreciate him as I slowly...

My Continuous Lent for Ordinary Time

My Continuous Lent for Ordinary Time

    Now that the Easter season has come to a close, I’m thinking of a part of the Holy Rule rule where St Benedict says, our lives should be a continual Lent (a continuous conversion), and wondering how I can implement that in a new way since we’ve entered into Ordinary time. You know how it is when you ask the Lord to show you something to change about yourself ? Well, this year he told me to ask His Blessed Mother and she would help me if I was serious about what I was asking. For a second– I thought, Maybe I should rephrase the question. But, I trust my Heavenly Mother. She was probably interceding for me to have the courage to ask anyways, knowing I could never do such a thing without an avalanche of graces from her hands. This...

Am I a Gambler ?

Am I a Gambler ?

  (This week I start another class…so my posts might be sparse, but I’m still here.)   I’ve been slowly moving through St Paul’s letter to the Philippians, where the opening sentence sets the tone for the whole letter. He says: From Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus… He is writing to a church where he knows the people will lovingly listen to him; it was the church he was closest to and the one to whom he writes as a friend. Some commentaries say the word ‘servant’ (in the Greek, doulos) is better translated…’slave’. When St Paul calls himself a slave of Christ, he is saying a few things: Christ bought him with a price and he could NEVER belong to anyone else A slave takes His...